The approach of the Second World War brought renewed activity to Ogden. The need for locomotives and cars soon restored both staff and production to their former heights. However, the need for armaments was even greater and in 1941 the Main Locomotive building was stripped of all it's machinery and production started on 3 inch Naval Guns and mounts for Bofors, anti-aircraft guns. By the time peace returned, Ogden Shops had turned out 30 million dollars worth of war goods. Meanwhile, the work ordinarily handled in the Locomotive shop had been partially absorbed by C.P.R.`s Weston Repair Shops in Winnipeg, Manitoba, a new repair shop down the road from Ogden called Alyth and an addition that was built onto the Tender Shop ( now the Wheel Shop ) at Ogden.
In 1946, The Locomotive Shop was once again equipped to repair Steam Locomotives and work started in an attempt to catch up with the tremendous accumulation of maintenance that had been delayed due to the war.
A short eleven years later, another major change was taking place. Canadian Pacific was rapidly changing from Steam Locomotives to the Diesel-Electric locomotive. Machinery was up-rooted and moved or replaced to accomodate this new modern locomotive trend.
Progress and its ensuring change was constant and the Car Department was the next to adjust to the ever increasing number and complexity of larger steel freight cars. In 1972, a new, modern repair shop was opened, now called the Steel Car Shop, and a few years later, a semi-automatic Paint Shop to handle both freight cars and locomotives was opened.
Looking back to 1912, we can now appreciate the foresight of planners of those days. The plant has been able to meet the continually changing needs from it's inception, as a repair shop, to armament production, back to steam, then to dieselization and finally to the maintenance of large steel freight cars. It is doubtful that the city fathers of 1912, who successfully acquired Ogden Shops for Calgary,
were able to envision the tremendous return this would bring over the years.
|Air Brake Shop||Adminstration Office||Maintenance of Way|
|Wheel Shop||Main Gate||Materials Department|
|Locomotive Shop||Steel Car Shop||Power House|
|Maintenance Shop||Paint Shop||Health Center|