It was a beautiful sunny afternoon when we arrived at Ken and Lois’s via the Mid Island Railway. The people we met at the station we’re friendly and suggested a few places for us to check out.
The first one, closest to the railway station was the old coal mine. It hadn’t been used in sometime and the story goes that an old miner was trapped inside when there was a cave in and his body was never found.
Standing by the entrance, Nana thought she heard something but Opa said it was just the wind.
Walking along further we saw a horse ranch. Nana tried to pet one but it was skittish.
Luckily for us the weather has been so hot this summer that the creek dried up which made it easy to walk up it to get a closer look at the trains as they passed over a bridge.
Of course Opa had to get a really close look which freaked Nana out. That train came a little too close for comfort.
Opa helped Nana recover from that close call by sitting under a shade tree and relaxing on a swing for a bit.
Look at the big statue they discovered. Cuddled in it’s paws made for a great platform for trainspotting.
Thanks Ken and Lois for letting us look around. We are off on our next adventure.
After their visit to the Coombs & Comox Railway, Opa and Nana bought tickets for the train to visit Keith and Elisabeth, at Courgar Rock Rail.
Taking the train gave them a wonderful perspective of the layout and a chance to see many of the highlights.
The small village that they arrived at reminded them of Switzerland.
They filled up their water bottles and began a hike up the mountain.
Opa is always interested in stopping to learn about the history of the tracks they are visiting.
Half way up they got to see the train in action as it sped through a snow shed.
Higher up the mountain they saw a church and heard some alpenhorns. What a wonderful sound echoing through the hills.
Farther up the mountain they stumbled on to a beer fest.
It was a delight to have a refreshing drink after the hot hike.
They got into the spirit of the Alps and tried on lederhosen and a dirndl dress.
Or maybe it was too much beer that inspired them.
After a wonderful day trekking through the Swiss countryside they decided to stay at a lovely B&B before heading on their next adventure.
In the previous post we left off with Opa and Nana checking out the big fish in the lake at Angus’ Coombs & Comox Valley Railway.
As they sat there they heard the train coming so decided to take a walk down the line.
It was a beautiful day to stroll past the farms but they should know better than walking on a trestle.
Sure enough a train was coming.
They quickly made it safely across and stopped to visit with the horses while it passed.
This train goes through an old growth forest and we mean right through as you can see in the picture above.
They decided that that train came a little close for comfort so headed in to town to see if they could take a train ride around for a better (and safer) view.
The train wound up and around a mountain to the very top.
Look at the view out the window as they climbed the mountain.
At the top they got off for some refreshments at the little cafe. There was even a musician playing his guitar for them.
Excited Opa jumped on the back of the train to ride with some new friends.
They finished off their day with a coffee and donut from the local coffee shop.
What a welcome we had at the Coombs & Comox Valley Railway. We had read a lot about this railway and were looking forward to exploring the many sights.
The first place we wanted to see was the still active mine.
And how excited we were to see our nephew Ned working there. He was hauling out loads of rock hoping to strike it rich. Not sure if he was hoping to find gold, silver or diamonds but it was keeping him busy and out of trouble.
We headed into the old town next and could hear bells ringing. Nana had to stop and wish the newlyweds good luck.
Walking further along we came to the downtown and was going to visit the hardware store but Opa got distracted.
He was distracted by the girls hanging out on the balcony above us.
Nana was able to distract him by pointing out an old caboose right around the corner.
Opa got really excited when he saw the turntable and engine shed next to it. He threw safety to the wind and climbed aboard for a ride. Opa wore the biggest smile.
It took a bit of work but Nana finally got Opa away from the turntable and on their way. They could hear water and saw an elusive moose making it’s way past the water wheel.
But what amazed them was the giant fish in the lake. They thought it must be a cousin of Ogoopoogoo.
We’ll be back soon to show you the rest of Angus’s Coombs & Comox Valley Railway. Stay tuned.
KSK Railroad has a lot of different rail cars and Opa and Nana took the time to see as many as they could.
The first snuck up behind us.
Well for a train it didn’t really sneak, we just weren’t paying attention until it was just behind us.
Scared the ‘toot’ out of Nana.
Once we pulled ourselves together we wandered over to the rail yard where we noticed a Canadian Pacific car that had a window cut right into the middle of the logo.
Why would they have done that?
The question went unanswered as we were distracted by the trolley arriving.
We hopped on board for a quick tour around.
Wow look at this restaurant made from an old dining car. Nana said she bet the food is ‘choo-choo delicious’. Opa didn’t laugh.
The train station was a little quiet, must be between trains.
Nana’s favourite train car was this one from Disney.
She had to get a selfie with Mickey.
Next stop was down Island to visit Derrill and Pauline at the Arrowsmith Valley Railway.
Opa was excited to see the old steam engine arrive at the station to take us on a tour of the Valley.
The train was late leaving and we soon learned that there were a number of possible reasons for it (see sign above).
The delay didn’t damper our enthusiasm when we started to see the sights.
Meteors and bear impersonators, what will be next?
We continued our tour and saw much of the town till we arrived at our accommodations for the night.
We had a lovely cottage on the outskirts of town with the river running behind it.
But the best part was the water tower to soak in, well at least for Opa, at the end of the day.
After visiting The Little Trent River Railway we caught the Canadian National and arrived at the Royston Railway in time for lunch.
The Royston Railway has a big train station and we spent some time exploring in and around it.
We overheard people talking about the A&W in town and that they were giving away free chicken sliders and root beer floats. Delicious!
As we enjoyed our lunch we sat by the tracks and enjoyed the view.
The train was making it’s way past the farms, by the church and rounded the bend and came closer to us.
We got a close up view of a hobo on board a freight train.
Next we started to walk. Here are a few of our favourite spots.
Nana was thrilled to see a replica of the house from Psycho but was chicken to get too close.
Another favourite was the drive-in.
We peeked over the fence to see what movie was showing.
Opa’s favourite find was this relic of a train almost covered by the bush.
He noticed the bell was loose and thought of taking it home but Nana talked some sense into him thinking that Fred and Susan, the owners, would miss it.
This season opened with Michael and Lee sharing their garden railway.
Opa and Nana were excited to see the lay of the land.
They jumped aboard the train to get the best view.
The Little Trent River Railway meanders around a waterfalls and along side a river.
We look forward to visiting again soon.
The big day had finally arrived!
Opa and Nana have been excited for the birth of their first grandchild.
The doctors, midwife and doula were a great support
making the birthing experience positive.
As the sun rose the proud parents were ready for the family to meet their little one.
Opa and Nana were over the moon and smitten at first glance.
Time to head home so Opa organized the train.
All aboard our newest adventure; being grandparents.
It snowed in Opananaland and Nana and Opa went out to explore.
The steam train was running so they caught a ride to Santa’s village.
The elves were busy decorating.
Nana and Opa got into the spirit and helped build a snowman.
But where is Santa?
No, that’s not him!
There he goes whizzing by in his sleigh!
Merry Christmas to all
see you in the New Year!