Lake Louise

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Lake Louise is no longer a station that sees regular passenger rail service. The Rocky Mountaineer passes through it about twice weekly in summer without stopping, boarding all passengers in Banff 35 miles east. There was still a sign up when I was there for 2816 Empress Steam Locomotive that was visiting in July 2011. The iconic Chateau Lake Louise is featured on many of their Vacation Packages with even passengers going on Red Leaf packages spending the night there. (When I went on my Golden Circle via Whistler, it was completely booked due to a conference so we got about $300 in savings and put in a simple but adequate lodge in town). The last time it saw regular passenger service was daily until January 1990 when VIA underwent massive service cuts that discontinued the Super-Continental (the name of CNs transcontinental route) and re-routed the Canadain (the CP train route) via the CN so it could serve VIA's mandate of serving northern rural communities and bypassed large population centers. The Lake Louise Train Station is a National Heritage Rail Station; the historic long cabin depot has been turned into a restaurant called Lake Louis Station Restaurant. Just west of the depot are 3 historic dining cars permanently stationary that can be rented out for special events. There is still a long concrete strip with a fading yellow line for a platform and special trains do on rare occasions utilize the station. The stop is off on its own, not right next to the few shops and lodges that are the Lake Louise Town Center, although it is a perfectly easy, less than a mile, walk. The Chateau and lake itself is about two and a half miles away up hill but this walk can be done on trails. There are still signs along the roads into town for the Heritage Railway Station Restaurant but with a spoon and fork as the symbol, not an image of a train.
Photos taken from the ground on October 3, 2011; photos from the train on October 5 , 2011

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The end of an extra siding into Lake Louise with a sign for Empress Steam Locomotive #2816
Lake Louise Station Restaurant sign, its current use
The depot is at the dead end of a street, this is the turn-around
Looking down the long platform with a fading yellow line
The station house and outside dining areas
The cut out wooden Lake Louise Lettering
Another track side view of the depot
There still some benches for waiting
View from the west side of the depot
The historic dining cars offer a different dining experience
Wooden platforms surround the dining cars
The Delamere is one former CP dining car
An Eastbound CP freight train approaches Lake Louise Station
AC4400CW #9564 helped by AC4400CW #9590 approaches
AC4400CW #9564 helped by AC4400CW #9590 approaching with wood cars
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