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Canadian Pacific’s Rogers Pass Combo: The Last Pushers & CP Rail Conquers Rogers Pass

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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.

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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.

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  1. 5 out of 5 Canadian Pacific's Rogers Pass

    When you talk Canadian Railroading in the Rockies, no other name is possibly as famous as Rogers Pass. Spectacular scenery, big bridges, long tunnels, and snow. Lots of snow. Throw in big, long trains and you get one fantastic show. The producers captures the final days of the Rogers pusher station, in the winter time. What a sight to witness long coal trains being split to allow multi units to slide in and assit the train over some very long hills. Stop at thye station and listen to the men chat as they wait for another assignment, then on they go again. Keeping the trains moving. Today, the pusher station is gone, but the producers have kept the memory alive with this excellent movie. Hats off to the video producers who braved the elements of winter and summer to bring us one of the greatest shows on earth. Rated as Excellent, a must for all rail fans.

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  2. 5 out of 5 Man vs. Nature - Who will win?

    Hands down, my favorite rail video. Nothing beats the drama of 12 SD40-2s in notch 8, barely hauling 112 cars of coal up a 2.2% grade. A great look into the operations both pre- and post-MacDonald tunnel, with great technical information about the construction of the new tunnel and viaduct.

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