(1891) Two of the CPR lines met at Lauder in a “T” junction.


#The train that hopped between rail lines had its beginning in the community of Dand **In use between 1910 and 1962** ##"Not Being Able to Get From There to Here" The Blue Flea line was unique among railway lines. It was the only route that offered passengers the opportunity to jump from one line to another (much like a flea, thus one hypothesis behind its name). Generally railway companies strenuously resisted crossing tracks with another rail line. And even when these rare occurrences did take place (such as the Canadian National Railway and [Great Northern Railway](item=great-northern-railway) at Minto) the services necessary to exchange passengers or goods from one line to another were not present. The Blue Flea zig-zagged back and forth between the towns that had more than one station, solving the problem of “not being able to get there from here.” [[inline:left:blue-flea]] ##Thomas Dand The Lauder Subdivision of the CPR (which came to be known as the Blue Flea) was constructed due to a request which came from one Thomas Dand. Thomas Dand and his son James Morgan Dand had moved to Manitoba from England in 1882 closely following the death of Thomas Dand’s wife (James’ mother). They had been living in Exeter where Thomas worked as an engineer. It was due to his guidance that the city had one of the most state of the art water and sewage systems in England. Arriving in Canada, the Dands were put in charge of building bridges through the Kicking Horse …

The unique ecology of the Lauder Sandhills attracted the early plains bison which were followed by the humans who hunted them.