Jun 23, 2017

Day 4 - Heading back to Kamaloops

 
Burt and I are now at the station with 550 people for the return leg of our trip from Jasper back to Kamaloops.
The passenger train is maneuvering in the yard to get the train next to the gate for our convenience.
I don't think they would want this crowd to be stepping over rail to get aboard.
 
I wandered over to the front of the station and this well preserved Canadian National steam engine was
displayed there.
 
I finally got close up to our power for the Rocky Mountaineer and this is what they looked like.
 
Walking back to our car I see Burt in the distance waiting for me to get on board. On the first 2 days of
the trip we were tail end Charlie, now we are the lead car with the locomotives. Different train and crew.
 
These sisters I think were from Australia and they are now on the e-mail list so they
will see themselves taking photos for their memories.
 
I spend more time in the vestibule and caught this CN freight passing us along the way.
 
Lots of rain and plenty of snow had the waterfalls and
streams in full measure.

Jun 22, 2017

Bringing back memories of trips on the North Coast Limited.

Three times I had the pleasure of riding out west from New Joisey to Spokane. The first time was 1963 on my honeymoon with Alice, the second time was
1966 on a vacation with our new son Jerry Jr. and third was to move to Spokane! This Greg Mercier train reminds me of those times sitting in the Vista Dome
and taking in the sights and sounds of this great adventure called being alive. Regrets? Not many!
 
This is an observation car that I never enjoyed but I don't know why? Not in the right class accomodations?
Never traveled to the rear of the train? I did on the New York central but not the NP!
 
Don had his Model T at the club and I snuck out and took a photo with the club's magnetic sign on his car.
 
Back inside, we find a crew working the rocks near 3 railroads with the NP diesels roaring by as the
men make way for the paying customers.
 
More NP freights dominated the club today as Marvin's Geeps deliver the goods. Some day those
semaphores will actually work.
 
Quick action allowed me to catch Jack Pappas using the turnabout on the Red line which has a
tunnel to allow trains to change directions.

Jun 21, 2017

Day 3 -Jasper bound!

 
 
After leaving the glacier area on the bus we still had a few miles let to go to get to Jasper. This Elk
stopped by but seems a bit nervous knowing the mountain man is on his way to the great White North.
 
The bus stopped at Athabasca Falls. Story goes that some early explorer tried to canoe over this spot and
didn't make it.
 
Not a bad rest stop as it was another fantastic viewing spot.
 
When we arrived at Jasper I saw Via arriving at the station headed by 2 F40 EMD diesels.
So the bus dropped us off at the hotel I thought maybe I can catch a shot of the train after a 1/2 delay.
 
I waited another 1/2 hour and she is coming out of the station! This is Canada's version of Amtrak and
connects all the northern communities with the rest of the nation.
 
Shades of the 50s streamliner era. Domes and a observation car reminds me of the California Zephyr.
Oh, the good old days. look at the trail to the left side, the railroad put it in so people could enjoy the train scene!
Would this be nice to have this set up along Trent Avenue on the south side?

Jun 20, 2017

Day 3 - On the road to Jasper

 
 
A popular turn off on the highway had this view for us to enjoy. I marvel at the power that was needed to create these mountains.
 
It just kept coming. I was in Switzerland in 2011 and these mountains were equally impressive.
 
A tiny bit of civilization was this lodge where we had lunch and a viewpoint for the glaciers we were
about to walk on.
 
Buses similar to ours make their way up the road to
the tour bus location.
 
This is a tour bus on steroids! They had about a dozen of these monsters to move people through
the moraines of rock to the actual glacier surface.
 
And here we are with a hundred or more people walking on million year old ice. The ground was slick
with standing water and I was concerned with slipping and breaking something.
 
That grade back to our bus was 34 degrees! The surface is rock made from glacial action over the
centuries. The driver said that if the angle was 37 degrees the bus would flip over!

Day 3 - On the road to Jasper

 
 
A popular turn off on the highway had this view for us to enjoy. I marvel at the power that was needed to create these mountains.
 
It just kept coming. I was in Switzerland in 2011 and these mountains were equally impressive.
 
A tiny bit of civilization was this lodge where we had lunch and a viewpoint for the glaciers we were
about to walk on.
 
Buses similar to ours make their way up the road to
the tour bus location.
 
This is a tour bus on steroids! They had about a dozen of these monsters to move people through
the moraines of rock to the actual glacier surface.
 
And here we are with a hundred or more people walking on million year old ice. The ground was slick
with standing water and I was concerned with slipping and breaking something.
 
That grade back to our bus was 34 degrees! The surface is rock made from glacial action over the
centuries. The driver said that if the angle was 37 degrees the bus would flip over!

Jun 19, 2017

Day 3 - Riding the non Rocky because we are now on a bus!

 
 
 
Today Burt and I get on a tourist bus and we get the front seats. Here we depart beautiful Banff for parts unknown to us except we head north to Jasper!
 
Our first stop is at Lake Louise where they have an elaborate hotel to view a glacial lake. It was built by the
Canadian Pacific and it has thrilled millions of us tourists over the 100 plus years of its existence.
We get back on the highway and head north again and in the distance we see what we are going to cross.
 
Thye had a number of these overpasses along the way and they are not what you might think. They are
not for cars or people either. They are built for animal crossings so man and animal don't run into
car fenders and windshields. Clever these Canadians!
 
Each bend in the road reveals another beautiful scene I wish I could model this well in miniature.
 
What's this....railfans on the road? Getting a shot of a Canadian steam engine?  The only problem is
that there isn't tracks within 100 miles of where we are because the terrain is too tough to build through
this region of Canada. They see some animal and I hope they keep their distance.
 
 

Jun 17, 2017

Riding the Rocky - Part 4

 
The Canadian railroads have as many tunnels as we have on the Evergreen club layout....well almost.
They were too numerous to count but the best tunnels were yet to come.
 
That would be the Spiral Tunnels, this one is the lower version that goes into a mountain, makes a complete
circle inside a mountain and crosses over itself coming out. We just came out of the second, higher spiral
when I took this photo of where we just were to gain altitude.
Here's the same spot but 50 years before so the trees are taking over the view. I am standing on a
turnoff from the highway where Canadian Pacific locos in maroon and grey were the colors of choice back then.
The right of way is the light colored spots above the lead loco where it entered the tunnel and the smoke
indicates the other end of it. This shot is on my Canadian photo CD.
 
Our first day was from Vancouver to Kamaloops. And this is the second day from Kamaloops to Banff
where we will get off the train and stay the night at a hotel. There's no sleeping accomodations on the train
for the guests. The 500 people stay at different hotels in each city.
 
The bus dropped us off at the hotel and we picked a place for dinner on our own.
 
When we turned on the TV much to my surprise was my name shown on the TV. But where's Burt's name?

Riding the Rocky. Part 2

Upon arrival at the Rocky Mountaineer train station
Before we boarded the train, the 500 plus customers were entertained by a piano guy playing tunes
for our departure. Champagne was served to the guests. They sold hats and shirts there as well in their own Rocky train station.
 
Here we see how we traveled as the girls gave us our instructions on eating, drinking, snacks to come our way.
 
We followed the Frazer River for a time and past Hell's Gate where my buddy Ralph and my grandson David spent
a day here while on a 2007 NMRA train convention down the road. They have a aerial tram that brings you down
to the buildings near the river.
 
One side of the river is the Canadian National track while the other side is Canadian Pacific tracks.
They share rights of way so all traffic flows on one direction on each side. Less wrecks seem the goal?
 
Here is where they switch sides as CP took the easy way as they were first and CN had to it the hard way
with what was left.
 
One of the girls serves lunch or a snack or dessert. Her name was Nancy and all of them were very friendly.