Rocky Mountaineer – Jasper to Kamloops

Today we started our journey on the Rocky Mountaineer train from Jasper to Vancouver, stopping at Kamlooks tonight.  We were up early at 5.15am so that we could get organised before our luggage was picked up at 5.45am to be trucked to Kamloops, our first stop.  Our bus driver, Steve, drove ours to Kamloops on his way back to Vancouver (he will collect our luggage and meet us off the train and take us to the hotel in Vancouver).

It was “All Aboard” at 8.15am and we pulled out of Jasper station shortly after 8.30am.  Our tour group is sitting in Gold Class, which is on the top deck of a two deck carriage, with our dining car underneath.  The carriage has a glass dome and has 66 seats and each person has loads of leg room and very large windows.  Our carriage has 3 attendants, as well as its own chefs.  We were spoilt with lovely food, constant supply of complimentary drinks and snacks.

A little bit of information about the train:

It is being pulled by 2 x General Motors diesel 3000 horsepower locomotives, made in Colorado

Each carriage weighs 82 tonnes

The train has an average speed of 35 miles per hour and top speed of 60 miles per hour

Along the way we notice lots of Propane tanks beside the tracks and we were told that this is used to heat the tracks in winter.

After our early start, we had a delicious breakfast on the train and relaxed while we watched the scenery go by.

We travelled from tree-laden mountains to the open flat landscape of the Kamloops area.

We passed Moose Lake; Thunder Falls; Pyramid falls, which have a 300 foot drop and is glacially fed from a lake high up in the mountains; and Little Hell’s Gate Rapids.  Some people were fortunate enough to spot a black bear but the photos didn’t turn out particularly well as he was on the other side of a river with trees on our side of the river.

We travelled along the North Thompson River for most of the day and arrived in Kamloops at about 5.00pm.

Kamloops is in British Columbia and is located where the North Thompson River  and the South Thompson river and Kamloops Lake join. Kamloops is a Shushwap word for “the meeting of the waters” and its population is 90 000, with a further 90 000 guests per year, stopping over on their Rocky Mountain journeys.

We were bussed to our hotel, the Coast Hotel, set high on a hill overlooking the town.

The overcast conditions, a light shower and lots of trees made for difficult photography today, so there are not many photos in the gallery.

Our tour group made up the majority of the people in our carriage and by now we are all feeling comfortable with each other and so there was a lot of fun and laughter, which also involved the carriage staff.  Kevin, who is the carriage supervisor, provided commentary along the way when we were approaching something of interest so that we could be ready with our cameras as the train slowed so that everyone could get a photo.


2 Responses to “Rocky Mountaineer – Jasper to Kamloops”

  1. Jenny Ede says:

    Hi Richard and Sandy,
    I’ve been reading rather envious reading your posts and looking at your photos. A lot of that is still very fresh in my mind after our trip to similar places just last year. And some photos are very familiar. So glad you’re enjoying it all. Look forward to hearing about Alaska! Take care. Jenny

  2. Janet says:

    Wow, the gold class section of the train looks awesome – well worth the savings 🙂

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