Small towns are known for their community spirit, and Rosthern is no exception. When the town's old CN Railway Depot closed, a group of dedicated community organizers decided to renovate the building and turn it into a local cultural centre.
Today you can enjoy the fruits of their labour, when you visit the Station Arts Centre. The Centre was renovated to preserve the original architecture, particularly the mansard roof. Mansard roofing is distinctive because its windows are fitted right into the roof. The Station Arts Centre is one of the few examples of mansard roofing left in Saskatchewan.
The Caboose Museum embodies a spirit of new beginnings, cultural exchanges and personal connections that tied people together in the past as well as today. The caboose exhibit reminds us of what builds communities and keeps them together. It tells the stories of immigrants that intersected at the Rosthern CN Station. This train station was a point of arrival: a touchstone for those in search of a place to call home.
For its 25th Anniversary year, the Station Arts Centre refitted this historic gem to house a photographic exhibit spanning the settlement, growth and development of Rosthern.
The bright orange caboose is located on the tracks behind the Station Arts Centre, the converted CN train station. If the caboose is not open when you visit, the front desk staff will be glad to open it for you.
How the Caboose Arrived at the Station
Shortly after the Station Arts Centre opened, John Martins decided a caboose would be a great addition to the 1902 CN station in Rosthern. As a retired CN Railway employee and long time resident of Rosthern, Mr. Martins approached CN and asked if they’d be willing to donate a caboose to the Station. He explained that this was a designated historic building and a vibrant art centre that would benefit from the addition of some railway history as well. Together with his son Greg and a group of seniors in town, John secured an old caboose from the CNR for the Station and created a Caboose Club. This club worked hard to fix, clean up, and maintain the caboose so that it could be accessed by visitors or used as needed by the Station. They made a wonderful space that was eventually used as the theatre dressing room during summer productions and physical piece of history; a curiosity for children and adults visiting the Station Arts Centre.