The Legendary Canadian had its inaugural run on April 24, 1955 and since the introduction of this classic stainless steel train, it has been in a class of its own. Even today these coaches are still in operation for VIA Rail, using the same cars that were originally ordered for Canadian Pacific. The DVD has two main segments (and a bonus!): The first segment is a 20 minute show made by CP as a publicity film when the train first ran in 1955. Go on a trip across the country in the new train. You’ll be onboard and trackside as the train travels west toward Vancouver.
The second main segment on the DVD is a film titled “Working Number 1” which gives you a behind the scenes look at the people and efforts necessary to keep the “Canadian” going under VIA Rail ownership. You will see the shops, in the station, trackside, and aboard the train, prior to and during much of No. 1’s first leg from Toronto to Capreol. This includes all aspects of the onboard train jobs. You’ll also see views from the engine cab. This was shot and mastered on broadcast video equipment and with great production equipment. As a bonus, there is the short film “The New Budd Train” which is a newsreel program with trackside, aerial, and onboard film footage showing the “Canadian” being tested behind Reading F-units in the Philadelphia area. If you like train travel, and the “CANADIAN” is probably north America’s BEST train, then you will want to get “The Legendary Canadian”