McBride

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McBride is a Station on VIA's Skeena (the Prince Rupert to Prince George to Jasper Train), and a subdivision change point on the CN Railroad's Grand Truck Railway Line. The Rocky Mountaineer's Rainforest to Gold Rush Route also passes through the station on its weekly season trips. McBride is a town of just 660 people in the Robinson Valley. The historic railway station is presently a combined visitors information center, gift shop and cafe. The platform area in front of the depot now has a fairly high fence to keep passengers off the tracks. When The Skeena stops in the station I have no idea where passengers actually board and detrain. I ended up exploring the crowded, with no real place to wait station house, at night when my Rocky Mountaineer train broke down and our motorcoaches from Shelley stopped there for a rest stop and to pick-up the most basic lettuce and tomato (vegetarian, more substantial meat ones had all been taken) sandwiches for dinner.
All photos taken on 30 September, 2011

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The crowded coffee shop side
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The central lobby area with the public restrooms
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The visitor center office
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The gift shop
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One exterior view
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The dark former platform area, more lights in the train yard beyond
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The CN McBride sign just beyond the station
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An Old wooden sign on the depot
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The Emergency bustitution for the Rocky Mountaineer outside the station
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