The passenger car was completely refinished inside and out.. There is a blog that documented the extensive work by Ogema and area in restoring the train and station.
We traveled the 16 miles to Horizon SK with still some light rain and mist so didn't get a lot of clear pictures of the view on that part of the trip. The rain didn't dampen the excitement of riding on the train though. The rain had stopped by the time we got to Horizon and we got off the train to tour a grain elevator. In the picture above the passenger car is waiting while the engine goes around to hook on the other end (left end in this picture) for the return trip. The seats actually flip over so we are still facing forward for the return trip.
In the distance to the right in the picture above is a former Pool elevator which is still used as an elevator for farmer and community owned railroads. This section of track is part of the rail facilities operated by the Red Coat Road and Rail. And this in turn is part of over 700 km of former CPR track across southern Saskatchewan operated by Great Western Railroad.
We toured the former Federal grain elevator which was later operated by the Wheat Pool until the 1970s. Then we returned to the train for the trip back to Ogema. We stopped for about 1/2 hour and the train only traveled about 20 - 25 mph so the whole tour was about 2 hours.
I took some video clips with my iPhone that I combined into a short video from the return trip.
The video starts with the outside of the train while reboarding for the return trip, some inside the train, and the view out the window passing the former community of Glasnevin. (This Glasnevin link I found is part of a series of Youtube videos with some history of prairie communities, and is videoed from the train we were on.) If you look for Southern Prairie Railroad on Youtube you can also find other videos about this train.
When we got back to Ogema we had a quick tour of the Deep South Pioneer Museum. We had no idea how extensive this is and only had 45 minutes before heading home in time for supper with the family. It is a pioneer village with 30 buildings over 10 acres as well as outdoor displays such as rows of old tractors. A person could spend all day there but we just had a short time.
All in all a very exciting and memorable way to celebrate my birthday with the family.