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The Trains Alberta Trip prt 3

It’s been three months since part 2 and now I have to figure out where I left off!!!! Yikes!!!!

On the second day in the Mountains we took the Bow Valley Parkway from Banff up to Lake Louise, then on to the Spiral Tunnels. Along this route were many cool twists, turns and scenery. We came across Morant’s Curve but unfortunately no trains while we were there but I took a couple pictures anyway.

This shot is of a bridge just a few miles East of Morant’s Curve.

This is Morant’s Curve looking West, standing beside the road.

Same shot as above only at a higher elevation.


We arrived at the Spiral tunnels just in time to see the train we missed back at Morant’s Curve. For those who have never been here, here is an idea of how it works:

From the parking lot looking South up the mountain, in the middle of the picture you will see a lighter green tree, that is where the track is. The Train there, if heading West, is already on its decent down the mountains heading towards the Upper Spiral Tunnel. At this point I figure the train is about 150 feet above the road. There really is a train there but in a still picture it is almost impossible to see it.

After the train exits the upper Spiral Tunnel it will cross under the highway. Now turn around and face North looking down the mountain, You will soon see the train pass in front of you about 100 feet down this side of the mountain. If you look close to the right of this photo you will see some of the red of the locomotive through the trees and in the back ground. If you look in the middle of the picture you will be able to make out the lower portal of the Lower Spiral Tunnel and the track crossing above it.

The locomotive is now passing over top of the portal.

Heading into the upper portal of the Lower Tunnel

Coming out the lower portal.



In this photo you can see the train passing just bellow where you are standing, going across the top of the lower portal, entering the upper portal and coming out the lower portal all at the same time, and yes it is all the same train. This wasn’t even a long train!!!! I over heard a tour guide say if it was a long train,  the end of the train would still be on the mountain behind you!

The next day we left Banff and headed for Jasper and once again went through the Bow Valley Parkway just in case we might see a train at the Curve. We were in luck, so instead of the road side shots you always see, I climbed the side of the mountain and got a few shots from there.  I think next time I’ll probably get them next to the road though, maybe even track side if I can.

My next post will be up in Jasper, Ahhhhh CN Country 😉 and hopefully won’t take as long to get posted as this one did 🙁

See Ya


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