This was one of the highlights of our fantastic North American oddessy. We travelled Gold Leaf from Vancouver to Calgary in September. The staff were great and the weather fantastic. Having the open air platform downstairs meant I could take heaps of photos unimpeded by glass. The transfer at Kamloops was well organised. Although there were lots of freight trains ( the grain harvest season was in full force), we did not spend too much time waiting for them. Apparently the RM gets priority over CN and CP freight trains but even so we were on the road for 15 hours on day 2. Because we wouldn't be arriving in Calgary until 2230, they gave us a light dinner, with wine of course, this is not generally on the menu. There was a great group of punters travelling and many of us congregated downstairs on the platform and we had a good chat and a laugh .The funniest thing was when a grain train was leaving a siding, there was a locomotive mid train making a hell of a racket and some of the punters got a fright as they weren't expecting it. I read some of the poor reviews and all I can say is, get over it, most of us love the RM experience.
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