Item AAAA2316 - [Pacific Great Eastern Railway inaugural run, August 1956]

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[Pacific Great Eastern Railway inaugural run, August 1956]

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  • 1956-08 (Creation)

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Special event coverage. Chronicles the August 28-30, 1956, inauguration of through-service on the Pacific Great Eastern Railway between North Vancouver and Prince George. Premier W.A.C. Bennett and other dignitaries ride the three inaugural trains, which are eagerly greeted by the residents of towns along the route. A rockslide at Mile 18 on Howe Sound delays the journey until a bulldozer clears the tracks. At Williams Lake station, a mock frontier lynching is staged for the entertainment of the premier and his party. Following footage of the arrival in Prince George, the film also shows progress on northward expansion of the PGE line (including bridge and grade construction), and ends with shots of oil rigs in the Peace River Region.

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A VHS reference copy is available for this item.

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Copyright Central British Columbia Railroad Preservation and Museum Society. No copies may be sold by the BC Archives.

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Content notes and history of this film in file F1987:16/001.

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Copying restricted by the donor. Video copies may be purchased from the Prince George Railway and Forestry Museum.

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Accession number(s): F1987:16

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producing agency/company: [creator unknown]

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