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Royal Hudson

The Royal Hudson: 43 years 1974 − 2017.  This one hour DVD features rare footage of the Royal Hudson 2860 from the day she was rebuilt in 1974 including her first test runs. Also featured is her her maiden VIP trip to Squamish over rare wooden trestles still in place in 1974 in West Vancouver. Watch some high speed trips to Seattle to meet the American Freedom Train in 1975 and then her trip south on her way to California on her Jubiliee Tour in 1977. Also finally her re-build in 2005 and her last excursion to Cloverdale in 2009. The last scenes show her in Squamish at part of the 40th Anniversary of her Jubilee Tour in March 2017.

DVD length: 1 Hour

This DVD highlights the transcontinental passenger trains that operated in the West during the past 45 years.  Great scenes from the start of Amtrak in the US,  CP and CN's premier trains, the start of VIA and a number of special steam excursions. Video shot in some of the most scenic settings in the West.  Includes two cab rides.

DVD length: 1 Hour

celebration of steam

This DVD features mainline freight trains from throughout the Western US and Canada.  From the mid 1970's, this DVD includes many 'fallen flags' including the Burlington Northern, the Denver & Rio Grande Western, Santa Fe and Southern Pacific.  Scenic locations include the Tehachapi Loop, the Cajon Pass, the Cantara Loop and the Columbia Gorge in the US West and the Fraser and Thompson River canyons in the province of BC.

DVD length: 65 minutes

Cariboo Special

A professional, full hour DVD of one the last Special Steam Excursions (ex CPR #3716), up the BC Rail mainline from North Vancouver, British Columbia to 100 Mile House and return. Video contains scenes shot both onboard and pacing the train over four days. Spectacular fall colours with unparalleled scenery bordering Howe Sound, up through the Chekamus Canyon, past Anderson & Seton Lakes and up a 35 mile long 2.2% grade from Lillooet to the benchlands of the Cariboo.

DVD length: 52 minutes

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Featuring ex-CPR #3716

In May 2000, Trains Unlimited chartered a BC Rail passenger Extra that travelled from North Vancouver to Kelly Lake, B.C. and return. This DVD features trackside shots, long pacing scenes, onboard shots and six photo run-bys as we cover Days One and Two of the three day charter. The weather was perfect on both days and highlights the spectacular scenery of the BC Rail Mainline from the Coast to the bench lands of the Cariboo starring #3716 at her best. Also included: Rare coverage of #3716 double heading with Royal Hudson #2860 on an opening season special from North Van to Squamish.

DVD length: 58 minutes

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celebration of steam

Featuring SP 4449 and CP 2816

In 2000 and 2001, two separate steam excursions, with two different steam locomotives, commenced within 10 miles of each other. SP 4449, painted in a rare black paint scheme, powered an Employees Special over the BNSF system. We chased it from New Westminster, B.C. to Wenatchee, WA. Approximately 14 months later, CP 2816 made her 'maiden run' after a complete restoration from Port Moody, B.C. to Calgary. We followed her on the CPR mainline through the Fraser Valley on her first day's run. Two big steam locomotives showing off their power and sounds at speed on one DVD!

DVD length: 35 minutes

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celebration of steam

CPR #1201 & CNR #6060
1985 - 1986

Two very significant railway-related events occurred in 1985 & 1986. On Nov. 7th, 1985, the 100th anniversary of the Driving of the Last Spike was re-enacted at Craigellachie, B.C. Follow CPR Pacific #1201 on her trip to and from the ceremony! Six months later in May 1986, Steamexpo was held east of the Expo '86 grounds and featured 17 operating steam locomotives. Follow CNR #6060 from Kamloops to Vancouver to attend this Celebration of Steam! Includes Steamexpo scenes.

DVD length: 35 minutes

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