Rails to the Atlantic: Exploring the Railway Heritage of Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces

Rails to the Atlantic: Exploring the Railway Heritage of Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces

by Ron Brown


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Follow Rails to the Atlantic through eastern Canada's railway heritage. Visit preserved railway stations in various states of use, or take in the architecture of the grand era of station building in Quebec City, Halifax, and St. John's. Board scenic railway excursions on the Orford Express or Le Train du Massif de Charlevoix, or travel to VIA Rail's destinations in remote northern Quebec.

Rail trails lead through the Laurentian mountains and Quebec's Eastern Townships. Museums exhibit Newfoundland's colourful railway heritage, while Canada's largest railway equipment display lies near Montreal. Magnificent railway hotels include the Fairmont Le Ch';teau Montebello and the Algonquin Resort, as well as the stunning Chateau-style station hotel at McAdam, New Brunswick. Often forgotten are the railway bridges and trestles, stunning feats of engineering that stretch across wide valleys and churning rivers, the construction of which sometimes led to deadly consequences. Lesser-known attractions, such as roundhouses and employee housing, are profiled to help bring the railway era back to life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781459728776
Publisher: Dundurn Press
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.36(d)

About the Author

Ron Brown is a geographer and travel author of more than twenty books, including Rails Across the Prairies, The Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore, and Back Roads of Ontario. He is past chair of the Writers' Union of Canada and leads tours of Ontario's unusual sights. He lives in Toronto.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Introduction: Celebrating the Legacy 9

1 The Rails Arrive: The Growth of the Rail Network in Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces 13

2 Bridging the Gap: The Trestles and Tunnels of Eastern Canada 19

3 The Face of the Railways: The Stations 30

4 Life on the Line: The Railway Towns 63

5 The Castles of the Line: The Railway Hotels 75

6 Structures: The Hidden Faces of the Railways 90

7 Celebrating the Heritage: The Railway Museums and Displays 101

8 Ghost Tracks: The Rail Trails of Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces 111

9 All Aboard: Train Trips You Can Still Enjoy 125

Bibliography 131

Index 137

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