This is a rare and wonderful color look at Canadian steam in the province of Manitoba, where some of the last steam ended its days in Canada. The DVD is divided into two parts, with Canadian National first, followed by Canadian Pacific. Photographer Newton Rossiter narrates the entire show and has plenty of insights regarding the engine classes and the places seen on the video. Generally most views are west of Winnipeg, including St. James Tower, Pacific Junction – and many others.
We see several of the 4-8-2’s including number 6000, and some of the 6060 series as well as other smaller types. On the Canadian Pacific side of things we see smaller classes, then the larger power such as 2-8-2’s, 4-6-2’s, 2-10-2’s, and 4-6-4’s. There is even one rare shot of number 3101 which was one of only two CPR 4-8-4’s ever built. There is a shot of the famous Royal Hudson number 2860 in passenger service which is a nice addition as well. Music and narration, and no fake train sounds as the original footage was shot on silent film. Rare historical footage that’s fun to watch.