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Not Forgotten

Lake Louise, located near the peak of the Rocky Mountains in Banff National Park, is only 2 hours from my home, but we only get there every 5 years or so. A million or more tourists visit Banff and Jasper National Parks every year -- maybe that's what keeps us closer to home. Once you have seen the mountains, glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, elk, bear, and moose, you may have time to see a variety of (mostly) freight trains or grab a meal in a variety of good eateries. Why not combine good food with trauns?

You can see the "Rocky Mountaineer" pass through Lake Louise Station  every few days in season. The trans-continental streamliner, CPR's "Canadian", last ran through here in 1990, at which time the train was transferred to ViaRail and CNR tracks through Edmonton and Jasper. It still runs 20+ passenger cars 3 days a week.

The Station Restaurant is a historic treasure located beside the CPR railway tracks, next to the Bow River in Lake Louise. Built in 1910 as the CPR depot, the Station is the oldest building in Lake Louise. Along with Banff and Jasper stations, this building was granted Canadian Heritage Station status in 1991. The building was restored in 1994.

In addition to the station building that is the main restaurant, there are two elegant dining cars named "Delamere" (built 1925) and "Killarney" (1906). There were several official cars named "KIllarney" on the CPR over the years. This one is supposed to be CPR #2, once the private car of Lord Shaughnessy, president of the CPR from 1899 to 1918. Side Note: "Killarney" was also a dark green colour used on CPR Express cars.

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In the late 1990's, we were served a very fine gourmet meal in "Delamere" and were given a tour of "Killarney". Opulance abounded in every corner.
Fancy china and cutlery, even fancier woodwork on the interior paneling, made for a luxurious evening.

Today "Delamere" can be booked for special functions only. seating up to 26 diners. The main restaurant features several dining rooms and a huge double hearth fireplace.

Here are photos of the two dining cars.gleaned from the Internet. My photos follow.

CPR Dining Car "Delamere" at Lake Louise Station Restaurant. Steps are for VIP diners.

CPR Business Car "Killarny", with observation platform, at Lake Louise Station Restaurant

These photos of the restaurant in the CPR  cars are from a trip in the late 1990's with my brother and his wife.

Above and Below: CPT dining car "Delamere" at Station Restaurant, Lake Louise, Alberta.

Inside the "Delamere" dining car. We appear to be having a good time.

Scenes from inside "Delamere", sometime in the late 1990's.