I was humbled to see the crowd of complete strangers who showed up at the Saskatoon train station when I departed for Vancouver last Saturday night.* It was quite the send off.
Okay, so that’s actually a shot of the station c. 1910 when Wilfred Laurier was set to make a whistle stop. The photo below is of a similar vintage yet a similar scene is played out even today.
A couple of special guests did saunter down the track about an hour before my train was set to depart for Vancouver. They stopped adjacent to the station, stared at the four of us who were inside at the time, then calmly walked down the track and out of sight. They’re just carrying on a tradition that dates back to when the CPR was built in the 1880s.