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The British Columbia Railroad maintains a passenger service which goes from Prince George in the north, to Vancouver in the south. The thirteen hour trip follows the Fraser River, some of the most spectacular scenery in North America. The train is only three coaches long and is powered by diesel "bud" cars that is, passenger cars that have the power unit built right into them. So unassuming is this train that it has even been charged by moose on several occasions.
Am When you're on the run, you can't do any better G E Than to pack your grip for British Columbia Am Traveling there when the weather is fair E It's a good job for a Yankee Am When the moose get thick as the falling snow G E Lying ten-feet-deep in the logging road Am And the winter is only two days old G Am Time for heading south, maybe Chorus: Am The B.C. Rail will take you down G E It will take you down from Prince George town Am Along the Fraser, it's a hell of a show G To North Vancouver oh-aye-oh Am To North Vancouver-O! You are working your way from Rupert Bay To the mountains on the Yellowhead Highway There is many and hour, in many a day When you wished you were not driving The black ice there will take your life Give you a little gray hair overnight But you can ride the rail and read the mail And let the road to winding (Chorus) The engines are built into the cars So the fireman doesn't go very far Three cars strong just pulling along To fetch himself some tea The passengers are all together On holiday or running from the weather Looking through the windows at the provincial scenery
Previous Songs: Rainfall Has Turned to Snow * I Like It Here/O Cold and Misery * Winter on the Farm * Darling * Fine Old Lady * The Teton Dam * Towboat * Ozawindib * The Hinkley Fire * Fall Is Here * L'Etoile Du Nord * Goodnight Baby * Gypsy Woody
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