Ron Brown is a geographer and travel author of more than twenty books, including Rails to the Atlantic, The Train Doesnâ€™t Stop Here Anymore, and Back Roads of Ontario. He is past chair of the Writersâ€™ Union of Canada and leads tours of Ontarioâ€™s unusual sights. He lives in Toronto.
Rails to the Atlantic
Follow Rails to the Atlantic through eastern Canadaâ€™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. Johnâ€™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 Quebecâ€™s Eastern Townships. Museums exhibit Newfoundlandâ€™s colourful railway heritage, while Canadaâ€™s largest railway equipment display lies near Montreal. Magnificent railway hotels include the Fairmont Le ChĂ˘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.
This gem of a book is a workhorse that covers railway and local histories, economics, heritage and tourism.
Brown covers a lot of ground and presents an amazing amount of historical fact and current state-of-affairs information in this interesting, attractive, and very readable publication.