Since the “Last Spike” was driven for the Canadian Pacific, Rogers Pass and the CPR have been synonymous. “The Pass” has never ceased to be one operationally challenging piece of railroad. “Canadian Pacific’s Rogers Pass” provides you with a spectacular in-depth look at the Rogers Pass section of CP’s Mountain Sub., both prior to, and after construction of the Macdonald and Shaughnessy Tunnels in the 1980s. This is excellent coverage of the pass, shot with the cooperation of the CP. There are two shows on this DVD: In “The Last Pushers” we see the helper station, and the crews getting ready, and ride along on the helpers, which are generally cut in mid-train, and sometimes on the front to handle the steepest part of the Rogers Pass grade (east slope). There are also trackside views along the way, and this is all shot in the winter. The scenery here is magnificent, but remote and mountainous. It is a difficult area for videographers to get in and out of – and to get these great shots!
The second show, “CP Rail Conquers Rogers Pass” gives an overview of the route (mostly the east slope), and then shows you the new route with a lesser grade, which eliminated the need for the helpers which are the focus of the first show. The videographer had the cooperation of the Canadian Pacific and has shots onboard the trains, trackside, and even good helicopter footage, which includes both entrances to the new tunnel with trains. Good narration describes what you are seeing and maps help you understand where you are. In addition we see the remote and famous trestles in the videos such as Stony Creek Trestle. For the person that likes mountain railroading in remote regions this is a good show. All aspects are covered from riding the tops of engines, to helicopter views.