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Via Fs in the Rockies DVD Greg Scholl
 3.5 of 5 (2)

Via Fs in the Rockies DVD Greg Scholl Greg Scholl Video Productions VIAF
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Via F's In The Rockies is loaded with great scenery in Western Canada, and includes scenes of the "Canadian" on the original route over the Canadian Pacific which includes the Kicking Horse Pass. You will follow two runs of the Canadian between Field and the Bow Valley in the spring of 1986 with Via Rail FP9's in charge. Usual power was 1 A-Unit and 2 B-Units on this train. The 50's era coaches and dome cars are classic with these old F-units. Next we move to Jasper and the Canadian National trackage. Here we spend several days and see the "Super Continental" which operated over this route, as well as the "Skeena" which was combined with the Super Continental between Jasper and Edmonton, as the two trains were literally coupled together with an F-Unit in the consist behind the Super Continental. After spending many days in the Jasper area we head back to the CPR and see some scenes in the Fraser Canyon area before heading back to Kicking Horse Pass. We follow Ex-CPR #6557 over the Pass for one of its last journeys. In 1986 this video had very limited narration, and now it is more informative, and includes the disposition of most of the units you see in the video. There is also information on the 2 Spiral Tunnels which are as famous as the "Canadian" that no longer runs over this CPR trackage. Today the "Canadian" operates through Jasper, replacing the Super Continental. This video is now quite historic, and the scenery is not too shabby either.

DVD is factory pressed so it will play on all machines, with chapter menus, and bonus footage.

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Runtime:1 Hour, 00 Mins ($0.30/min)
Producer:Greg Scholl Video Productions
Aspect Ratio:Full Screen
Shrink Wrapped?:Yes
Disc Type:DVD
Region Code:0 Worldwide NTSC
Via Fs in the Rockies DVD Greg Scholl
rrvideoman on 2008-11-15 10:56:36.

People who found this review helpful: 4

  •  3 of 5

Once the pride of the VIA Rail Canada roster, the F7's were to be replaced eventually with the more modern F40's. In this video, we see some of the final days of VIA's F7's in the Canadian Rockies. The content is good, as we witness many locations in some very scenic places like the Spiral Tunnels, Kicking Horse Pass, Jasper, and Yellowhead Pass, etc... Couple things of note however: The time frame is in the mid 80's and the image quality could have been better. And the video starts on the CPR in Kicking Horse Pass, then north to the CNR to Yellowhead Pass, and returns to the CPR near Kicking Horse Pass. Personally, I questioned the reason for this with the jumping back and forth. These are 2 great regions for rail fanning, and a video of each Pass equal in length would be of great interest to passenger rail fans. Not a bad purchase, but a touch expensive for the content.

Additional remarks by rrvideoman:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: A little rough around the edges.
DVD Value:: Fair.
Recommend to others? Yes.

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Via Fs in the Rockies DVD Greg Scholl
Steamboy (Revere MA US) on 2016-08-17 13:36:21.

People who found this review helpful: 1

  •  4 of 5

Alongside the scenery, the early diesels, & the animals, there is also bonus action of various CP freights which are not used in the original 1986 edit.

Additional remarks by Steamboy:
Narration: Could have used more.
Would kids enjoy this? Yes.
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value:: Fair.
Recommend to others? Definitely.

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