The American Northwest was opened for development by the Great Northern Railroad in 1893. The Great Northern's premier passenger train was known as the 'Empire Builder', and this tradition is continued by Amtrak today. The train travels the 2200 miles from Chicago, Illinois to Seattle, Washington through the most spectacular scenery in the Northwestern United States. The viewer will enjoy all phases of this adventure from interviews with the crew to historical notes and the always impressive vistas. The train travels through both the rugged, and snow capped, Rocky and Cascade Mountains on it's way West to the Pacific coast.
Steam Locomotive operations in Canada lasted longer than it did in the United States. Both the Canadian National Railroad and the Canadian Pacific Railroad were still rostering a substantial number of steam locomotives in the 1950's. This period film will show a number of these locomotives in mainline service on both railroads. Both freight and passenger trains from Eastern and Western Canada are featured. Just as interesting as the steam locomotives are a fascinating assortment of freight and passenger cars, from ice reefers to truss rod passenger coaches in active service.
Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo Show chapter search Total time - 52 minutes