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Trans-Canada Express

Trans-Canada Express

| 9 min

This short documentary from the Canada Carries On series celebrates the contribution of Canada’s railroads to the war effort. The film includes a sequence from Buster Keaton's 1926 silent comedy The General, as well as a re-enactment of Lord Strathcona driving the final spike into the Canadian Pacific Railway Line.

  • director
    Stanley Hawes
  • producer
    Sydney Newman
  • camera
    Donald Fraser
  • narrator
    Lorne Greene
  • music
    Louis Applebaum


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Ages 12 to 15

Civics/Citizenship - Citizen Responsibilities
Family Studies/Home Economics - Feminism
History and Citizenship Education - Culture and Currents of Thought (1500-present)

Before viewing, study history of Canadian Pacific Railway Line. Why was its creation important to Canada as a nation? View film; study how use of the Railway has changed and/or declined over time. Examine alternate means of cargo/transport; evaluate efficiency and environmental impact. View other NFB films about Canada during WW2 and industries that were transformed by the war. Compare/contrast the films as propaganda. What purpose did this media serve?

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