This is a subject of but small importance; and I know not whether it will interest any readers, but it has interested me.

CN Turbo Train Part 2, part 3, 1970 Film‬.

Canada Off the Rails: You know the story of the Avro Arrow, now discover how Canada fell from leader to laggard in another cutting edge, vastly profitable, global industry where Canadians held a strong lead, until this Canadian homegrown industry was derailed; high-speed derailed… learn how Canada allowed a nationally significant, unique and specialized business to fall apart and ultimately cause large investments to be for naught, not through a failure of a technology, rather, by absolute failure of political courage, will and imagination.

CN Turbo Train – “3:59” – The Lost Film

(the high speed rail flickr pool is recommended viewing).
Top Gear Trains, part one
Top Gear Trains, part two

The Turbo was capable of speeds approaching those of today’s fastest passenger trains. In December of 1967, a three-car Turbo set the world record for rail travel on a New Jersey test track, reaching 275 kilometres per hour. At that rate, the trip between downtown Toronto and downtown Montreal would have taken two hours — less than the time it takes to fly, once ground travel to and from the airports is factored in.

But CN’s Turbo never travelled at anywhere near that speed, because the company operated it over the same tracks on which it ran its other trains. Its speed was therefore limited by relatively tight turns, and, as its maiden voyage so graphically illustrated, the need to slow down at road crossings. Instead, the train topped out at around 160 kilometres per hour, and the Toronto-Montreal journey took four long hours. Given that the drive can be done in five, the TurboTrain had little chance of commercial success.

France, by comparison, was at the time following Japan’s example. Its TGV lines featured welded rails, wider curves, no road crossings, and continuous fences that prevented trespassing by animals or people, and served as noise barriers in residential areas. Since it launched, the TGV has brought French cities much closer together: the trip from Paris to Lyon — a journey just 70 kilometres shorter than the one between Toronto and Montreal — now takes less than two hours.

Canada’s political and business leaders during the ’70s responded to the unprofitability of rail travel by making matters worse. Rather than investing in separate tracks to allow for the kind of rapid rail that might have attracted new riders, CN, then a Crown corporation, sought to divest itself of all passenger operations. The decline of passenger service became an election issue in 1974, when Pierre Trudeau’s Liberals pledged to create a nationwide carrier similar to Amtrak in the US.

Soon after the Liberals returned to power, CN formed a new division with the bilingual name VIA. In 1976, the Trudeau government, which was hoping to consolidate VIA with the country’s other passenger services, promised to furnish the new carrier with a fleet of fast trains. These were of course never purchased, because it was the tracks, not the trains, that presented the real problem.

This is a short 1958 documentary about winter railroading in the Canadian Rockies and the men who keep the lines clear. The stretch between Revelstoke and Field, British Columbia, is a snow-choked threat to communications. The film shows the work of section hands, maintenance men, train crews and telegraph operators.

Snow Plowing

‪Strasburg Railroad: Plowing the Line‬

Arctic Trains

Documentary by the Association of American Railroads designed to eductate about the importance of freight and passenger trains on the U.S. economy

Central Pacific Railroad
Photographic History Museum

Playlists of interest:

Railroad Locomotives, Trains, and Other Related Items

Trains in fog

‪Railroad Home Movies‬

Freight Train playlist

Passenger Train playlist

Trains and Railroads

Railroads and Trains

Railways and Trains

Channels with a national or regional focus of interest:

Canadian train videos:

Chinese train videos:
PL- 中国 SL (China Steam).

PL- 中国 SL ナローゲージ (China Steam Narrow gauge).

PL- 中国 SL 集通鉄路 (China Steam Jitong Railway).

Photos and videos of trains mostly near Montreal.

CN & VIA Rail in the maritimes.

JJ’s channel is made up mostly of train videos from central Ontario. The local rails include Canadian Pacific, Canadian National, BCRY, VIA Rail, Ontario Northland and GO Transit to name a few.

This collection of videos is a tribute to the former railway, BC Rail, and its hardworking, friendly employees.

Wisconsin trains

Iron Ore Railways in The Pilbara
Videos of the iron ore trains in The Pilbara area of north Western Australia

AUSTRALIAN RAIL VIDEO’S AND PERFORMANCE CAR EVENTS.


Trains from Souh Australia and from other areas Also find other items of historical interest, old car, steam & Traction too.

Trains of India

Indian Railways Videos

British Trains.

Videos about railways in Japan

More videos about railways in Japan

The Bullet Train “NOZOMI” Part1 Hakata-Kokura‬

‪The Bullet Train “NOZOMI” Part2 Kokura-Hiroshima‬

‪The Bullet Train “NOZOMI” Part3 Hiroshima-Okayama‬

‪The Bullet Train “NOZOMI” Part4 Okayama-Shin Osaka‬

The Bullet Train “NOZOMI” Part5 Shin Osaka-Kyoto‬

‪The Bullet Train “NOZOMI” Part6 Nagoya-Hamamatsu‬

‪The Bullet Train “NOZOMI” Part7 Hamamatsu-Shin Yokohama‬

‪The Bullet Train “NOZOMI” Part8 Shin Yokohama-Tokyo (Final)‬

History, and historic film relating to trains:

Trains on fire – Pennsylvania Railroad 1955 – “What in Blazes” – Historic Trains in America
Santa Fe RailRoad “The Super Chief” – 1950’s Luxury Passenger Train in America
Association of American Railroads 1950’s train film – “Right of Way USA”

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