Le Canadien - A Life Chasing Trains

The Canadian (or Le Canadien in French) is the last of the North American luxury "streamliners".  Its classic but well maintained 1956 Budd-built stainless steel cars transport travelers across Canada in style and comfort.   Its leisurely schedule allows passengers to enjoy  the spectacular mountain scenery of British Columbia and Alberta,   the vast  prairies of Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and the rugged Canadian Shield of northern Ontario.  Its diner serves freshly cooked upscale meals.  And the lounge cars provide a convivial place for passengers from around the world to mingle. The first six pictures are historic in nature and show the Canadian running on its former CP route through Banff, Yoho, and Glacier national parks.  Today it takes a more northerly route on the CN  through Jasper National Park.

Interestingly the Canadian still offers open sections, an old style of sleeping car accomodation that disappeared quickly after World War Two.  But they remained popular in Canada and all the CP sleepers were built with them and it would be expensive to replace them.  Two facing seats make up into a lower berth, and an upper berth folds down from above.  Night time privacy is provide by heavy curtains, and washrooms are down the hall.  April 2018.

Interestingly the Canadian still offers open sections, an old style of sleeping car accomodation that disappeared quickly after World War Two. But they remained popular in Canada and all the CP sleepers were built with them and it would be expensive to replace them. Two facing seats make up into a lower berth, and an upper berth folds down from above. Night time privacy is provide by heavy curtains, and washrooms are down the hall. April 2018.

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