The item is a documentary film from 1930. It is a three-part film documenting the first agricultural demonstration train in B.C., sponsored by the CNR in conjunction with the Dominion and Provincial departments of Agriculture. The route followed was from Vancouver to the Okanagan, through the northern interior to Terrace, then back to Vancouver. The train left Vancouver on March 6, 1930 and returned on April 12,1930. "'Mr. H. Bowman, CNR Agricultural Representative for B.C., arranged 25 meetings with Farmer's Institutes. They showed their appreciation by turning out, men, women and children, 4,657 strong.'
Reel one: Kamloops, Tranquille Sanatorium. CNR Locomotive #2104, Lavington, Vernon, Armstrong, Falkland Station and gypsum mine, Birch Island, Foster Station, Mt. Robson, Croydon, McBride and Fort Fraser. At the stations, local residents gather about and wander through the train. Agriculture experts demonstrate various skills, chief among them seeming to be poultry killing and plucking, which is demonstrated in the open door of a freight car. Lots of school kids crowd around.
Reel two: Fort Fraser. Vanderhoof, poultry killing & plucking, Smithers, Telkwa, Houston, Hazelton, Woodstock, Skeena River seen from Cedarvale, Terrace, the terminus for the Agricultural train in the North. Many shots of staff and freight in the Terrace rail yards.
Reel three: Scenes between Fort Fraser and Vanderhoof, Vanderhoof and Prince George, Red Pass, snow plough in the mountains, Albreda Summit, Avola Station, train staff posing, Ashcroft, and staff members leaving the station after having disembarked in Chilliwack." (Colin Browne)