I've been reading anything I could find about the Skeena in preparation for my planned trip on it. It seems like this train never gets filled much, despite the scenery and the vintage equipment. For example, take a look at the Skeena consists I've found: Winter Consist: EMD F40PH Budd 62-seat Coach Budd Park Car Summer Touring Consist: EMD F40PH Budd Baggage Car Budd 62-seat Coach Budd 68-seat Coach Colorado Railcar Panorama Car Budd Park Car Summer Regular Consist: EMD F40PH Budd Baggage Car Budd 62-seat Coach Budd 68-seat Coach Budd Park Car As you can see the summer consists are much longer than the winter ones, but they all seem too short for this route. And VIA should have some extra equipment lying around after cuts throughout the years. But I've heard that depsite the scenery and lower fares than the Canadian, this route still runs half-empty often. Remember, the Canada misses quite a bit of scenery at night, and even worse, that forces you to book an expensive Sleeper ticket or get stuck sleeping in Coach. Instead, the Skeena runs during the day, no need for sleepers, and you can just get a cheap hotel room in Prince George. Exactly the way I plan travel: cut down on overnight segments, sleep in hotels, enjoy the scenery, and make the journey part of your destination. Unfortunately, most North American trains make this impossible, including the CZ and the Canadian, but not the Skeena! Then, why doesn't VIA advertise this route more? Why do they keep focusing on the Canadian, which is already very famous, and forgetting about the Skeena? Surely there could be much more passengers riding this route.