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Published on Feb 1, 2008
5 Shows on One Disc!
British Columbia Railway. BC Rail was as spectacular an operation to watch as the scenery through which it ran. Sold to the Canadian National Railway in 2004, it's now a beloved fallen flag of the past, but you can still experience the thrill of BC Rail as it existed in 1986 when this show was originally filmed. Pentrex takes you for a ride along Howe Sound behind Royal Hudson 2860, one of the world's most beautiful steam locomotives. You'll also enjoy a trip aboard the Budd passenger cars from North Vancouver to Prince George, a 13-hour journey that takes you into the cab for first-hand views of meets with other trains. Traveling the various subdivisions, you'll get close-up views of freight operations and will pay a visit the Tumbler Ridge line to see its electric locomotives and their coal loading operations. BC Rail's color scheme was shifting from green to its new red, white, and blue paint at this time; you'll see both color schemes traveling through mountains, past lakes, and across bridges. Step back in time with Pentrex to savor BC Rail at its finest!
Uncommon Carrier. View the steam, diesel, and electric locomotives used by BC Rail to serve its shipping, passenger, and tourist operations and get special insight into BC Rail's contribution to the economy of its province. This production includes footage from Pentrex and the BC Rail film library.
995 Days. Experience the Tumbler Ridge Line, the only 50-kilowatt electric railroad in North America. Construction began in 1980 and was completed in 1983, after just 995 days! You'll see tunnels drilled, track laid, catenary strung, insulators fired, and the unique locomotives designed by GMD of Canada for this remote and fascinating line.
Mile 63.5. On a cold November day in 1985, a northbound BC Rail train hit a rockslide at Mile 63.5 and derailed. Experience the efforts of the men and equipment pulling three locomotives up an embankment back to the main line in the middle of a British Columbia winter!
Dayliner One and Snowtrain. Enjoy two beautiful travelogs of the BC Rail system. Climb aboard the stainless steel Budd cars, view the beautiful scenery, and visit the towns the railroad serves. Includes great aerial shots of the Budd cars traveling the rails!