End of the Line

End of the Line


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This documentary short offers a nostalgic look at the steam locomotive as it passes from reality to history. In its heyday, the big smoke-belching steam engine seemed immortal. Now, powerful and efficient diesels are pushing the old coal-burning locomotives to the sidelines, and the lonely echo of their whistles may soon be a thing of the past.

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End of the Line, Terence Macartney-Filgate, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • director
    Terence Macartney-Filgate
  • producer
    Roman Kroitor
    Wolf Koenig
  • executive producer
    Tom Daly
  • photography
    Georges Dufaux
    Terence Macartney-Filgate
  • sound
    Frank Orban
    George Croll
  • editing
    Bruce Parsons
  • sound editing
    Kathleen Shannon
  • music
    Pete Seeger
    Sonny Terry

  • edgy4sst

    reminding me of the termination of the ontario northland railway 28/09/2012 by ex premier dalton mcguinty of ontario. onr still operates cochrane to moosonee. rail travel still the way to go. #slowdown #seetheland #meetthepeople #focusourenergies

    edgy4sst, 16 Dec 2012
  • CoryTheRaven

    A touching and excellent film! I'm only in my Thirties, but I never pass up a train if I can help it. Modern trains are fne and all, but I have to admit that they are not as much fun as steam. Riding the bullet train in Japan was about as romantic as riding an airplane. But riding the 2816 Empress through the Rockies and the Grand Canyon Railway's steam engine were genuine delights. A steam train feels more kinetic, like living thing both natural and mechanical. Electrical things are inert. They may be efficient and useful (I love my e-reader, pc and smartphone), but they don't move. Steam moves, breathes, and shudders like a primal, elemental creature beneath its carapace. And the steam train itself recalls a more elegant era of travel with all its gilded aesthetic richness.

    CoryTheRaven, 14 Feb 2012
  • locoman73c

    As an ex-Fireman and Driver on British Rail during the 50.60's this brought back fond memotiesof the stam era

    locoman73c, 22 Jan 2012
  • Kings001

    Opening scenes are at Turcot Yard, Montreal - site of today’s infamous highway interchange. The last 5 minutes show a hostler lighting a fire and getting steam up inside the Turcot roundhouse and the film finishes will trains westbound out of Montreal on the CPR ‘lakeshore’ line. An excellent documentary.

    Kings001, 16 Jan 2012