Trains and Steam Locomotives in BC, Canada

Expo 86 Steam Fair, Royal Hudson and other trains

A personal view by Gregory Melle
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I have long enjoyed train travel, photography and employment
I took my first long range train trip across Canada with my sister and parents in 1967. We stayed in Pullman cars with fold-down beds, we sat in the dome car and played bingo. It was a great trip and I was hooked.
In the early seventies I worked on the CNR railway in Dome Creek, Kitwanga and Boston Bar. I even spent a few weeks in Endako, Lillooet and Chetwynd. (Some of this story is shown at my Dome Creek and Kitwanga pages).

In 1986 Vancouver hosted a transportation themed World's Fair. One of the highlights was the Steam Expo at the end of May 1986. It was a unique occasion for picture taking.

Steam Expo Union Pacific 4466 and Skytrain Steam Expo Union Pacific locomotive Steam Expo CP 1392 Steam Expo Pickering Lumber locomotive
Steam Expo locomotive Steam Expo locomotive Steam Expo Cowichan Valley Railway Steam Expo trains Steam Expo trains Steam Expo Logging and Farm Equipment Steam Expo tractor

The Royal Hudson is owned by the BC government. It did excursion trips from North Vancouver to Squamish for many years.

Royal Hudson and Canada Wheat Board Royal Hudson Royal Hudson at Squamish
In later years, I travelled by train in Europe, Asia, USA and Australia. Major highlights are found in my Year 2000 trip pages. I travelled by train throughout Japan and then from Shanghai all the way to Moscow and then across Western Europe.
I have also taken excursion steam train trips in several countries.


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