Divisional point

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In Canada, a divisional point is a railway depot that includes more than just a basic siding or station.


In the coal and steam era, a divisional point would include such amenities as a substantial passenger station, freight and baggage sheds, a roundhouse, water tank, coaling and sanding facilities, and repair shops for locomotives and rolling stock.[1]

In areas dominated by the railway, the choice of a town as a divisional point was typically pivotal in that town's growth. Many towns and cities across southern Canada are current or former divisional points. Examples include: Kelowna, British Columbia, Lucerne, British Columbia, Calgary, Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta,[1] Jasper, Alberta, Melville, Saskatchewan,[2] Winnipeg, Manitoba, Capreol, Ontario,[3] Toronto, Ontario, Montreal, Quebec, McAdam, New Brunswick and Moncton, New Brunswick.