When Trains Ruled the Rockies
My Life at the Banff Railway Station
About the Book
When Trains Ruled the Rockies is a personal history of the Banff train station from 1948 through 1962.
Drawn from Terry Gainer’s personal memories and experiences from his years living and working at the legendary Banff Railway Station, this entertaining memoir and important historical record beckons the reader into the golden age of railway travel in the mountains of western Canada.
Complete with a selection of archival photographs, When Trains Ruled the Rockies documents life at the Banff Railway Station and traces the huge role the station played in the local community. The author’s own story of growing up at the station winds a thread through the narrative and brings into clear focus Terry’s lifelong passion for passenger trains, at one time the most dominant means of transportation for Canadians but sadly an experience that is now fading into history.
“[When Trains Ruled the Rockies] is a warm and sentimental look back on a way of life that was perfect for a young boy in the 1940s and 1950s.” – TrainGeek.ca
“I recommend Terry Gainer’s When Trains Ruled the Rockies: My Life at the Banff Railway Station as a valuable, textured, and beautifully illustrated account of growing up after the Second World War at an important Rocky Mountain tourist and recreational railway station along the CPR mainline between Calgary and Vancouver.” – The Ormsby Review
“[Terry Gainer’s] book, which includes both personal and archival photos, provides an entertaining and nostalgic look at a time ‘when trains ruled the Rockies.'” – Canada’s History Magazine