Terry Gainer’s family arrived in Banff in 1948 when his father, Frank Gainer, was transferred there as station agent.
From their arrival until 1955 the family lived in the residence atop the station itself. During those years, Terry explored every nook and cranny of the station and the surrounding grounds.
From 1957 he worked summer jobs there, initially as a porter in the baggage room and then as a redcap through the summer of 1962, which was the bonanza year of the Seattle World’s Fair and the opening of the Trans-Canada Highway but unfortunately also the beginning of the end of train travel to Banff.
Listen to this Episode on Spotify with Terry Gainer and ZAK of the Canadian Podcast:
Largely influenced by his upbringing, Terry has enjoyed a career that has been an amazing fifty-year adventure in tourism.
Though he retired in 2005, he has stayed involved in the industry as a marketing consultant.
When Trains Ruled the Kootenays follows his previous book about railway history in the Rocky Mountains: When Trains Ruled the Rockies: My Life at the Banff Railway Station.
Terry lives in Kaslo, British Columbia.