We took a weekend to go to Ogema, Saskatchewan and experience the Southern Prairie Railway. The railway is a tourist one and offers different kinds of rides every weekend. It is the only tourist railway of it’s kind of the prairies. After getting to Ogema a little early and taking a look around a truly charming town, we headed to the train station and looked around. After boarding, we were off to the ghost town of Horizon, Saskatchewan.
Along the way, we were treated to entertaining local history and stories by the host of the trip who both shared a prepared presentation and interacted extensively with the audience. Once to Horizon we were able to go inside a historic Federal Grain elevator while the train turned around and we headed back. The entire tour takes about two hours in a restored Pullman carriage (the restoration of the carriage makes for a great story in itself).
Starting with lunch in the community, the entire afternoon was worth the time and the money. The boys, Wendy, and myself loved the trip and want to do it again in the future.
We did learn one thing on the train and that is the back of the railcar swings quite a bit. The difference in going to Horizon and then back was extremely noticeable. Not a distraction but another neat part of the trip.
You can find out more about the railway at www.southernprairierailway.com.