Sunday, November 20, 2016

November Trip on VIA Rail to Saskatchewan

Getting ready to leave the station.

Business took me to Saskatchewan in mid-November. Luckily, VIA Rail's schedule lined up nicely with mine so I could take the train to Saskatoon.

Our power for the trip.

There were 10 cars on the train, including the baggage car. Just one coach, which is where I had a seat.

Big prairie sky from the dome car.

Not that I spent much time there; most of the trip was spent in the dome car. Where else would you want to be?

We met a number of freights along the way, but surprisingly weren't held up much.

I used many of the 12-plus hours to do work. As a manager, I am interrupted a lot each day. Travel by trains allows me to get a lot of work done.

The main drawback to travelling in fall and winter is that night comes so early, especially after the end of daylight savings time.

Sunset from the dome car.

Still, it was nice to be in the dome car, underneath the stars.

At the stop in Melville, I was able to catch the train and the super moon.

The next day found me in Outlook, home to the longest pedestrian railroad trestle in Canada. It crosses the South Saskatchewan River.

The bridge, which was opened in 1912, which was designed to enable the CPR connect Moose Jaw and Edmonton, is  now part of the Trans-Canada trail. The line that used it was abandoned in 1987.

The end.


  1. Fabulous train journey John. Great pictures. I wish I could have taken my Work on a Train Journey - though I do not think my Machines would have fitted in the Carriages ....Hah-Hah! Regards. KEV.

  2. What a great way to travel! Are there power plugs in the Skyline or elsewhere in the train?

    I looked at taking the Canadian to Saskatoon for my last business trip but the times didn't line up.

  3. As someone who grew up in the prairies of Ontario (southwestern Ontario), I can appreciate the views. Great post.