Canada and Alaska
Our neighbor to the north hosted the
transcontinental railroads to be found in North America during the
streamliner era (and still does). In addition, the Alaska Railroad
provided a commercial lifeline for the development of the city of
Fairbanks in the heart of the Alaskan wilderness.
This section includes trains with at least one terminal city in the
Canada/Alaska region. Trains which transited Canada through the
Detroit/Windsor to Buffalo corridor, but which had both end points in
the "lower 48", will be found on Track
Algoma Central Trains 1 and 2
Local train service over the
Algoma Central Railway between Sault Ste. Marie and Hearst, Ontario,
subsidized by the Canadian government as an essential remote service
through a virtually roadless area.
Trains 1 and 2 - June/July 1986
The Atlantic Limited
Pacific operated this service from Montreal to St. John via northern
Maine, with connecting ferry and train service on to Halifax operated
by CPR affiliate Dominion Atlantic Ry.
Limited/RDC Service - May, 1957
Traveling from Boston to Halifax in
mid-1950's? You might very well consider this leisurely overnight
service between Boston and Saint John, New Brunswick, with connecting
service and a through sleeper to Halifax. Boston & Maine, Maine
Central, and Canadian Pacific combined on the Boston-St. John
service, while Canadian National operated the service from St. John to
- July, 1954
A premium overnight service operated by
the Grand Trunk and Canadian National between Chicago, Toronto, and
Limited - February, 1955
The InternationalsThe Great Northern Railway's streamlined service between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia.
The Streamlined Internationals - August, 1952
Canadian National/Grand Trunk
Western's day train between Chicago and Toronto via Port Huron/Sarnia.
- April, 1971
Overnight passenger service operated between
Fairbanks and Anchorage by the Alaska Railroad in the 1950s.
- November, 1958
service between Montreal, New York, and Washington operated by the
Canadian National, Central Vermont, Boston & Maine, New Haven,
Washingtonian - September, 1960
New York Central and
Delaware & Hudson combined on this competing service between
New York City and Montreal.
Limited - September, 1960
Pacific and Soo Line combined on this seasonal summer service
connecting Vancouver, British Columbia and the twin cities of
Minneapolis-St. Paul by way of CPR's spectacularly scenic route through
the Canadian Rockies.
The Mountaineer - July, 1957 (Part of the Union Pacific 1957 Summer Tours series.)
An all-Pullman train until
the late 1950s, this was Canadian National's premier service between
Montreal and Halifax, Nova Scotia.
- May, 1957
service between New York and Toronto was operated by New York Central;
Toronto, Hamilton & Buffalo; and Canadian Pacific.
- June, 1965
The Red WingOvernight sleeper and coach service between Montreal and Boston via Canadian Pacific and Boston & Maine.
The Red Wing/The Alouette - July, 1957
National's secondary service between Montreal and Halifax.
- July, 1954
Canadian National's transcontinental
flagship competed against the Canadian between
Montreal/Toronto and Vancouver.
Continental - July, 1956
Track 5: The Canadian
Page last updated 2015-04-04.