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At 6AM we arrived at Jasper. We all got out - and promptly
re-boarded and got our coats.
We walked up to the front of the train and saw two extra
headlights being mounted on the front. At that time, trains only had one big
headlight, pointing straight forward. We were told that these added lights were
ditch lights, to look for fallen rocks as we went through the mountains. During
this stop, the dome car was added to the train.
We very soon
re-boarded and had breakfast, and then went to the dome car. There was a photo
stop at Mount Robson, where Peter and Dewi got out for two minutes - after
which we needed a short rest. Somewhere in the mountains there was another stop,
and we seemed to be there for a long time. The steward told us "The cook has run
off into the trees, and the dining car staff are chasing him". How true this
was, we never knew!
After lunch and another nap we were in time
to see the North Thompson river, spending the whole afternoon in the dome car.
We went to supper and then straight back up to the observation car - up into the
roof of the train as Peter put it. We noted the dry belt we were going through -
no vegetation but sage-brush.
We should have arrived in Vancouver at 9:30pm but the train was
about an hour late. The transfers to the hotel had been arranged, but it took
ages to check in. We were all tired.
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