The room was full. The conversation was percolating. The talk was of all things railway - both prototype and model. The bar was open. The stage was set at this welcoming venue in Little Italy. The Ottawa Valley Associated Railroaders had invited me to speak to their June meeting and I gladly accepted. After a delicious buffet dinner and a short business meeting, my 45-minute PowerPoint entitled Kingston Platform Scenes followed.
Who wouldn't like the chance to talk trains? I could have gone all night, but then again, no. While my talk focused on Kingston, it also covered travels across Canada on VIA Rail and would not have been possible without the surprising success of my three books on VIA Rail.
My genial host Peter Jackson kept me on track (pun intended) and I had the chance to meet Ottawa railfans like the well-versed Earl Roberts of BRS Canadian Trackside Guide fame:
A visit to Parliament Hill capped off a very enjoyable visit to our nation's capital!