Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Rocky Mountaineer.

Romance by Train. August 2012.         

The hotel we often stay at in Canmore is a stone's throw from a relatively busy train track.  Many times throughout the day and night, you can hear a freight train rocketing by.  I absolutely love this as I find trains fascinating.  One night, after eating our dinner at the senior citizen hour of 5PM, we were back at our hotel relaxing after putting Alice to bed.  I heard the familiar sounds of an approaching train but this one seemed to be going at a much slower speed.  Being the nerd that I am, I wanted to get a closer look at the train so I grabbed my camera and ran out the door.  And just look at the beauty of a train that I found!  I'd only ever seen graffiti-covered freight trains on those tracks but here was a passenger train and it was stopped right in front of me.   

So cool.

I snapped a bunch of photos as I walked toward the engine and, once I got there, the conductor had his window open so I waved.  He waved back.  And then the train started to slowly roll forward.  Of course I gave him the universal honk-your-train-horn sign and he obliged with a big WOOOOO-WOOOO! 

Also... so cool.

Would you ever take a train somewhere rather than flying?  My husband and I took a train from Salt Lake City to my dad's house in Napa for Thanksgiving one year.  It was totally fun.  But touring the Canadian Rockies by train?  How romantic!   


  1. So cool, I love trains but haven't ever taken one long distance. It seems like it would be a lot of fun, but take forever and be pricey which is why I think I've never followed through. Maybe when we're old and gray and have lots and lots of time :)

    What a vacation! I'm quite jealous.

  2. My husband is a train fanatic. He has traveled from NYC to SLC, New Orleans to SLC, SLC to San Fran, and many more. We traveled back this spring from Boston to Chicago to SLC by train. It was great fun.

    If you travel by train, you just have to do it for the pleasure of being on a train. Not how fast you get to your destination. It's a journey to be enjoyed. I hope someday to travel across Canada by train. xoxo

  3. We travelled from Bern to Zurich and then Prague to Berlin by train in 2010. It was wonderful, especially the Prague to Berlin trip, watching the countryside change & going through all the smaller cities.

    The rocky mountenieer went past across the road from our ground floor apartment in Revelstoke. By the beginning of February the snow was so high we couldn't see the train! The snow also blocked the noise. It sure was fun once the snow melted standing on our 'balcony/porch' waving to the passengers.


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