Geographic Feature: Lauder


(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 at Minto) the services …
The unique ecology of the Lauder Sandhills attracted the early plains bison which were followed by the humans who hunted them.