The railroad is one of the things that defines Canada. Without the railroad it would be impossible for Canada to develop into the successful nation that it is today.
Railroad is the transportation link that binds communities together, which enables them to travel to different places - I love traveling in trains so I can look outside the beautiful scenery.
The CPR is the symbol of John A Macdonald's commitment to this country, which flourish in the present. He hoped that the transcontinental railway would be what bind provinces together. I admire his great efforts to make this place what it is in the present. He will always be remembered as the best politician who fought for Canada.
Railroads are the transportation links which bind separate communities closer, that enables them to cross over to different places. If you ever like to admire the rural landscape, I suggest you should go on a train.
The Canadian Pacific Railroad was remembered to honor Sir John A. Macdonald. He bravely led the government with dignity and blinding pride as the first prime minister. The transcontinental railway is the symbol to his commitment to Canada, to this country that flourishes.
We will remember Sir John A Macdonald as one of the most prominent and shrewd Canadian to this day. It is highly unlikely that there will be anyone who surpass Macdonald.
This article is quite intriguing. I especially like how at the beginning it gives you a sense of traveling back in time on a train and an idea of what things might have been back then. As it appears, the benefits outweigh the costs as it is very fuel efficient, in addition to barely contributing to the national GHG emissions considering the amount of goods transported. Furthermore, the advancement taking place within the realm of becoming more environmentally friendly is very practical thinking and attainable.
It's amazing how a piece of history like the train can evolve to something so practical even to this date. I personally have never been on the train before but the VIA trains certainly caught my attention. It won't be long when I do ride it and enjoy the scenery and other moments this country has to offer.
Re:Glances from a train (July/Aug issue)
Quite interesting and informative, but ...
There are a few facts that need to be set straight.
(Full disclosure: I've been a railfan since I was one year old, at least that's what my mother used to say).
Anyway, Cranbrook, the location of the Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort, is several hundred kilometers off the TransCanadaHighway. On that coal train, the three locomotives, the Hotbox detector and the axle count.
Here is a bit of simple math, 115 cars @ 4axles equals 460 axles that leaves 12 to get to the 472 the detector reported i.e. there were only two ES44AC engines (6 axles each) on that train one in front and one in the "middle" - quite normal for the Elk Valley coal field traffic. All trains heading West to Point Roberts are have extra units added at Golden, BC. From which they usually depart with two engines at the front, one at approx. midtrain (68 cars back) and one engine at the back.
This DPU arrangement is maintained to Geddis - across Rogers Pass, Eagle Pass and Notch Hill - at which point the additional front unit comes off. The three remaining units stay on to Roberts Point.
I've spent the past three summers chasing trains and video filming them in both BC and Alberta.
Regards from Coldstream, BC
I`m from Europe and living in BC. The story makes Canadian rail sound like it`s a success, unfortunately, the whole story isn`t told. People on Vancouver Island have been crying out for a train service for many many years, i`ve been here for 25 years and am still hearing the same broken promises, instead what we get and what all of BC gets is wider, longer highways and traffic jams that you can sit in for hours. Try catching a train from Vancouver to Prince Rupert, Prince George or many other places in BC. In Europe I can take a train, very cheaply, with restaurant and bar service and one that runs very frequently. Here if I want to go somewhere I either take the car or Greyhound. Train service`s, convenience and price are so so far behind most other western countries that a second coming is a very very long way off, just ask the road construction crews, they`ve never been busier. So get back in your electric hover cars, cause they`ll be here before I can jump on a train and travel freely around BC, drink a beer and stop polluting this pristine land with exhaust!
I love rail travel, and have spent ample time in Switzerland, France, Italy, Germany traveling the rails. From that I know what good train service really is.
The main problem with Canadian train service is that as a passenger service it sucks and is expensive and it does not service most of Canada. Most small towns in the East Coast are by-passed by the train, it just blows through now on the way to Montreal.
I live in Halifax and the CN infrastructure is crumbling. Neither they nor the city of Halifax wants to spend money on the repairs of the the rail bridges in the city, rail lines were torn up along a great stretch of Halifax to Fall River and left idle, and generally there is a feeling of decay about it all. Halifax Port is getting about 1/3 of the container traffic it did at its peak.
I wish it were different here. But until the infrastructure is improved and maintained and passenger traffic is given priority over freight, rail traffic in Canada will continue to lag behind all the G8 and most of the rest of the developed world.
The Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort Hotel in Cranbrook is actually right alongside the CP tracks. Tour train passengers have access directly to the hotel from the rail cars. The hotel is on Transprovincial Highway 3, not Trans Canada #1. Wintertime traffic delays are unusual on this route, as even if the Creston - Salmo potion of #3 is closed with snow slides, the Highway 3A ferry route through Kootenay Bay - Balfour - Nelson is always open, as it is a water level route with no mountain passes. How did he miss the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel in Cranbrook? This has an amazing collection of restored diners and sleeping cars, including a full set of the Trans Canada Limited from the 1920s.
I admit that as a shortline employee I'm a bit biased, but I would have liked to see more coverage from the smaller railroads throughout the country. Each one is so different from the other in the way it operates, especially when compared to the homogeneity of CN and CP, and it would have been nice to have had more than just one featured in the article.
I also must say that I am extremely surprised that the author did not have a single word about Canada's "wilderness" passenger trains - the ones that exist as a sole means of transportation to the locations they serve. Examples include the Ontario Northland service between Cochrane and Moosonee and the CN service between Sault Ste. Marie and Hearst. I would consider these to be an absolutely essential part of any article on Canadian railroads.
Other than those two criticisms, the article was very well-written.