Superior Railroading on DVD 4.5 of 5 (2)
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There is no more desolate place on the Canadian Pacific Railway Mainline that the section along the north shore of Lake Superior. Regardless of the season, rock cuts, sheer cliffs, tunnels and sharp curves make this area one challenging piece of railroading.
In this show you will go beyond trackside, as we ride the trains, see the dispatch center, ride in the roadmaster's hi-rail truck and even get an aerial look at one of the most remote areas during the harsh winter season. This is nonstop mainline action with a great variety of power including a few ALCOS which are seen as well as the normal SD40-2's.
A side note is that I personally viewed this North of Superior show many years ago when it first came out, and was impressed by the production then. When I had the opportunity to purchase Rail Innovations programs this was the one that I remembered seeing and got me interested in the idea of owning it and several others. The helicopter footage is quite nice in this Winter program as you glide over the lake looking north broadside at the train running through tunnels, along cliffs and over bridges. This is quite scenic indeed.
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Superior Railroading on DVD
rrvideoman on 2007-10-31 10:10:40.
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You drive on a main highway (# 17, the Trans Canada) for 100km (60 miles) in between small towns and see nothing but trees, hills, lakes and streams. Throw in the occassional bear and moose as well. One highway and one mainline railroad follow close to Lake Superior, and what spectacular sights you will see. Railroading at it's most difficult. This stretch of line was the most difficult in all Canada to build, even more difficult than through the Rocky Mountains.
Superior Railroading on DVD
Steamboy (Revere MA US) on 2019-02-16 19:14:26.
In north of Superior, the program starts with a bird�s eye view of the lake itself, as well as the trees and rocks. During the opening titles a 2 unit lash up led by engines 6037 and 6 motor alco 4725 enter one of the short tunnels of the line. Next an animated map of the line is included, followed by a look inside and out of mink tunnel. Plus a waterfall is shown as well as more tracks, and some workmen fixing the track. The town of Schreiber is included with a Bird�s eye view and the popular sign. A close look at the downtown district is shown, followed by a plaque of Canadian Pacific Chief Engineer Collingwood schreiber. Next a sign of the algoma subdivision is shown, followed by the control switches inside the station. From the Quebec border to Thunder Bay, CP is still operated by the Ontario traffic control center. As a female dispatcher is shown as well as the video display of the switch positions and track occupancy. Outside the station, there are 10 trains per day each way. The crew is waiting outside, as well as inside the offices. The train action resumes as 2 freights are shown: one with 5742 passing a waiting freight on the siding, the other with 5729 making a crew change point. An extreme close up of the freight wheels are shown, then a cab ride aboard 5729 is shown heading for white river. Next a 2 unit lash up makes a bend with 5676 and 5405 leading. At Jack fish, the cab ride is shown as 5729 enters and exits the tunnel, followed by a horseshoe curve showing the entire consist of the freight. Beyond Middleton, there is a steep rock bluff overlooking the lake, as well as crossing the bridge over the little pick river. From the top of the rocks, 5675 and 5405 is shown, followed by a 3 unit lash up making an S curve. Back in the cab, 5729 will be climbing Nayes hill. From the ground at Coldwell siding, 5676 and 5405 pass by the cameraman. At a different S curve the same freight with 5562, 5527, and 5522 pass by a lone boxcar. Next a different 2 unit lash up is shown this time with 5728 and 5631. Back in the cab, 5729 heads to mink tunnel first then comes Red sucker tunnel. Back at the dispatchers office, there is a rockslide between Middleton and coldwell. Out of Mink tunnel, another horseshoe curve is shown. Next a long string of empties led by 3038 and 3039 leaves the tunnel followed by the same scene from the opening of the program. Approaching red sucker tunnel, an eastbound pulls away from a slow order. We missed the identity of the first unit. But at least Middle unit 5597 is shown as well as 5511. Union Pacific has its own Steam engine number 5511 a 2-10-2 still on display at the Cheyenne shops, so seeing a CP 5511 is quite an unexpected surprise. Next a double unit with 5775 and 6 motor alco 4726 passes by Heron Bay. Next a fast freight is shown with 5792 and 5552. Back at schreiber, a 5 unit lash up is passing by the siding, followed by 6040 making a crew change point in the dark, then it leaves the yard. As rain is falling from the sky, 5907 makes its own crew change stop at the station. Morning came and a freight is flying west of schreiber. Next a 2 track siding is shown as 5688 is going to be parked there to let an inspection vehicle pass by. A look at the truck is shown at the yard, followed by a ride onboard, just like an everyday automobile, but it�s on iron rails. At cavers, the TIV short for track inspection vehicle it encounters rock cuts, rock shelves above the lake and 2 tunnels . It then passes by some workmen. More maintenance of way machines are shown as the driver of the TIV removes the railroad wheels, and then drives on a gravel road. At Red Rock, Canadian National power is shown as 5206 and 5013 arrives hauling boxcars. While the caboose leaves the yard, some switching chores are included as the brakeman throws the switches, then the short freight rolls backwards. This is being performed by 3038. 3038 is still doing some switching chores as it got its flashing rear end device removed as it is installed to the last car of the train. A cab ride aboard 3038 is included. At cama bay, a birds eye view is shown as a 3 unit lash up passes by the lake and the rocks. More cab ride action continues. Next a fast freight is shown with 5785, 5639, and 5575. Back at Cavers, a beautiful look at the lake and tunnels are included. In the cab again, the freight squeezes through the cut, then enters one of the tunnels down the line. A 2 camera comparison shows the cab ride in the smaller screen, followed by a 3 car local with 3038 leaving the tunnel. Another beautiful shot of the lake is shown, as in the next scene, 5901 and 5744 enters the cut. From the main front of the diesel, a look inside and out of the short tunnel is shown. More action continues as 5901 and 5744 leaves the cut, followed by 3038 inside it. Back in the cab, we pass by the workmen with a hot show followed by some curves at the rocks. A going away shot of a 3 unit lash up is shown at Rossport. Another similar shot is shown, this time it is after the triple track siding as the camera fades back to the cab ride. We arrive back in Schreiber. A couple up with 3065 is shown, the. 3085 makes a crew change stop. At sunset, a westbound leaves the siding. Next 3065 and 3085 make a meet with a freight in the opposite direction with 6041, and 5659. This concludes North of Superior. Like CP Rail�s Big alcos, this Ran for 35 minutes and it was released in 1992.