Tuesday Train #200

The last Retro Canadian Steam shots I found. The one time I actually rode behind steam in Canada. The British Columbia Railway’s CPR Royal Hudson 2860 trips from North Vancouver to Squamish which ran as a regular scheduled excursion service 1974 to 1999.

BCR04Royal Hudson 2860 runs around the train in Squamish British Columbia. This was on the Saturday of our trip, we rode the train on the Sunday.

In July 1996 my dad took me with him on a Business Trip to Vancouver. I was sold as we were going to be there over a weekend, which meant after much pleading and good behaviour, he agreed to get us tickets to ride on the BC Rail excursion behind the Royal Hudson 2860. This was something I’d wanted to do for years, as many of my Canadian Railway books growing up were full of pictures of 2860 in her role as British Columbia’s steam ambassador.

On Sunday July 7, 1996 we arrived in North Vancouver, and rode the rails behind the Hudson to Squamish. The day before, we had driven up the Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler, and stopped in Squamish to visit the West Coast Railway Heritage Park, which is now the permanent home of 2860 where she’s been restored and occasionally operates for special events.

Shots of the Royal Hudson en route from North Vancouver to Squamish out the vestibule windows of the train.

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