Everybody has a train story. Whether it comes from a distant relative who worked on the railways or from a family train trip that formed a lasting impression of the Canadian landscape, trains inspire a sense of wonder and nostalgia. They are embedded in the history of Canada as a whole and western Canada in particular, and for generations they were how most people travelled and saw the country. Today, trains get the most attention in the context of tragedy, in the aftermath of rare but catastrophic derailments. However, train stories go beyond these modern-day disaster tales or romantic glimpses into the past. Whistle Posts West presents a compelling array of stories that illustrate how and why the railways continue to capture our imaginations. From the heartbreaking to the humorous, from the awe-inspiring to the absurd, this fascinating collection of railway tales from BC, Alberta and Yukon is sure to please.
"The authors bring their train tales alive through striking incidents, surprising anecdotes, and wonderful writing . . . Read Whistle Posts West and jump aboard Canada's love affair with trains." —Don Waite, author of British Columbia and Yukon Gold Hunters
"Capturing the environment of railroading and putting it on paper embeds the reader in the dedication of the writers. This book will become a classic." —Herb Dixon, president, Alberta Railway Museum
"Whistle Posts West is a must-read for serious train buffs and armchair rail travellers alike. It has tragedy, intrigue, humour, poetry, and railroad jargon. It is especially rich with Western Canadian history . . . so sit back and enjoy the ride!" —Garry Marchant, author of The Peace Correspondent
"Terrific stories about the lure and impact or railroading in Canada [told with] punchy, robust writing." —Mike Harcourt, former premier of British Columbia and former railroader