- Aug 5/68 CN No 105 Panorama depart Montreal 2315
- Aug 6/68 CN No 105 met Toronto section Capreol 1005, meet No 2 1100
- Aug 7/68 CN No 105 arrive Winnipeg stopover 0900
- Aug 7/68 CN No 5 Panorama depart Winnipeg 1815
- Aug 8/68 CN No 5 at Edmonton 0920
- Aug 8/68 CN No 5 arrive Jasper stopover 1445
- Aug 9/68 CN No 1 Super Continental depart Jasper 2005
- Aug 10/68 CN No 1 arrive Vancouver 1210
- Aug 20/68 CN No 2 Super Continental depart Vancouver 2040
- Aug 22/68 CN No 2 arrive Winnipeg 1200
- Aug 23/68 CN No 2 split Toronto section Capreol 1100
- Aug 23/68 CN No 2 arrive Dorval 2045
August 6 morning in Capreol. CN 4132-4149 led out of Montreal with steam generator unit:
"At such stops as Capreol, wagons of ice streaming with water on account of the heat, were pulled out by tractors. Oil was waiting by the tracks for lubrication. There was a big sign by the station with a map on it boasting the attractions of Capreol, and noting its distance from Montreal - 425 mi. - and from Winnipeg - 1000+ miles."
CN No 2 arrives (above) and we are passing Winnipeg's Transcona shops the next morning, August 7:
Another early morning arrival, this one in Edmonton August 8:
Express cars at the station (above) and CN 6510 leading two other units during refuelling:
Looking west during station stop at Edmonton:
Edmonton yard switching
The Canadian across the river approaching Vancouver on August 10.
"The hills became higher and treed - more and bushier evergreens, and what looked like maples with huge leaves. We had a race with the CPR's silver "Canadian" train, on the embankment on the other side of the river."
Vancouver CN yards, likely at Port Mann:
Car tour of Vancouver. Steam tender, SD, Geep and F plus robot car CPR Drake Street after our arrival on August 10:
"While we were in the dome car, a special coach put on through the mountains from Jasper which had a rounded ceiling made entirely of glass except for a central strip. The steward, waiting in the aisle for the right moment, announced "Hell's Gate" and we saw away down below us the river boiling through a narrow gorge. I have noticed in my book that we passed through six or eight tunnels that morning on our mountain-hugging course."
Stopped Sceneramic at Mount Robson outlook returning east on August 21. This location is still used in VIA promotional material.
"We spent the morning in the dome car but were frustrated in our mountain-viewing by the clouds and fog draping them. The train stopped at Mount Robson, the highest peak of the Canadian Rockies, and Laurie hopped off to take a picture." Refuelling at Jasper on August 21:
A 'breeding pair' of Sceneramics at Jasper - I've never seen a photo of two Sceneramics together before!
Train on curve east of Jasper:
Meeting a CN westbound east of Winnipeg. Steve Lucas wrote rhapsodically about this CN track.
Sioux Lookout servicing stop on August 22 with CN 6531 in lead. We meet the westbound Super led by CN 6521 with icing platform at right:
Meeting westbound freight on curve, northern Ontario August 23:
This concludes our three-part 1968 trip account series. Though my brother scanned many more slides, these are the 'highlights' I selected to share with Trackside Treasure readers. Nearly a full decade before VIA, more than a decade after CN and CP's massive investments in passenger equipment that VIA would inherit, at the tail end of CN promotion of passenger travel. A unique time to travel across our great country. Now we are on the eve of VIA's 49th anniversary.