I am definitely getting a thing for train travel. When I lived in Vancouver I was always waving people off as they took this journey but I never found the time to do it then so this time I finally got to ride the Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver to Banff.
This is a full two day journey with an overnight stay in Kamloops BC. The train is a double decker if you travel gold leaf with an oval glass roof so visibility is excellent but it is cleverly tinted to ensure easy viewing but no roasting under the sun. Seats are large and comfortable and even have heating should you need it. The train does not stop along the way but does slow down around the most scenic areas and each carriage has an open air vestibule you can stand on to get an outdoors perspective. Food is excellent and plentiful with a separate dining car on the lower level of the carriage you are in and drinks are in plentiful supply. Each carriage has two hosts who point out what to look at and historical info.
These photos will give a flavour of what you see from your window – the train itself and then bridges, scenery, trees, rivers and lakes. A good experience although slightly marred by the impact of smoke haze from the bush fires in BC.
Below include Doris whose dog always barks when the RM engine goes by (But not when the freight trains go by – and there are loads of them. This brings Doris out to wave and we all waved back. Actually a lot of people wave at the train – Canadians are very friendly:)