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A Trip on The Rocky Mountaineer

Since my very first 'Canada by Train' post documenting our journey on VIA Rail seemed well received, I thought I might post some pics from a different train route through Western Canada.

Canada has two major Class 1 transcontinental railroads - Canadian National (CN) & Canadian Pacific (CP). CP was the first to be built through Canada and was a major factor in the creation of Canada as a country, as completion of a transcontinental railway was a condition of British Columbia joining the new Confederation of Canada.

Of the two railroads, only the CN line still has transcontinental passenger service in the form of VIA Rail Canada's 'Canadian' which traverses the country and the Canadian Rockies on the northern route through Jasper, Alberta.

The CP route, which runs through the Rockies further south through Banff, Alberta has no transcontinental passenger service. However there is a seasonal, regional tour train named the 'Rocky Mountaineer' which runs through the Canadian Rockies from Calgary, Alberta to Vancouver, British Columbia over the tracks of the Canadian Pacific and is the only way for tourists to travel on the CP line through southern Alberta and British Columbia.

A few years back, my wife & I decided to book a trip on the Rocky Mountaineer and thought we might share some pics.

So without further ado, for those interested in taking another scenic land cruise, here are a few pics from our website, https://northamericabyrail.info/

Hope you enjoy!

FIRST, A PIC OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAINEER RUNNING ALONG THE KICKING HORSE RIVER, NAMED FOR THE PACKHORSE THAT KICKED & KNOCKED UNCONSCIOUS JAMES HECTOR OF THE PALLISER EXPEDITION WHILE SEARCHING FOR A ROUTE THROUGH THE CANADIAN ROCKIES


NOW FROM EAST TO WEST: CALGARY, AB, STARTING POINT FOR THE ROCKY MOUNTAINEER TOUR TRAIN


CANADIAN PACIFIC 2-10-4 'SELKIRK' TYPE STEAM LOCOMOTIVE #5931 ON DISPLAY IN CALGARY, AB


ONBOARD THE ROCKY MOUNTAINEER, PASSING THE THREE SISTERS AT CANMORE, AB. AS SEEN FROM THE OPEN-AIR OBSERVATION PLATFORM OF THE DOME CAR


TRAVELING ALONG THE BOW RIVER WEST OF BANFF, AB


ROCKY MOUNTAINS EAST OF LAKE LOUISE


CANADIAN PACIFIC STATION AT LAKE LOUISE, AB


VINTAGE HEAVYWEIGHT PASSENGER CARS AT LAKE LOUISE STATION


ROCKY MOUNTAINEER NEAR STEPHEN, BC


PASSING THROUGH THE YOHO VALLEY


TRAVELLING THROUGH THE KICKING HORSE PASS ON THE ROCKY MOUNTAINEER


MOUNT STEPHEN TO THE LEFT


PASSING DEMOLISHED ROAD BRIDGE, KICKING HORSE CANYON


CANADIAN ROCKIES AT LEANCHOIL, BC


THE ROCKY MOUNTAINEER IN THE KICKING HORSE CANYON


PASSING THROUGH THE SELKIRK RANGE AT GLACIER, BC


MEET WITH A CP FREIGHT LED BY CEFX AC4400CW #1057, REVELSTOKE, BC


MEET WITH THE CANADIAN PACIFIC EXECUTIVE TRAIN LED BY CP FP9 #4107, REVELSTOKE, BC


CP CABOOSE AT REVELSTOKE, BC


CROSSING THE COLUMBIA RIVER LEAVING REVELSTOKE


BAR AREA IN THE FRONT OF THE DOME CAR. NEAR SHUSWAP LAKE, BC.


BACK ONBOARD THE ROCKY MOUNTAINEER LEAVING KAMLOOPS, BC, AFTER AN OVERNIGHT STAY


PASSING THROUGH THE ARID THOMPSON RIVER CANYON NEAR ASHCROFT, BC


BIGHORN SHEEP


COYOTE, LEFT OF CENTRE IN PHOTO


BALD EAGLE


VIEW FROM BACK OF TRAIN AT A ROCK SLIDE DETECTOR FENCE IN THE THOMPSON RIVER CANYON.


ROCKY MOUNTAINEER IN THE THOMPSON RIVER CANYON


VIEW FROM REAR OF TRAIN PASSING THROUGH A TUNNEL AT LASHA, BC


PAINTED CANYON REGION OF THE THOMPSON RIVER CANYON


CISCO, BC, IS WHERE THE CANADIAN PACIFIC & CANADIAN NATIONAL LINES CROSS EACH OTHER


IN THE ROCKY MOUNTAINEER DOME CAR, TRAVELLING THROUGH THE COAST MOUNTAINS NEAR BOSTON BAR, BC


CROSSING THE FRASER RIVER AT VANCOUVER, BC


ROCKY MOUNTAINEER PULLING INTO THE STATION AT VANCOUVER, BC
Posted by Hiawatha Pete | Sun Jun 21, 2020, 10:42 AM (40 replies)

A Rare-Mileage trip on the 'Montana Daylight'

Years ago, I had the opportunity to ride a passenger train on a route that today would be considered "rare mileage" by railfans and thought I might share some pics.

From 1995 until 2004, a tour train known as the ‘Montana Daylight’ used to run over a portion of the old Northern Pacific Railway's (now Montana Rail Link) mainline on a 2-day journey from Sandpoint, ID to Livingston, MT, via Missoula, MT, where an overnight stop-over was made (passengers could overnight in one of the local hotels which along with meal service, was included in the price of the tour).

The Montana Daylight ran on a section of the route of Northern Pacific’s premier passenger train, the ‘North Coast Limited’, which itself ran all the way from Seattle to Chicago, as did it’s replacement – Amtrak’s ‘North Coast Hiawatha’ which ran until 1979.

These pics were shot with a Nikon F60 using Kodachrome 64 slide film and later "hillbilly scanned" by photographing the slide projections with my then-new Nikon D50 digital SLR.

Not my best work - but since neither Amtrak's North Coast Hi nor the Montana Daylight are running anymore, I for one will always cherish these views of a streamlined passenger train running on this now-freight-only line through southern Montana.

Pics from my website at https://northamericabyrail.info/

Cheers, Pete

FIRST, A SHOT OF MY FAVORITE SPOT ONBOARD THE TRAIN. IN THE DOME CAR ON THE MONTANA DAYLIGHT. BEARMOUTH, MT


NOW FROM WEST TO EAST. ON THE EASTBOUND MONTANA DAYLIGHT, DEPARTING SANDPOINT, ID, AMTRAK STATION


NEAR THOMPSON FALLS, MT


DINING CAR ON THE MONTANA DAYLIGHT


LOWER LOUNGE IN MONTANA DAYLIGHT DOME CAR


MONTANA DAYLIGHT DESCENDING EVARO HILL WEST OF MISSOULA, MT. DUST DEVILS IN THE BACKGROUND.


MONTANA RAIL LINK SD19 #651 ON THE POINT OF THE MONTANA DAYLIGHT, MISSOULA, MT


NORTHERN PACIFIC 4-6-0 TYPE STEAM LOCOMOTIVE #1356, MISSOULA, MT


DOME-SLEEPER-LOUNGE CAR ‘BELLA VISTA’ ON TAIL END OF MONTANA DAYLIGHT, MISSOULA, MT


DOME CAR ‘CITY OF LIVINGSTON’, MONTANA DAYLIGHT, MISSOULA, MT


MONTANA RAIL LINK SD19 #652 ON THE MONTANA DAYLIGHT, MISSOULA, MT


ON THE MONTANA DAYLIGHT, LEAVING MISSOULA EASTBOUND


ABANDONED MILWAUKEE ROAD RIGHT OF WAY, RUNS PARALLEL TO MRL - NEE NORTHERN PACIFIC - MAINLINE


MONTANA DAYLIGHT CROSSING AUSTIN CREEK TRESTLE IN MULLAN PASS


LOOKING BACK AT AUSTIN CREEK TRESTLE


ALONG THE MISSOURI RIVER AT LOMBARD, MT


MONTANA DAYLIGHT PASSING UNDER THE OLD MILWAUKEE ROAD BRIDGE AT LOMBARD, MT


LOOKING BACK AT MILWAUKEE ROAD BRIDGE, LOMBARD, MT


REAR VIEW OUT OF DOME CAR, LOMBARD, MT


LOGAN, MT


MEET WITH A BNSF FREIGHT, LOGAN, MT


MODEL RAILROAD ON DISPLAY AT LIVINGSTON DEPOT, EASTERN TERMINUS OF THE MONTANA DAYLIGHT


Posted by Hiawatha Pete | Sun Jun 14, 2020, 12:36 PM (22 replies)
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