All aboard the miniature train

22 November 2012

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

cathedral grove british columbia

Cape Breton Nova Scotia

cape breton nova scotia

Canoe Lake

canoe lake

Bruce Peninsula Nova Scotia

bruce peninsula nova scotia

Badlands, Alberta

Badlands alberta

Totem Forest British Columbia

totem forest british columbia

Early Autumn Quebec

early autmn quebec

Five Islands Nova Scotia

five islands nova scotia

Gatineau Cascade

gatineau cascade

Golden Harvest Manitoba

Golden Harvest Manitoba

Green Bridge Quebec

Green bridge quebec

High Water Nova Scotia

high water nova scotia

Lake Louise Alberta

lake louise alberta

Prairie Skyway Saskatchewan

prairie skyway saskatchewan

Salish Sea British Columbia

Salish sea British Columbia

Salt Marsh Brunswick

Salt marsh brunswick

Summer Storm Ontario

summer storm ontario

The Crossing Nova Scotia

The crossing Nova Scotia

Algonquin morning

Algonquin morning

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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