In this video, we are going to discover the rail transport (modeling) in Canada. We see some freight trains or goods trains and diesel-electric road-switcher locomotives near the Connaught Tunnel under the Selkirk Mountains in southeastern British Columbia, Canada. The first train is pulled by a Canadian Pacific Railway locomotive. The Canadian Pacific Railway, also known formerly as CP Rail, is a Canadian Class I railroad incorporated in 1881.
After the CP Rail train crossed the beautiful trestle bridge, we see a new train formation including two diesel locomotives double-heading the service. Thereafter we see a double headed freight train entering a railway bridge made of steel. That freight train is pulled by CP Rail and SOO locomotives. The Soo Line Railroad is the primary United States railroad subsidiary of the Canadian Pacific Railway. A little later we discover the same train at a level crossing or railroad crossing.
Finally we enjoy another freight train pulled by a Canadian National locomotive. Canadian National is also a Canadian Class I freight railway that serves Canada and the Midwestern and Southern United States. It is Canada’s largest railway, in terms of both revenue and the physical size of its rail network, spanning Canada from the Atlantic coast in Nova Scotia to the Pacific coast in British Columbia across about 20,400 route miles of track. The railway was formerly known as “Canadian National Railways” between 1919 and 1960. Today it is called “Canadian National” only.
By the way, in the United States, railroads are designated as Class I, II, or III, according to size criteria first established by the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) in 1911. Since the ICC was abolished in 1996, railroads have been governed by the Surface Transportation Board (STB). Initially, the ICC classed railroads by their annual gross revenue. Since dissolution of the ICC, the STB has become responsible for defining criteria for each railroad class. The bounds are typically redefined every several years to adjust for inflation and other factors.
The seven Class I freight railroad companies for U.S. rail freight activity are BNSF Railway Company, Kansas City Southern Railway Company, Union Pacific Railroad Company, Soo Line Railroad Company (Canadian Pacific), CSX Transportation, Norfolk Southern Railway Company and Grand Trunk Corporation (Canadian National). Canada has two Class I freight railroads, namely Canadian National and Canadian Pacific.
Although Pilentum Television has tried very hard to dub the authentic sounds during the post-production process, the main focus of the video is clearly on the perfectly weathered trains and locomotives. Read more on Pilentum’s websites: