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Rails Across Canada (Hardback)

A Pictorial Journey From Coast to Coast

Transport > Trains & Railways

By David Cable
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781473838062
Published: 5th October 2015



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The railways of Canada, like the network in the United States, hold a worldwide fascination for train enthusiasts and travellers alike. The mere mention of a rail trip across Canada conjures up ideas of an epic journey. The images in this book, of snow-laden firs and wild, open vistas, contrasted with full-length freight trains grinding through Union Station under the watch of the CN Tower, show that travelling by Canadian rail is such stuff as dreams are made on.

There are, however, distinctions between the Canadian network and that of the USA, due to the fact that in Canada it was largely projected and funded from Britain as part of the British Empire. The two major networks were The Canadian National (privatised 1995) and The Canadian Pacific (now Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd.), whose networks stretched out across this vast country. In addition to their rail operation, The Canadian Pacific owned and operated a sizable fleet of cargo and passenger ships which sailed between Europe and Canada. In addition to these major players, smaller operations such as The Prince Edward Island Railway and The Newfoundland Railway helped to transport passengers and cargo throughout the land.

David Cable has journeyed across Canada for a number of years, extensively photographing the network of both the large and small operators, often recording scenes in the most obscure and yet fascinating locations.

An interesting snapshot of Canadian railroading over the last twenty-five years.

Continental Modeller, September 2016

Full of information with some brilliant photos. Well worth the price.

Amazon Reviewer

If modern diesels and electrics float your boat enough to cross the Atlantic, these books are for you.

A snapshot of what is out there, and if it is your scene, both books are buyers' delights.

The Railway Magazine, Nov 2016

A visual feast for anyone with an interest in the subject, and pleasingly this time almost all of the full-colour plate section includes a date in the caption.

Railways Illustrated, August 2016

This book’s photographs of trains travelling the epic Canadian landscape are incredible and will inspire the reader to travel there.

The superb photographs are accompanied by an equally appropriate text.

Destructive Music - Steve Earles

It's a book of few words, but still one that rewards leafing through, discovering Cable's engagement with Canadian railroads and getting a feel for trains draw such a vast country together. It's enough to inspire you at some stage to devote the time to riding the three day journey across the continent.

South London Blogspot
 David Cable

About David Cable

David Cable (1929-2017) was interested in trains from a very early age, and this developed into an interest in train photography in 1947. David was the author of many photo albums, covering modern traction in the UK since the 1960s, as well as volumes based on his visits to other countries over the last 40 years. During his life he travelled throughout Europe, North America and Australia, as well as some Far Eastern countries and Morocco.

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