Right from the moment we set foot on the train, the steward, Peter looked after us like we were
members of his family. He joked with us, brought us extra things to do to pass the time and made
train travel on the top of my list of things to do again. At the end of our trip, he then presented my
daughter with a box of chocolates (that are only available on VIA Rail) and wished her a good
year at school...
This past week, our family travelled by train to take my daughter Kelsey back to the Mount
Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick. It was a 28 hour train trip from Stratford to
Sackville. We dropped Kelsey at school, got her settled in her new residence room and then
jumped on the train for the ride home. We were a little disappointed because Peter wasn’t on the
train again, but nevertheless enjoyed our trip home. Right near the end, who should walk through
the train? Peter! He came right over as soon as he spotted us, “How did your daughter make out?
Did she like her room?” This is a guy who sees thousands of passengers every month, but the
way he dealt with our family, you’d never know it.
I wish I knew his last name, but if you’re ever riding the rails in the VIA 1 section from Toronto
to Montreal, look for him. He’s made a believer out of me that train travel may just be the way of