Talking about soil pipe, there is a plant in Calgary that manufactures it. It was called Anthes Imperial pipe plant, and was located north of the Ogden Shops yard. Its name now is Canron. In this picture, you can see on the left side supports for the crane they have there. The CPR has a spur that runs up between the crane supports, and gondolas full of scrap cast iron were spotted there. The crane has a magnet that would pick up the scrap iron and stockpile it till needed. The scrap iron was then fed into a furnace and melted; it would then be poured into molds for cast-iron soil pipe and fittings. At the time I started at the Ogden Shops. They were paying $5 an hour to work here good money but dirty work, and it was a dead end job with no future.

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Basil McCormick on 18 October, 2010 at 9:19 am #

No Comment. I remember :ANTHES PIPE Co., ” from yrs ago when I WAS AN APPRENTICE PLUMBER. WE USED LENGTHS OF PIPE FOR THE “STACKS” . WE HAD TO FILL THE JOINTS WITH MOLTEN LEAD THEN CAULK THEM WITH CAULKING TOOLS. It was a lot of work. Today they use plastic- a lot lighter.

pex pipe on 26 July, 2011 at 1:46 pm #

old good times ) .. yeeaah

Walter Kehler on 20 November, 2011 at 11:40 am #

I have an ~ 25 gal cast iron hemispherical kettle with lugs to suspend it with a bail handle. It has the name “ANTHES – W ” cast into the top of the rim. I am wondering if it was cast by this pipe company.

Carol on 1 July, 2015 at 4:18 pm #

It was a terrible place to work anthes imperil canron was dirty and caused lots of death

Broken Rail on 19 September, 2015 at 11:14 am #

All I know is that in 1965 when I was making a $1.35 at the CPR Ogden shops, Anthes Imperial pipe plant was paying $5.00 an hour. Another dirty steel manufacture was the Irving Wire Plant At Glenmore Trail near Fairmount drive

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