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Railway Tales From British Columbia, Alberta and Yukon
Mary Trainer, Brian Antonson, and Rick Antonson

“If there is one thing I have learned,” wrote Don Evans, President Emeritus of the West Coast Railway Association, in his foreword, “it is that everyone has a train story.” Whistle Posts West is a collection of some of the greatest train stories ever compiled in Western Canada, spanning 150 years of ingenuity and intrigue, grit and glory, and disasters and close calls.


Join Mary Trainer, Brian Antonson, and Rick Antonson—authors of the Canadian bestseller Slumach’s Gold—as they share their lifelong passion for all things railway-related. Having grown up with the echoes of steam-train whistles, they bring to life everything from the smoke-puffing locomotives that chugged along the Kettle Valley Railway to the revitalization of the stately Royal Hudson to gripping tales of train robberies and the fascinating business of determining routes and laying down tracks. Whistle Posts West captures the excitement, allure and enterprising spirit that has inspired over a century of railway adventurers—and it is sure to inspire readers to hop aboard and enjoy the ride.

Whistle Posts West spent eight weeks on the Vancouver Sun’s BC Books Bestseller List and 10 weeks on the BC Book Publishers Bestseller List.

  • October 23, 2015

  • ISBN: 9781772030433

  • Available in paperback and eBook editions


Terrific stories about the lure and impact of railroading in Canada.
Mike Harcourt, former premier of BC and former railroader

This book will become a classic.
Herb Dixon, President, Alberta Railway Museum

Whistle Posts West is a must-read for serious train buffs and arm- chair rail travellers alike.
Garry Marchant, author of The Peace Correspondent

Read Whistle Posts West and jump aboard Canada’s love affair with trains.
Don Waite, author of British Columbia and Yukon Gold Hunters

I wish to congratulate Mary Trainer, Brian Antonson, and Rick Antonson on their fine job. Their work and research will trigger many memories in the minds of those of us with a railroad background.
Harry Home, Member, Canadian Railway Hall of Fame

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