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: