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History of the Hanna Roundhouse

The D.B. Hanna Roundhouse (1913) is a rare historic site that immerses visitors into the history of Canada’s transcontinental railroad. The Hanna Roundhouse was designated a CN Divisional Point between Saskatoon, SK and Calgary, AB and was recognized as one of the most important communities along this stretch of railway track, also known as the Goose Lake Line. The Hanna Roundhouse is now one of the last railway roundhouses with a functional turntable remaining in Western Canada.

The Hanna Roundhouse showcases the evolution of western Canadian history throughout the 1900’s as the requirements for the railway changed. Experience the amazing scale, layout and architecture of the roundhouse and the role it played in bringing the railway to life in western Canada. From the Great Hall to the Pat Murray Boiler Room, each space in the Roundhouse has its own special story to tell.

When you visit the Hanna Roundhouse, you will leave feeling inspired by the picturesque atmosphere and striking characteristics of 1900’s architecture.

Aerial view of the roof of the 10 original 1913 engine bays taken in 2016.  To the left, you will see the demolished 1919 section, demolished in 2012 since it was dangerous to those who wandered onto the private property.  The outlined strips are the engine service pits for bays 11-15.  The rectangular building on the top-right hand side of the roundhouse, is the 1913 CNoR Pat Murray Machine Shop/Boiler Room.

Top: This is a Roundhouse prior to the vandalism of the 1919 section sometime around 2010.

Middle: 1919 wall facing southeast.

Bottom: Degree of collapse after vandalism.
These views are facing the turntable to the northeast.