October 7, 2021,
Some people just don’t like to fly.
You can provide them with all of the statistics you want about how safe air travel is and they still prefer to traverse through another pathway.
Like traveling by train.
That can be understandable since you can literally see how the towns, landscape and region change as you relax in luxury while you look out the window.
For children it is the source of endless imagination.
If you wanted some music to listen to, tap your toe to, while you glide along the railway, the legendary soul group, The O’Jays, Love Train comes to mind.
“People all over the world (everybody)
Join hands (join)
Start a love train, love train
People all over the world (all the world, now)
Join hands (love ride)
Start a love train (love ride), love train”
Speaking of falling in love, we would love to travel by train in Canada to see all of those rugged mountains and open spaces.
Canada has an incredible rail system.
CN is Canada’s largest railway, in terms of both revenue and the physical size of its rail network, spanning Canada from the Atlantic coast in Nova Scotia to the Pacific coast in British Columbia across approximately 20,400 route miles of track.
In the late 20th century, CN gained extensive capacity in the United States by taking over such railroads as the Illinois Central.
CN is a public company with 24,000 employees, and as of July 2019 it has a market cap of approximately CA$90 billion.
CN was government-owned, having been a Canadian Crown corporation from its founding in 1919 until being privatized in 1995.
We bet you didn’t know this.
From 1919 to 1960, the railway was referred to as “Canadian National Railways” (CNR).
On November 17, 1995, the Government of Canada privatized CN. Over the next decade, the company expanded significantly into the United States, purchasing Illinois Central Railroad and Wisconsin Central Transportation, among others.
Privately owned trains is a nice idea.
One of the Canadian Train organizations that we have become enamored with is Rocky Mountaineer. If you want to see some rugged majestic mountains, this the way to go.
As reported by CNN, “One of Western Canada’s most-decorated luxury scenic train lines, the Rocky Mountaineer, launched its first US route on August 15 through its namesake mountain range, running two-day, one-night trips back and forth between Denver, Colorado, and Moab, Utah.”
Sounds like expansive fun.
Let’s take a closer look. By train.
At their dynamic home rockymountaineer.com, they educate, “Rocky Mountaineer offers luxury train journeys through Western Canada and the American Southwest. Our world-renowned train travels by daylight and is the best way to experience some of the most spectacular scenery North America has to offer.
Rocky Mountaineer is committed to protecting the areas we travel through, using resources wisely, and supporting our local communities.”
We can certainly appreciate that.
Their new route, which is titled Rockies to the Red Rocks, joins the line’s three rail offerings in Western Canada (Vancouver to Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper) and takes passengers through several unique regions of Colorado before gliding in luxury into the heart of canyon country in Southern Utah.
Where do we sign up? We want to hear more.
They’ve been creating life-changing experiences for their guests since 1990 by offering luxury train journeys that showcase some of the most spectacular scenery North America has to offer.
It is a must-do travel experience in their spacious glass-domed train coach thanks to the incredible scenery, delicious cuisine, friendly service, and social atmosphere, it’s no wonder that Rocky Mountaineer has received numerous international awards and accolades for service excellence.
Let’s applaud some of them.
World Travel Awards
Winner of nine awards, including the World’s Leading Travel Experience by Train eight times.
Globe Travel Award
Two-time winner of the Best Rail Company category, most recently in 2020.
Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel
Winner of Best Sustainable Train for 2021.
Private Business Growth Award
Winner of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Grant Thornton LLP 2017 Private Business Growth Award for its achievements in strategic, sustainable and holistic growth.
Canada’s Top Small & Medium Employers
Named one of Canada’s Top Small and Medium Employers every year since 2015 and one of BC’s Top Employers since 2018.
Received Gold Standard recognition in 2018, 2019 and 2020, having been named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies annually since 2014.
Baxter Travel Media Agent’s Choice Award
Named Favourite Rail for six consecutive years.
Travel Weekly Awards
Five-time winner of the Readers’ Choice for Best Rail Vacation award.
Travelage West Wave Awards
Three-time winner of the Best North American Rail Vacation Provider.
We can feel it. You are impressed. We certainly are.
What impresses us most is that they achieve their goals while attaining Sustainable Tourism.
What does that mean?
They explain, “For many years, we have focused on decreasing our impact on the environment. While onboard, guests dine on reusable tableware, which is washed and disinfected on the train. In 2019, we added 10 new GoldLeaf rail cars to our fleet, which have a number of energy efficient enhancements, including dishwashers that use 20% less water than previous models. In addition, we plant a tree with Trees Canada to honour the employment anniversary of each team member. More than 13,500 trees have been planted in Canada since 2008.
In 2020, we set two ambitious goals to further decrease our impact on the environment: to divert 90% of waste from landfill by 2023 and to reduce carbon emissions across our operations for the long term. As part of these goals, we are supporting research that is underway to explore the feasibility of alternative fuel sources for the train, which is an exciting project for the future.”
We understand. We appreciate. We are excited.
Traveling by train in luxury is a dream come true.
Traveling through Canada and the Northern United States by train is a “Love Train” all should get aboard.
The world sure needs it.
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