“Via F’s In The Rockies” is loaded with the great scenery of Western Canada, and includes scenes of the famous “Canadian” on the original route over Canadian Pacific tracks which includes beautiful Kicking Horse Pass. You will follow two runs of the pre-cut-back Canadian between Field and the Bow Valley in the spring of 1986 with Via Rail FP9’s in charge. Usual power was 1 A-Unit and 2 B-Units on this train. The 50s era coaches and dome cars are classic with these old F-units. Next we move to Jasper and the Canadian National trackage. Here we spend several days and see the “Super Continental” which operated over this route, as well as the “Skeena” which was combined with the Super Continental between Jasper and Edmonton, as the two trains were literally coupled together with an F-Unit in the consist behind the Super Continental.
After spending many days in the Jasper area we head back to the CPR and see some scenes in the Fraser Canyon area before heading back to Kicking Horse Pass. We follow Ex-CPR #6557 over the Pass for one of its last journeys. Narration on this DVD release includes the disposition of most of the units you see in the video. There is also information on the 2 Spiral Tunnels which are as famous as the “Canadian” that no longer runs over this CPR trackage. Today the “Canadian” operates through Jasper, replacing the Super Continental. This video is now quite historic!