The Complete VIA Rail Travel Guide
Your journey of a lifetime is not complete without Canada by Train, the complete guidebook to train travel with VIA Rail. From planning your trip to packing your bags, from learning railway lingo to seeing sights along the way, this valuable book contains all the information you need.
Full of useful facts and vivid photographs, this essential guide provides current, comprehensive details on train services and safety measures. One chapter chronicles the fascinating history of the railway that shaped the nation. Inside you’ll also find:
* Over 500 full-colour illustrations and photographs
* Fully updated information on schedules, fares and pass options
* Personally researched mile-by-mile route guides
* Practical suggestions on traveling light, settling in sleepers and coaches, tipping, and much more
Whether you’re touring the friendly Atlantic region, visiting the magnificent Rockies, or traveling clear across the country, Canada by Train will make every rolling landscape more alive. The book itself is as interesting as the scenery, making it a charming souvenir on its own—a perfect way to remember your VIA Rail journey.
CHRIS HANUS - Chris grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia, where the charm of train travel has always lured him. His colourful career with VIA Rail spans ten years, starting in 1997 when he first worked as an Activity Coordinator aboard the Canadian.
His productive stint with the Crown Corporation culminated in January 2008, where he held the position of Product Specialist for the company’s Marketing Planning Department. Over the years, Chris mastered the fine details of the railway system, amassing a cornucopia of railroad facts and personal insights into life aboard the trains. He has extensively traversed Canada aboard VIA Rail and on some train services in North America, covering some 500,000 kilometres (over 300,000 miles!), and still counting.
Chris established Way of The Rail Publishing in 2002, in response to the growing demand for printed guides on railway journeys across Canada. He published the Railway Map Guide to British Columbia and Canadian Rockies, a pioneer in travel publication, and largely contributed to the development of the latest and comprehensive Canada by Train Guidebook.
JOHN SHASKE - John, the founder and president of John Steel Rail Tours, discovered his passion for trains when he was just four years old. His family often travelled between Edmonton and Vancouver on the Canadian National Railway, and John learned a great deal about trains during those trips. This was also when he decided to become an engineer. Years later, however, when John enrolled in the University of British Columbia, he chose a degree in Pharmacology instead.
Fortunately, some dreams never die. In the winter of 1981 John was asked to guide a B.C. Rail trip to Lillooet. The trip sealed John’s fate — he was hooked on train travel forever. For years, John studied every aspect of the rail business and worked in railroading. His efforts culminated in 1990, when he founded John Steel Rail Tours. Today, the company is famous all over the world and John is rightly regarded as a Canadian rail expert.