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Through the Window of a Train:
A Canadian Railway Anthology

Edited by
Barbara Lange

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275 pages, Paperback
ISBN: 9780888873910
$19.95 CA

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About the Book If you´ve ever been curious about the lives of people on board a moving train, or wanted to take a nostalgic trip back to the steam era, then this book is for you. Since the first trans-continental passenger train, the Pacific Express, headed west in 1885 the railway has been part of many people´s lives. For some the railway was their life. One only needs to mention The Moonlight Special, The CNR, The E&N, The CPR, The Blueberry Special, The Milk Run, or The H&SW (Hellish Slow and Wobbly) for memories to come flooding back.

This journey begins in Craigellachie, amongst the verdant mountains of British Columbia, where the famous last spike was driven home. The reader is then transported to Vancouver Island and across the Prairies to Nova Scotia, and from the era of steam to diesel-electric trains. Relive hilarious, hazardous, and historical moments as you peek through the window of a train and into the past. Meet gandy dancers, a rookie running out of steam, lost immigrants, and women entering the male-dominated world of the railway. Experience asbestos snowball fights, boxcar classrooms, and silk trains as they blur by your window.

These stories retell the significance of the railway, or a single journey taken, in the lives of ordinary Canadians. Dotted with junction and siding names, engine numbers, and routes, for the rail enthusiast.

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About the Author Barbara Lange

Barbara Lange grew up in a railway family in Brentwood, Essex, England. Her father was a British Railways ticket collector. She and her two daughters, Sheryl and Lisa, immigrated to Canada in 1978. Barbara was a secretary at the Faculty of Human Ecology, University of Manitoba for 20 years. Since retirement she has produced two railway-themed anthologies, Through the Window of a Train: A Canadian Railway Anthology, and Memories of the Moonlight Special and Grand Beach Train Era. She and her husband Larry, a retired Canadian National carman from Transcona, often travel west on VIAÕs historic Canadian train.



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