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From: Jean O'Boyle on 14 Jun 2010 17:55
"Island Grampa" <chezbull(a)shaw.ca> wrote in message
> "Jean O'Boyle" <job1930(a)yahoo.com> wrote in message
>> You will see a Royal Mountain Police outpost (looks like a little shack
>> buried in the snow ;-)) at the top and both the US and Canadian flags
>> flying just before you turn around and come back. You will also see the
>> gravesite of the man who founded Skagway, Captain William Moore. It is on
>> the portside going up not long after leaving Skagway..
> Hi Jean
> That would be the "Royal Canadian Mounted Police". :-)
> Tobie>>>>>on an Island in the Pacific
Pardonez Moi! ;-)
From: Nonny on 14 Jun 2010 18:42
"peter" <peters25(a)stockton.com> wrote in message
> X-no-archive: yes On 6/14/10 11:08 PM, in article
> fO2dnWuQOeTOB4vRnZ2dnUVZ_hOdnZ2d(a)giganews.com, "Nonny"
>> Tom, the seats are the old fashioned types that are like
>> but with a back that flips over. When you flip the back, you
>> on the opposite side of the bench and thus face the other way.
> Correct. Boyle's statement that all seats face forward is
> erroneous. As is
> her recommendation that you take the train both ways, except
> when you're in
> a wheel chair which they won't allow in the bus.
er. . . Jean's comment that the seats always face forward is
correct. When the back is flipped over, they then face the
opposite end of the car, and thus "forward," again.
FWIW, I've been on both sides of the car and the side looking out
toward the nearby mountainside has a lot of things to keep you
entertained, as well as the other side looking out on the valley.
The cars are narrow enough that one side or the other really
doesn't prevent you from seeing out both sides. Personally, I
sort of like the side looking out on the nearby mountainside to
see the flowers, waterfalls and plants. I can still stand up and
look out the other windows to see things like the big
rock/gravesite, bridges and upcoming tunnels, while having a great
view from my seat of the more nearby things as well.
Mrs. Nonny uses an electric scooter, which I guess you might call
a wheelchair. In our case, the train had a handicapped car,
complete with lift. In addition to giving her the ability to
either remain on the scooter or move to a seat, the car had a
bathroom. I can't speak for the other cars, but I suspect that
each would have a bathroom as well.
On most days,
it's just not worth
the effort of chewing
through the restraints..
From: Marcia R. on 14 Jun 2010 18:43
Tom K wrote:
> On 6/13/10 10:36 PM, Jean O'Boyle wrote:
>> "Marcia R."<Marcia(a)spamlessinlasvegas.net> wrote in message
>>> Jean O'Boyle wrote:
>>>> "Marcia R."<Marcia(a)spamlessinlasvegas.net> wrote in message
>>>>> peter wrote:
>>>>>> X-no-archive: yes On 6/13/10 10:27 PM, in article
>>>>>> hv3eur$hsm$1(a)news.eternal-september.org, "Jean O'Boyle"
>>>>>>> I think you are right about sticking with the train
>>>>>>> both ways,
>>>>>> OTOH, the benefit of the combined tour obviously is that the bus
>>>>>> different route. We had a great bus guide and even saw a couple of
>>>>>> bears, a
>>>>>> moose and an eagle along the way. BTW: don't forget your passport as
>>>>>> will enter Canada (if they will let you in) and you can have your
>>>>>> stamped (if you insist and don't mind looking silly).
>>>>> They said we didn't need it on this train because we don't get off in
>>>>> Canada. I was thinking about bringing it with me anyway. Thanks.
>>>>> also stopping in Victoria, so that's where I'm going to try to get it
>>>> You don't need a passport, Marcia, as you do not exit the train. We
>>>> carried our shipboard card and a driver's license in case a photo ID
>>>> required... which wasn't. Did you buy your tickets directly from the
>>>> railroad or did you go to Princess online and book them?
>>> My niece is buying them...since she's getting a free cruise LOL...but as
>>> far as I know, she's doing it through Princess. Don't know if she's
>>> waiting until we get on the ship or not. We haven't gotten that far.
>> My advice is to do it online with Princess as soon as possible as that
>> is a
>> very popular excursion...especially since you want a specific time.
She said she's booking it today, but I haven't spoken to her yet about it.
From: Marcia R. on 14 Jun 2010 18:45
> "Tom K" <tkanitra(a)optonline.net> wrote in message
>> On 6/13/10 8:59 PM, Jean O'Boyle wrote:
>>> Hi Tom,
>>> Since your seats reverse, you will see both sides..starboard going up
>>> portside coming back or vice versa! If I were to take it again, I would
>>> start on the port side (facing towards the engine)
>> Are there seats that face backward?
> Tom, the seats are the old fashioned types that are like benches, but
> with a back that flips over. When you flip the back, you sit on the
> opposite side of the bench and thus face the other way. That way, you
> can always face forward without having to turn the car around. If the
> people sharing the bench (2 or 3, as I recall) agree, you could flip the
> back over to deliberately face the rear of the train, rather than the
Sounds like my old commuting days to NYC on the New Haven railroad. ;-)
From: George Leppla on 14 Jun 2010 18:51
On 6/14/2010 5:42 PM, Nonny wrote:
> FWIW, I've been on both sides of the car and the side looking out toward
> the nearby mountainside has a lot of things to keep you entertained, as
> well as the other side looking out on the valley. The cars are narrow
> enough that one side or the other really doesn't prevent you from seeing
> out both sides. Personally, I sort of like the side looking out on the
> nearby mountainside to see the flowers, waterfalls and plants. I can
> still stand up and look out the other windows to see things like the big
> rock/gravesite, bridges and upcoming tunnels, while having a great view
> from my seat of the more nearby things as well.
It should also be noted that people can stand on the platforms between
the cars. It can get crowded out there on the way up the mountain with
everyone wanting to take pictures, but on the retun trip, practially no
one goes out there and you can have the platform pretty much to yourself.
When we bought this last year, the fare from Princess and the rail line
was identical ($110 pp). Look at
http://wpyr.com/reservationrailsail.html I called the rail company and
they recommended buying the tour from the cruise line as the train pulls
up next to the ship... and that is exactly the way it happened. If
Princess is charging more this year... shame on them.
It is a nice excursion and we had excellent weather although it was
cold... not bad considering it was early in May.
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