- Something terrible has happened to trans-Canada travel, as freight trains take priority over passenger travel, so that your trip can now be delayed not in terms of hours, but days. Blame Bill Gates.
- If you're old and have balance problems, like me (mind you I walk 18 holes on a golf course twice per week), watch out.
- My train was a quarter mile long, and this length can be doubled in the summertime.
- Your dining car can be five trains away. The space between trains is open to the environment. If it is snowing, the path is icy, and the handrail is covered with snow. The doors are shut tight and heavy. I don't know how I survived four days of this challenge.
- Your bed comes down at 7PM, and one just goes to bed because there is no such thing as entertainment like on cruise ships. You won't want to walk to another car anyway because of the above dangers.
- Imagine trying to sleep through an earthquake anywhere from 3 to 7 magnitude. I've been in a 7.1 Tokyo earthquake. When there is no earthquake, that means the train is stopped to allow freight trains to pass.
- Just walking through the train is dangerous, as there is a lot of rocking and you bounce between walls and doors and whatever.
- The food, though, is generally good, and you are forced to sit on tables of four, so you meet interesting people.
- The view of snow scenes during the winter period is spectacular, especially from the dome car, which is accessible only when there aren't that many passengers. This would be a problem in the summer.
Okay, the Dow, S&P and Nasdaq all broke all time records, the DJIA up 140 to 24,792. The business world is salivating over the tax reform package, which is expected to be signed by President Donald Trump for your Christmas present, if you're rich.