Canada isn't short on epic landscapes to feast your eyes on from the train window, but why go big when you can go miniature?
With vast swathes of epic landscapes stretching from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean and north toward the Arctic, and with a healthy sprinkling of lakes, mountains and sweeping panoramas in between, it's little wonder that going by rail is a popular choice in Canada. And it's this Canadian wilderness that has become the subject of photographer Jeff Freisen's latest project.
Armed with a camera and a 2" replica model of the vintage 1955 streamliner, "The Canadian", Jeff followed the cross-country tracks of a train from a bygone era. Jeff explains, “my own cross-country exploration is done by taking the train, but not in the usual sense… I carry the train rather than it carrying me." When we asked Jeff why he chose to photograph a miniature train he told Loco2, "there is a romance attached to train travel that you'll never find in the cramped confines of a car or plane... there is no word for train-sickness because there is no need."
Cathedral Grove British Columbia
Cape Breton Nova Scotia
Bruce Peninsula Nova Scotia
Totem Forest British Columbia
Early Autumn Quebec
Five Islands Nova Scotia
Golden Harvest Manitoba
Green Bridge Quebec
High Water Nova Scotia
Lake Louise Alberta
Prairie Skyway Saskatchewan
Salish Sea British Columbia
Salt Marsh Brunswick
Summer Storm Ontario
The Crossing Nova Scotia
We're usually confined to advocating the joys of travelling Europe by train, but if these pictures whet your appetite for the Canadian wild, you can travel Canada's breadth aboard "The Canadian". The journey onboard VIA Rail's epic 2792 mile cross-country rail odyssey, from Toronto to Vancouver, spans 4 time zones and gives you a wonderful sense of Canada's grand and changing landscape. You'll view everything from urban metropolises to vast and desolate prairies from the comfort of a sleeping car, whose design and every detail evoke the golden era of the railways. And you never know, you might spot a little train winding its way slowly alongside you!
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