Monday, April 23, 2012

Train to Vancouver! (Train People) 3

Depth of friendship does not depend on length of acquaintance.
                         Sir Rabindranath Tagore

Stopped for a few minutes.10:30 am.

It is 7 am Wednesday morning. I sit high in the dome car, I can see down into the snack bar area from my perfect seat at the front of this car. I watch as an older gentlemen waits on a stool for the snack bar to open at 7:30, I would see him every morning getting two cups of take-out coffee. We would exchange pleasantries and I would look forward to his smile daily.

The train people are beginning to emerge from their comfortable seat/beds, we are finally to meet the people sleeping in our room all night in the dim light of the car. I will finally be able to put a face with the constant snore radiating through the car. It is amazing how quickly people can come together while sitting in a dome car after sharing the night in close quarters. A captive audience you could say. They walk up the stars to the dome car one by one. I not being shy welcome them to my car. I have been sitting here writing since four and consider this to be my room now. Most people laugh.

One of many bridges. This one over Jackfish Creek.

Joseph is the first to enter, an amazingly talented artist from Toronto with an awesome sense of humour, we exchange the normal “What do you do?”, “Where do you come from?” and “Where are you heading?” questions and get to know each other fairly quickly. I have always been fascinated with artists and their work and after seeing photos of his work, his sketches, and hearing his story I know we are going to get along very well. Over the days you could always see Joseph sketching and taking lots of photos to use later in his work. A man I can relate to. Thanks Joseph I am pretty sure you are reading this, I hope you got the commission for that mural, you are a true talent.

Next comes Paul a young man with a straw hat and a guitar, he has me fascinated right away. I have no idea when he boarded the train, I am sure I would have noticed him in the lineup in Toronto but I may be wrong. After chatting with Paul I learn that he is on a personal quest and plans to sing his way across different plains. Our now full car are all chatting and socializing as if we have known each other forever. We will all end up coming to enjoy the constant music coming from Paul’s guitar, and the tapping of our feet over our journey. He made us laugh and made this trip memorable to say the least. I know you may be reading this Paul so be safe and thanks for the great memories.

Church near Lake Longlac
Myron a very nice” prairie boy” from Saskatoon, Myron had been on the train the longest. He turned out to be the “If you need to know” ask Myron guy. He had boarded the train in Saskatoon and travelled to Halifax, he enjoyed a few days there and was now heading to Vancouver to spend a few days and then back to Saskatoon. Remember this is coach class with no berth I admire his stamina. I enjoyed the hours of listening to Myron’s stories and his dreams. I am sure he met a lot of wonderful friends on this quest. I know I did.

I met a woman I shall call Liz from Scotland. Now; Liz was a berth sleeper and I just a lowly seat sleeper (just kidding) but we hit it off right away. It was like we were sisters and were meant to meet when we did. I look forward to getting to know Liz from Scotland thanks to the technology I love like email and blogging.

HORNEPAYNE Ont. One hour to explore town.
I met many, many people most like the people above but I also met a couple of people I was OK with meeting but I am fine with not keeping in touch. They had negative views of life and I choose not to think like that. There were people that boarded the train stayed a day and hopped off that I will not forget either, especially the children. Everyone with a common goal, live life to the fullest and enjoy the view.

As we stop at these little stations more people join my train people stories. What a wonderful way to get to know the people we share this world with. People from all over this land, and far-away lands that I have only dreamed of seeing someday. We are truly all the same.

On our way to Winnipeg.



  1. How pleasant that you met so many people that you enjoyed spending time with. There really are a lot of nice people out there!

  2. Buttons, reading your blog, especially your trip upon the train...feel like I am traveling along with you! Hey, and need not bring any luggage with me. Ha,ha. Auntie M.

  3. I enjoyed reading about the people you met...what fun that must have been! Keep em' coming! :)

  4. very nice. glad you met some kindred souls who will continue in your life. :)

  5. I loved your pictures. My partner and I travel that part of the province often.....AND.....the photo at LongLac was taken RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE COTTAGE WE RENTED LAST SUMMER!
    I will post a photo from the same place to my blog later today! What a small world eh?
    Enjoying the story of your travels so much.

  6. Loving this virtual trip. Like I said before, trains are one of my favorite ways of travel. This adventure is certainly one to put on the list of things that need to be done.

  7. There are so many great things about a long train trip. Getting to know a few folks and learning about their lives and perhaps being fortunate enough to find a connection with them are special. Makes me wanna go on a train trip right now!

  8. Thanks for the introductions and the memories. I have been on a few train trips in my life--each an adventure in its own way. It is good to read about yours.

  9. Buttons

    Everyone has a story to tell; a history full of life's experiences. Some are very fascinating!

    I honestly believe that we can learn something from every person we meet.

  10. It's fascinating how many interesting people are out there. Your warmth and interest in your fellow train people, plus the fantastic scenery beaut to read about. It's all turning out to be exactly what you wished for B; I'm so happy for you!

  11. These posts are wonderful. I love hearing your point of view and I think it's so neat to meet people from other areas. When we go on vacation we always try to get to know some of the locals. And you are right on about negative people. I have one in my life right now and I dread it whenever I have to go visit right now.
    Cindy Bee

  12. how can you not make friends, you friendly stray cat you!!! ;)

    Love LOVE your descriptions of people - i can see them through your words...


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