From Squamish to Alta Lake on the Pacific Great Eastern Railway (mid-1940s)

This clip is an excerpt from Rails to Romance, a promotional film produced for the Pacific Great Eastern Railway by the BC Government Travel Bureau in 1945-47.  At that time, the PGE tracks ran between Squamish and Quesnel, linking with Vancouver via Union Steamship and railcar barges.  Rails to Romance is a mix of industrial film (about the railway and its importance to central B.C.) and travelogue (depicting the scenery and attractions of the regions through which the line passes).

In this excerpt, we follow a northbound steam train carrying freight and passengers from the docks and station at Squamish.  Passing through Cheakamus Canyon, passengers enjoy the scenery from an open-topped observation car.  The train stops at Rainbow station (between Garibaldi and Pemberton), where the attractions of Rainbow Lodge resort and Alta Lake are highlighted.

To see an archival description of Rails to Romance, click here.

PGE passengers in open-topped observation car at Cheakamus Canyon. (video frame grab from “Rails to Romance”)

 

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