Jasper–Prince Rupert train
The Jasper–Prince Rupert train (formerly the Skeena, now known as Trains 5/6, sometimes called The Rupert Rocket ) is a Canadian passenger train service operated by Via Rail between Jasper, Alberta, Prince George and Prince Rupert in British Columbia.
The train operates three times weekly, departing Jasper on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The return service departs Prince Rupert on the same days of the week. The journey takes two days with an overnight stop at Prince George.
The train offers Economy Class and, twice a week in the summer, Touring Class service. Touring class offers exclusive access to the Panoramic Dome car and the Park car. When Touring Class is offered, Economy Class passengers are restricted from the dome cars; sandwiches, drinks, and other snack items are sold by the attendants at the passenger's seat. Touring Class passengers are served three meals per day in the Panoramic Dome car and staff offer commentary throughout the journey.
The train offers connections at Prince Rupert between the BC Ferries service to Port Hardy, the Alaska Marine Highway service to points in southeast Alaska, and a connection at Jasper to the Via Rail Canadian to Vancouver and Toronto.
According to the 2014 VIA Rail Annual Report, the train has ridership of 344 passengers per week and an average government subsidy of $1.56 per passenger mile. The average passenger pays a fare of approximately $81, with operating costs of $624, for an average subsidy of $542 per entrained passenger.
A significant portion of the traffic on the train originates with Jasper-based tour operators who offer a day-time package of a ride on the train, with return transportation by bus to Jasper upon disembarkation at Dunster or McBride station. Rail tour operators such as Rocky Mountaineer also include the train as part of various "circle" itineraries.
The departure from Jasper takes the train past Moose Lake, before traversing Mount Robson Provincial Park with a view of Mount Robson. The section between Smithers and Terrace is said[by whom?] to be the most picturesque part of the journey along with the approach into Prince Rupert.
|Harvey||106||stops on request, Pacific time|
|Dunster||142||stops on request|
|McBride||174||stops on request|
|Goat River||217||stops on request|
|Loos||232||stops on request|
|Dome Creek||262||stops on request|
|Bend||265||stops on request|
|Penny||285||stops on request|
|Longworth||301||stops on request|
|Hutton||314||stops on request|
|Sinclair Mills||319||stops on request|
|McGregor||331||stops on request|
|Upper Fraser||341||stops on request|
|Aleza Lake||349||stops on request|
|Willow River||378||stops on request|
|Prince George||409||Overnight stay|
|Fort Fraser||560||stops on request|
|Telkwa||780||stops on request|
|Kitwanga||912||stops on request|
|Cedarvale||933||stops on request|
|Doreen||957||stops on request|
|Pacific||967||stops on request|
|Usk||988||stops on request|
|Kwinitsa||1094||stops on request|
- 2014 VIA Rail Annual Report