Photo by Jools Stone

Leaving Toronto On-board VIA Rail’s Canadian Train

A WHIRLWIND day of sightseeing, socialising and Mexican food in Toronto comes to an end. I say my farewells to wonderful hosts nearafarboomergirl50 and adventureista as we step off the streetcar and suddenly I’m alone again, outside the Fairmont Royal York blinded by the rocket lolly proportions of the illuminated CN Tower, cases in hand, feeling a litle homesick, ala Homeward Bound, looking across at Union Station.

VIA Rail's Canadian Train

Photo by Jools Stone

This is how my 2 week Trans Canadian rail trip begins. There’s no time to get maudlin, I’ve a train to catch and a 2 day wait if I miss it! Entering the palatial Union Station feels like a religious experience. It’s a veritable cathedral to rail travel. Like many cathedrals its high ceilings and polished floors echo with emptiness. Apparently it’s Canada’s busiest transport building, busier even than Toronto Airport (abstractly coded YXX for some reason) ferrying some 200,000 people a day. But at 9.30pm on a Thursday you wouldn’t guess it.

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