“Serving with distinction” : The Pacific Great Eastern Railway (mid-1940s)

This clip features two short excerpts from Rails to Romance, a promotional film/travelogue produced for the Pacific Great Eastern Railway in 1945-47 by the BC Government Travel Bureau.

The first excerpt highlights PGE maintenance operations, including behind-the-scenes aspects of the passenger service (such as stocking the dining car).  The second excerpt provides a glimpse of the freight operations, including the railcar barge service that links the Squamish terminus with Vancouver.   This barge link is also profiled in an earlier blog post; see this story on the NFB film Eye Witness no. 54, where the newsreel item “A Railroad Goes to Sea” starts at 6:56 in the video.  The barge journey was replaced by a train trip in 1956, when the PGE completed its rail line from North Vancouver to Squamish.

For additional excerpts from Rails to Romance, see these posts:

Meal service on a PGE dining car. (Video frame grab from “Rails to Romance”)

1 thought on ““Serving with distinction” : The Pacific Great Eastern Railway (mid-1940s)

  1. Pingback: From Vancouver to Squamish by Union Steamship (mid-1940s) | Seriously Moving Images

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