Kicking Horse Pass: Canadian Pacific's Laggan Sub

Kicking Horse Pass: Canadian Pacific's Laggan Sub
Kicking Horse Pass: Canadian Pacific's Laggan Sub
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The southern Canadian Rockies are a breathtaking spectacle shouldering the Continental Divide and boundary of British Columbia and Alberta, Canada. Topped with glaciers and surrounded by emerald lakes and rivers, their beauty is beyond pictures or words.  

For those who built the Canadian Pacific, these mountains were the ultimate obstacle to overcome. The route they chose was the difficult ascent over Kicking Horse Pass. Known to railroaders as "The Big Hill", Canadian Pacific trains have been climbing this grade since 1884 and it is still an amazing sight today!

Beginning at Field, BC, we follow the Laggan Sub east to Exshaw, Alberta. Watch trains battle the 2.2% grade above the Kicking Horse River, pass through the incredible Spiral Tunnels, and sprint along the bank of the scenic Bow River. See 10,000 foot stack trains, unit grain, potash, and mixed manifests. We also catch The Rocky Mountaineer, Canada's premiere passenger train. There's nothing like mountain railroading in the Canadian Rockies!

This program was shot in June, September, and October 2014.

1 hour 34 minutes
WIDESCREEN DVD NTSC No Region Code
May be viewed with or without narration.
Item code 020030D (DVD
Item code 020030B (Blu-ray)

 

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SD40-2 Number 5968 leads an eastbound ribbon rail train out of Field BC at the bottom of Kicking Horse Pass.
SD40-2 Number 5968 leads an eastbound ribbon rail train out of Field BC at the bottom of Kicking Horse Pass.

An eastbound empty grain train climbs through the Upper Spiral Tunnel Number 1 between Yoho and Partridge.
An eastbound empty grain train climbs through the Upper Spiral Tunnel Number 1 between Yoho and Partridge.

An eastbound manifest races around Morant’s Curve with the Continental Divide as a backdrop.
An eastbound manifest races around Morant’s Curve with the Continental Divide as a backdrop..

The westbound Rocky Mountaineer follows the course of the Bow River on its final run of the season.
The westbound Rocky Mountaineer follows the course of the Bow River on its final run of the season.

CP 8749 west waits near the Banff Depot for an eastbound while the snow covered mountains of western Alberta rise in the background.
CP 8749 west waits near the Banff Depot for an eastbound while the snow covered mountains of western Alberta rise in the background.

CP 8869 east leads a stack train through Canmore, Alberta.
CP 8869 east leads a stack train through Canmore, Alberta.

Eastbound Train 112 (Vancouver to Montreal) passes Gap Lake as it nears Exshaw, Alberta.
Eastbound Train 112 (Vancouver to Montreal) passes Gap Lake as it nears Exshaw, Alberta.

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