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|Title||:||Last Train to Toronto: A Canadian Rail Odyssey|
|Number of Pages||:||380 Pages|
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Last Train to Toronto: A Canadian Rail Odyssey Reviews
This is a travel book of the very best kind, because it not only gives information and personal impressions of places and people, but with its fine writing and beautifully vivid descriptions, puts us right there. The author takes his time, and by doing so, allows us to get a more complete and deeper understanding not just of the Canadian railroad system (which used to be the finest in North America) but of the country, its citizens and its problems.Of course, it strongly appealed to the gypsy inside me, and reactivated a girlhood dream of touring Canada, but sensibly, by train. Of course, many of the trains that would have made that possible are no longer running, sadly, but this is an absolutely glorious book for anyone who loves to visit new places, or gain depth into already visited places, or who just, as I do, loves trains.
An excellent book with just the right amount of history and current Canadian culture and natural history with engaging biographies of people he met on his rail travels. His travels occurred just before PM Brian Mulroney cut back service on the VIA system leaving many poor and elderly in the lurch. It also disrupted a bond that the railroad formed to hold the country together. It also saved me from going to such places as Churchill, Manitoba to see the polar bears. His account of his encounter was sufficient. His account of the Skeena route that covered places I had been including Prince Rupert was especially enjoyable and informative.
Most Americans tend to think of Canada as simply an extension of the United States; the only difference being their use of different colored currency. Americans also know very little about the history of Canada and how their political system works. While the primary purpose of this book is to anecdotally describe the author's rail travels through Canada prior to VIA Rail's 1990 cutbacks, it is also a condensed yet informative lesson in Canadian history and politics. As the author travels each of the passenger rail routes, he sets the stage for each geographic area by explaining its history and the impact the railway has had on local economies and character of inhabitants. Especially interesting are discussions regarding distinct English and French (Quebec) societies and relations with indigenous peoples. The dislike of Americans by Canadians and travelers from other countries is clearly evident (i.e. travel in America is unsafe and the people are obnoxious)throughout the book. The railways in Canada have had a significant impact on the development of the country (which is still in progress). Although I have not traveled many of the Canadian passenger rail routes, I have had the pleasure of riding several described by the author: Skeena (Jasper-Prince Rupert), Cariboo Dayliner (North Vancouver-Prince George) and Malahat Dayliner (Victoria-Courtenay). All were very memorable and enjoyable experiences. (except the man from Missouri on the Skeena who was in fact obnoxious)
Interesting book from a rail enthusiast and somewhat disenchanted American who decides to ride 20,000 miles over Canadian rails, chronicle the people he meets and detail the historical and current day politics of Canada, especially those surrounding the construction of the rails.
Thoroughly enjoyed reading about, the history of Canada's railways and about the people who the author meets along the way.
A lovely account on Canadian history and its rail.