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Train Spotting Across Canada

Whether they inspire an adventurous wanderlust or an artist’s brush, trains and railways hold a special place in the hearts of Canadians.

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Train spotting in Canmore, Alta.

“This Canadian Pacific freight train was passing through Canmore, Alta., in the early evening,” writes Braeden Dunne of Lethbridge, Alta. “The majestic ‘Three Sisters’ mountains rise above in the background, taking in the western sun.”

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Train spotting in Caledon, Ont.

“I was up on the bridge when the train was passing by and the photograph happened to be there,” writes Elton Law of Scarborough, Ont. “I took this photo in October 2009 at the Forks of the Credit Provincial Park in Caledon, Ont.”

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Train spotting in Surrey, B.C.

“My husband and I were out for an evening walk when we saw yet another amazing sunset on Crescent Beach in Surrey, B.C.,” shares Maryalice Wood of Langley, B.C. “I snapped this photo from the steps over the railway.”

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Train spotting in Melfort, Sask.

“Some people call it art and others graffiti, but whatever your take on it, we can all agree that some of it is better than others,” writes Ryan Nelson of Melfort, Sask. “This particular piece of train art/graffiti was eye-catching and needed to be captured.”

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Train spotting in Herbert, Sask.

“This photo was taken in 2012 just outside of Herbert, Sask., on my trip there with my sister and brother-in-law,” writes Marlene Edward of Port Elgin, Ont. “As a 12-year-old Prairies girl raised in Manitoba, the trains always fascinated me. I loved to hear the whistles of the trains and imagine myself going on a trip across Canada some day.”

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Train spotting in Radium Hot Springs, B.C.

“My husband, daughter, son-in-law, grandson and I were on vacation in Radium Hot Springs, B.C., when I took this photo of the train by the Columbia River,” writes Rebecca Kornelson of Steinbach, Man. “We were hiking when I saw the train in the valley and thought the red dogwood bushes along the river complemented the red train, giving me a lovely photo opportunity. Trains always give me a feeling of wanderlust-where is it going and what route will it take?

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Train spotting in Wakefield, Ont.

“On a family trip to Ottawa in 2007, we decided to take the steam engine trip to Wakefield, Ont.,” writes Kathy Gordon of Windsor, Ont. “This 1907 Swedish Engine is one of the last excursion steamers still active in Canada today. The train ride was a 64-kilometre trip along the beautiful Gatineau River, complete with a turntable turn at the station!”