Rupert Rocket
Along The

Mighty Fraser
Netchako
Endako
Bulkley
And
Skeena
Rivers
The Rupert Rocket formerly known as the Skeena.#5&6,9&10

Travel, down to earth.



Rocket news.   As of early June 2015 the Touring product is back in the mix, if one were to choose those departures (every other train), one would have to pay quite a premium to access the dome car. Food is included in the upgrade but out of the three suppliers from a couple of years ago the company choose to go with the least preferred option by all, I guess all about saving money at all costs. Still no working public address system on either train so stories and highlights get announced only if you can be near a crew member, a real shame.

A new blog is available, featuring the Art from the Rupert Rocket, at....rupertrocketart.wordpress.com


and ART can also be seen on

A video of Canada's other Northern train here, The Hudson Bay out of Winnipeg, Manitoba in the spring.

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   "Encased"

From
Mundane
Suburbs.

Souls
Settle
Down.

Expectant
Eyes
Attune.

Faint
Foliage
Strengthens.

Green
Nature
Encases.

Peaks
Peep
Provocatively.

Green
Red
Stop.

Freight
Lumbers
Past.

Tired
Trucks
Trundle.

Hours
Stretch
Behind.

Thoughts
Stretch
Ahead

Of
Time
Encased

Prince George
to
Jasper

Bob Thorp
Devon UK
13/5/13
 

  some haiku...

                                             Train brakes hiss like snakes
                                        Sharp air, sharp peaks, sharp shadows.
                                                    waiting for the freight                      (sadly a regular occurrence)



Spawning waters rush
Teeming forest life & death
Canada pulses
                                                        

                                                             Dome car for great views
                                                               Skeena rapids flowing by
                                                              Journey to recall

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I see the world change,
Even at short range,
On my brief little ride,
It's here I decide,
I love life on the move,
To see it change as I do,
I get to see the trees grow,
Through the rain and the snow,
I see so many faces,
All enjoying the view.
So many places
And beautifully old too.
Why stay in one place,
When life can be a race
Journey after journey
Toward another adventure
I'll watch the world change
On this brief little ride
I can't help but be inspired
To travel world wide.

                  april 2012
Rocky Mountain Goat article
New Rocket video on Vimeo the best yet.

VIA Rail - The Jasper to Prince Rupert from Joe Jamieson on Vimeo.

Leni Koen live on the rocket
A song re-written aboard the Rocket and performed by Cassidy

For every moment, there is a train

Long long short long, in snow, or rain.

It matters not as they blow by

The lives they pass, the tears we cry.

                               Lelani Arris


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Ode to the Skeena: 
                      There was a train from
                                      Jasper to Prince Rupert
                                   which garnered considerable  fame.
                                     
                                         It was revered in
                                       brochures & papers
                                      and it was called the
                                         Skeena by name.

                                     Headquarters ordered the
                                       bean counters to lower
                                          the cost of the line.
                                           so the minions cut
                                        and sliced to remove
                                       almost all of the shine.

                                      Now a sad little train
                                        makes the journey
                                         A train which has
                                       been deprived of it's name.   

     submitted by actual passengers.
  _____________________________________________________________


Via Rail you say?
Just who are they?
Truly Canadain eh?
  Up in the north
They earn their worth
  There's no rail service
Like it on earth!!
  Your trip in filled with
Food and Mirth
The Skeena scenery is
by far the best!!
 It makes us glad
to be from the west!!
Via rail has it all-
from scenic views to the
greatest coffee-(better
than in the mall)
           Irene aug 27/11
                
This is a site about a train with no name according to the operating company, affectionately and historically know as the Rupert Rocket. It got that name in the early 20th century as a first class passenger train on the Grand Trunk Pacific line. In those days it would only stop at major towns, speeding the route thus the Rocket. Other trains would stop at all the little towns and would be slower with all the stops.
 Get it while you can as all good things can come to an end and unless you use it you will loose it.

 The Rocket goes as train #5 from Jasper three days a week (Sun,Wed,Fri) and as #6 from Prince Rupert the same days. There is no direct connections to other trains in Jasper because of brilliant scheduling, on #6 often you must wye the train while #2 departs and on #5 you make #1 wait out of town for the Rocket to depart, enjoy you extra time in Jasper. Both trains stop overnight in Prince George (pop.75,000) and continue the next day to the ends of the line. In traversing B.C. and 17 miles into Alberta it crosses the Rockies and the Coast mountain ranges as well as the interior plateau portions of land. The train follows the Fraser river most of the eastern leg, and then on the western leg into the Skeena river basin. Many lakes, rivers and mountains are passed in the two day journey as well as wildlife if you are lucky.
 schedule for crew, Rocketman
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