Silk TrainsSilk trains were very special. They carried millions of dollars' worth of pure silk in skeins from Vancouver to Montreal. Very few stops were made on these trips and they would go through Medicine Hat at 90 miles an hour. The silk came from Japan and the trains were guarded. Dad used to tell us when a silk train was to go through and we would watch from the kitchen window to see it go by. All lines were cleared for them. One time one train was wrecked outside of town. I still have one of the silk skeins from that wreck. I don't know how Dad had it, but he did. There was supposed to be enough in one skein for a woven material dress.
|I discovered a number of books written about the Silk Trains online.|