This quote was taken from the book, Think and Grow Rich, which best describes how many exciting and successful ventures come to be, including the concept for DeWinton Station circa 1915 “Old Town”, conceived by Barrie L. Roberts - the company founder.
A Message from Barrie L. Roberts, Chief Engineer of Operations:
DeWinton Station has methodically evolved over the past decade from a personal desire to develop a home based retirement hobby project - into a major undertaking, that has proven to become a first class attraction. I have always been fascinated with the railroad, its history, romance and relationship to the growth of this nation. To now pass on this interest onto the next generation of rail fans will fulfill a desire to leave behind a worthwhile project or legacy that will carry on...
DSGR's primary concentration was to create a lasting exhibit for those who have had a similar connection with the steam era of railroading. DeWinton Station has been to date the vehicle in which to support this dream by providing the focus and support system required to encourage the development of a day visit location.
Our product is excitement.
Excitement generated through the combination of the visual realistic scenery that surrounds you from all sides, friendships created with fellow train enthusiasts and the sense of freedom derived while you envision yourself traveling the winding mountain railways. The model toy trains of my youth inspired me to expand my learned abilities as a carpenter to create an imaginary world - far apart from the hectic pace of the modern city living. My modest two-acre parcel at the southern outskirts of Calgary is the perfect location to conduct this venture.
Welcome to our home and my G-scale train displays.
The era Circa 1915 depicts the year of birth of my father, Richard A. Roberts, a realtor and retired career soldier who developed the property and the Valleyview Acres subdivision. Father (a.k.a. Robbie or Dick) served with the PPCLI in Italy during WWII, then enlisted with the LdSH upon returning from overseas.
It also symbolizes the time his father, Captain A.E.W. Roberts (a.k.a. Cappy) an early Peace Country settler/pioneer, was away serving the nation as a combat soldier in the First Great War campaign. Cappy was awarded the Military Cross at Arras for his fearless actions defending his position to the last round, despite his own wounds from gunfire.
All of the trees were planted by Dick's hand (and my back) with the exception of the grouping on the east side. These native poplar trees have now matured to provide an excellent wind shelter for the home, and to allow a certain amount of privacy.
My mother Joan's love of gardening gave me the inspiration
to enhance the garden aspect of the railway. My parent's once beautiful
vegetable gardens have been given up considering my personal handicap
and the need for continual upkeep.
The history of this development, along with the introduction of the steam train, which solidified this nation from the eastern to western coastlines and into the Yukon, all within the last 100 years, is truly amazing. I hope to immortalize that picture for future generations, to reflect and to be thankful for their own being.
We live in one of the most pristine places in the
world, considering the atrocious events of the day and the continual
sacrifices our young men and women are making overseas, to maintain
these freedoms and luxuries.
I still wish to enlist organizations or clubs that have the capacity of enlightening the hearts of the many underprivileged or disabled children and deserving seniors that would like to provide sponsorship for them to attend this now private venue.
As you approach the central entrance or breezeway, a railway mural and 3D station greets you. Once you step inside the caboose entry and go directly down to the lower level you will be surprised to see a "G" scale layout complete with scenery.
One of the enduring features of the side entryway and the lower indoor layout are the hand painted murals. I believe they enhance a certain visual enjoyment as
you watch and hear the trains travel past.
~ Barrie L. Roberts
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