Riding the 'Rupert Rocket'

“Prince Rupert beckons” ("Passenger," pages 24-25, May Trains) describes the summertime operation of VIA Rail Canada’s Jasper-Prince Rupert train, referred to by locals as “The Rupert Rocket.” Here is an image gallery that provides a sense of the flavor correspondent Bob Johnston encountered on his August 2015 journey.  

Bob Johnston

VIA’s spindly network spans the North American continent with many tentacles into remote areas. The farthest north and west travelers can go is the two-day, 721 mile tri-weekly service between Jasper, Alberta, and Prince Rupert, British Columbia, with an overnight stopover at Prince George, B.C. Pictured here is VIA train No. 5 at Prince George, ready to head west on the morning of Aug 10, 2015, with a single-level Panorama dome in front of dome lounge observation Kokanee Park.

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