Railroaders

This is a short documentary about winter railroading in the Canadian Rockies and the men who keep the lines clear. The stretch between Revelstoke and Field, British Columbia, is a snow-choked threat to communications. The film shows the work of section hands, maintenance men, train crews and telegraph operators.

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  • Ralphc

    “As a young man I worked for two summer as a lowly groundman on survey parties along the railroad (CNR) . Took the gas chigger from Union Station in Toronto all the way north to Washago then to Parry Sound. Travelled many miles from coast toi coast for the company during construction of several microwave systems. When working as a groundman , we had bunk cars and lived in them all summer working between Parry Sound and Capreol. The sounds and smells of the soot from the engine are brought back by this film It is really entertaining and very real in the life of those railroaders. Thanks” — Ralphc, 13 Feb 2012

  • EdsUpUSA

    “I retired from the railroad in 2008 after 33 years. I was an Operator in Michigan in my early years, and I remember much of this stuff - including the snow! Wonderful film - an historical treasure. ” — EdsUpUSA, 10 Jan 2012

  • dafydd

    “A treasure that is truly inspirational and uplifting! The importance of Community and caring for each other is apparent key amongst these wonderful people. I applaud them all! I promise not to complain about the tough winters in Sweden after viewing this. Certainly I will be watching and enjoying again and again with joy and humility!” — dafydd, 1 Apr 2011

  • CNWFan

    “"Railroaders" is an outstanding comment on how railroading was. The procedures shown give a great feel for what it must have been to be a railroad man back in the day. I only hope that still exists in today's world.” — CNWFan, 23 Feb 2011

  • David_Snyder_Lumierist

    “Canada's life blood flowing from sea to sea, in silver steel threads ,carrying our Country's commercial greatness,, binding us together as one great nation under God. Thrilling to watch it all again and again!” — David_Snyder_Lumierist, 19 Feb 2011

  • Hoggerdave

    “ Though I'm railroading in the present this film brings back memories as my career really has bridged "era's" so to speak. There really was a certain romance about working for the railroad which has been lost in technology.” — Hoggerdave, 13 Feb 2011

  • glassdancer2003

    “Love this movie. I remember some of these men and was happy to see my uncle, the man switching the trains when they met at the siding. Very dedicated workers keeping a difficult section of track clear. ” — glassdancer2003, 4 Feb 2011

  • L55

    “Very enjoyable, Even though times have changed on the railroad many things stayed the same. As a rail your part of a family.” — L55, 1 Feb 2011

  • phoneman

    “This documentary is truly a treasure. The artistic filming provides an accurate view of how these dedicated workers used the technology of the time to get a difficult job done. It may be of special interest to present day communication workers.” — phoneman, 13 Jan 2011

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Film Credits

director
Guy L. Coté
script
Guy L. Coté
editing
Guy L. Coté
photography
John Spotton
sound
George Croll
sound editing
Stuart Baker
animation
Sidney Goldsmith
music
Robert Fleming

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