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Southern Railway of British Columbia (SRY) Volume II: Fraser Valley Operations
Rocky Mountain Express [Blu-Ray]
Runtime: 45 Minutes
Rocky Mountain Express propels audiences on a steam train journey through the breathtaking vistas of the Canadian Rockies and relates the epic adventure of building the nation’s first transcontinental railway. Retracing the original route aboard the majestic steam engine 2816, the film transports the audience back to the age of steam to re-live this alpine nation-building odyssey. The film weaves together spectacular aerial cinematography, breathtaking vistas of the west, archival photographs and maps, and the potent energy and rhythms of a live steam locomotive to immerse audiences in an era of remarkable ingenuity and struggle and through a region of stunning natural beauty. Ride the rails along deep river canyons and over high mountain passes. Discover some of the most beautiful and rugged landscapes on earth and the heroic human drama and epic engineering that shaped a continent.
Englewood Railway By Pentrex
Runtime: 120 Minutes
At one time there were scores of logging railroads on Canada’s Vancouver Island. One had to be the last… and it was the Englewood Railway. Pentrex takes you back to 1990 for an up-close visit to the Englewood Railway (owned by CANFOR in 1990). See logs move from forest to sea on a 76-mile railway that is the backbone of a modern forest operation. Visit the dispatcher’s office and Ride the cab of unique diesels on the log train. See 2-8-2 No. 113 a steam engine that still hauls logs occasionally.
Sadly the Englewood no longer operates, but Pentrex adds to the original show with photos and video from the last days of the operation in 2017.
A bonus is the 1937 industry film “Trees to Tribunes”. This vintage film shows the amazing transformation from standing timber to paper for the pages of the Chicago Tribune.
Iconic Canadian Steam – CPR Hudson Class
Runtime: 100 Minutes
Canadian Pacific’s 4-6-4 Hudson Class steam locomotive was once the pride of the CPR’s roster. There are only two Hudson Class locomotives that are still in operating condition to this day and in 2010 both could be found in the line of duty.
The Empress 2816
Follow the 2816 on four different days through the rugged terrain of both British Columbia and Alberta. We start our journey heading west from Lake Louise, AB through the Spiral Tunnels and Kicking Horse Pass to Golden, BC. We continue the journey as we capture the eastbound trip from Revelstoke through the Selkirk and Rock Mountains before arriving in Banff, AB
The Royal Hudson 2860
On three different occasions watch the 2860 as she rolls through British Columbia’s Lower Mainland. We capture the 2860 as she heads south from Squamish along the former BC Rail line to Vancouver. Then watch 2860’s official two day excursion as she departs from Vancouver to White Rock with the return trip the following day.
The Kootenay Valley Railway The Land of Mountains, Rivers, and EMD’s
Runtime: 100 Minutes
The Kootenay Valley Railway, which is operated as an internal short line by Canadian Pacific, lies across British Columbia’s southern interior as it stretches through some of the Province’s most spectacular scenery. From SD40-2’s dominating the mainline, to yard switchers climbing 4.2% grades, Elevation Media has extensively captured the railway across the system. Follow the KVR’s only train “The Hot Shot” starting from Cranbrook as it travels to Nelson, along the Kootenay River to Castlegar, and then following the Columbia River to Trail. Watch the yard crew in Castlegar switching along the Robson Spur, and the Trail Switcher as it battles some of the most tortures grades in North America to Warfield.
The Royal Return
Runtime: 60 Minutes
The Royal Return is an in-depth documentary focusing on the Royal Hudson’s three-day return to steam. After years of fundraising and a 15-month restoration completed by the West Coast Railway Association, the 2860 steamed again for the first time in seven years on September 28th, 2006. Seven months later, on April 15th, 2007, the Royal Hudson ran from Vancouver to White Rock, B.C. and return on her first official excursion back in service. Elevation Media was there to capture every historical moment.
Starting in Squamish, B.C., the 2860 rolls along Howe Sound as the Royal Lady stretches her legs for the first time en route to Vancouver. The following day, not a moment is missed as the Royal Hudson conducts her official excursion to White Rock, B.C. We then follow the Royal Hudson back home to Squamish on her third and final day, completing her triumphant return to steam. This historical footage is not to be missed as the 2860 makes her Royal Return.
The Royal Hudson Doing Fine in 2009
Runtime: 90 Minutes
The year of 2009 saw the Royal Hudson, #2860, complete three amazing excursions. Whether it was her rolling along the rails of Southern Railway of BC, or pulling the Whistler Mountaineer from North Vancouver to Squamish, the 2860 did not fail to impress, and Elevation Media was there every step of the way. With four runs covered in our program, this is a must see for any Royal Hudson fan.
From Squamish to New Westminster
Before all the action can take place the Royal Hudson stretches her legs with her first run on the mainline since 2007 as she travels from Squamish along the old BC Rail line before arriving in New Westminster at Southern Railway of BC’s Trapp Yard.
A Royal Cab Ride to Cloverdale
On the first day of excursions on Southern Railway of BC’s mainline, from New Westminster to Cloverdale and return, we have the privilege of riding in the cab of the 2860 to Cloverdale. We catch plenty of action as well throughout the day and even enjoy another brief cab ride in FP7 #4069
Sunday on Southern Railway of BC
We don’t miss a single minute of action on the second excursion to Cloverdale. From departing Trapp Yard, to the climb up the Kennedy Hill, arriving and departing Cloverdale, to the completion of her journey in New Westminster, we capture every moment of this amazing day.
2860 Leads Whistler Mountaineer
On the opening run of the season for the Whistler Mountaineer the Royal Hudson has the honor of leading the train from North Vancouver to Squamish. This is the Royal Hudson’s first excursion with passengers on the old BC Rail line in 10 years.
Southern Railway of British Columbia (SRY) Volume II: Fraser Valley Operations
Runtime: 210 Minutes
Southern Railway of British Columbia’s Fraser Valley Operations truly embraces the term “Short Line Railway”. Based out of Huntingdon, the railway services the cities of Langley, Abbotsford, and Chilliwack in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland — and Elevation Media has extensively captured the railway’s operations. Climb aboard an SW900 as we ride the “Chilliwack Turn” from Abbotsford to Chilliwack along the former interurban line built back in 1910: the Fraser Valley Subdivision. On the return trip, we ride back to Abbotsford in the caboose as the railway is one of the few which still have cabooses on the mainline, all the while capturing plenty of action trackside. We also follow the “Sperling Turn” from Abbotsford to Langley. Then we flash back to a time when a regular job still travelled from New Westminster to Abbotsford, as we ride in the cab of an SD38-2 from Langley to Abbotsford. From Langley to Chilliwack, we cover approximately 40 miles of mainline track of the railway’s Fraser Valley Operations.
Southern Railway of British Columbia (SRY) Volume III: Vancouver Operations
Runtime: 65 Minutes
For almost 100 years, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway operated a rail barge slip in the Port of Vancouver. In May of 2009, Southern Railway of British Columbia took over the rail barge and the operations until the end of December of 2009. Elevation Media has captured the historical moments of Southern Railway of BC’s short appearance in Vancouver, from the barge job working in the Port of Vancouver, to the transfer job running from New Westminster to Vancouver.
The Barge Job
We join the crew of the Vancouver barge job as we head from South Yard in Vancouver, down the Burrard Inlet Line, and into the Port of Vancouver. Watch as the crew unloads a barge and then return back to South Yard to finish the day.
The Transfer Job
We travel along Canadian National’s New Westminster Sub from New Westminster to Vancouver. Not only do we watch the journey, but ride along in the cab of SD38AC # 381.
From a cab ride along the New Westminster Sub, to exclusive footage of unloading the Barge Job you can’t find another program like this anywhere!
Experience The Dayliner Poster
We’re pretty excited to present a new poster: “Experience the Dayliner.”
This poster was designed and created by Little Blue Dog Designs exclusively for Elevation Media. Little Blue Dog Designs was created by artist Mike Swallow. Focusing on travel posters of many places around the world, Mike uses his love of travel, nature, & art to create custom designs of anywhere you want to go!
The poster reflects back on a time of travel on Vancouver Island when CP Rail’s BUDD cars were a new and exciting technology. Complete with the Island’s natural beauty, this poster brings a vintage feel similar to the original Canadian Pacific travel posters.
The poster is printed on a Satin photo paper, providing a smooth and stunning look to this unique design. The sizes available are 12″x16″ or 18″x24″. The prices INCLUDE shipping!