Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Day 188: Train Station Inn


Day 188: Train Station Inn, originally uploaded by susanvg.

As we neared Tatamagouche, on a bay from Nothumberland Strait, we saw signs for the Train Station Inn, so we decided to see if anything was available. The inn consists of an old train station and about 10 old train cars. There are a number of cabooses and a box car which serve as bedrooms. They have been completely refurbished inside to include a delightful bedroom, with adjoining bathroom. We ate dinner in a car that has been repurposed to be a dining car. Its first function was as a third class passenger wagon; it carried immigrants from Pier 21 in Halifax to far flung destinations across Canada. Later it served to bring troops home after WWII. Attached to the dining car is a lounge, in a car once used by Edward VII and Princess Alexandria when they visited Canada. It is marked “Governor General” and may have been used by previous GGs on their Canadian travels. It is odd to see it here.

It's always good to go off the beaten path – it is certainly more fun to stay here than in a generic motel. And the location is certainly more delightful than the edge of a small city where many motels are located.

2 comments:

  1. How fun! It is neat to really stretch 'out of the box', especially if you aren't on a schedule! Interesting history with this stop, too!

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  2. What a great idea! I've been to a restaurant in a rail car but never an inn. Nice perspective!

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