Though I’ve lived in Nova Scotia for most of my life, there are countless big parts of this province’s history I haven’t encountered. “Remembering when the ‘stunning’ Bluenose flew along the rails, not the water” by Vernon Ramesar for CBC introduced me to a train that travelled from the southwestern part of the province to my own city that was a famous means of transportation decades before the Bluenose schooner eclipsed it as an icon for Nova Scotia.
Three decades before the iconic schooner Bluenose sailed the waters of Nova Scotia, the Flying Bluenose train was whisking passengers between Yarmouth and Halifax in style.“Remembering when the ‘stunning’ Bluenose flew along the rails, not the water” by Vernon Ramesar
The summer luxury train started its run in 1891, becoming part of the Dominion Atlantic Railway fleet when the company was formed in 1894 by the merger of two regional railway companies.
The regular train was slower and made many stops. But the Flying Bluenose had far fewer stops, was luxuriously appointed and could travel the 400 kilometres from Yarmouth to Halifax in about eight hours.