The Short Story............

The Trip of a Lifetime..........

My wife and I turned 70 this year and we had promised ourselves a trip on "The Canadian" to celebrate.  We spent a small fortune to buy the "Prestige Class" tickets.

The train left Vancouver FOUR hours late.......

The train was supposed to depart Vancouver at 8:30pm on April 29th, but did not leave until 12:30am the NEXT MORNING!

What happens when the train is so late..........

Well, the engineer runs the train as fast as the limits will allow, trying to "make up time," but at many times, in our opinion, these speeds were WAY TOO FAST, for the condition of the tracks and the very old train cars,  resulting in a VERY SCARY and DANGEROUS ride.

The train swayed, bounced and lurched VIOLENTLY..........

At breakfast, the Chief Steward, while pouring me cup of coffee, DUMPED the entire cup of hot coffee all over the table, just missing my wife and I.  He then joked about it.  At one dinner, the train was lurching so violently, that passengers were screaming and shouts of profanity were heard.  

It was impossible to sleep..................

During the night, as we tried to sleep in our "Prestige Class" sleeping car, the train jerked and lunged so violently, that it was impossible to sleep, I was very concerned, and my wife was shaking with fear.  For this we paid $7,000.00???  This is "Prestige Class?"

We cut our trip short............

With the train running NINETEEN HOURS late into Winnipeg, which was about the half way point in our trip, with heavy hearts, my wife and I got off the train and flew home, never reaching our destination of Toronto.   With the train being so late, we did not wish to experience what sort of "making up time" measures the engineers might have in store for us over the balance of our trip.