Want to see Revelstoke — and winter railroading — as it was? Click here

Railroaders from the 1950s are the subject of an interesting and probably now-rarely-seen Natiional Film Board of Canada production about winter railroading in the mountains.

By David F. Rooney

My friend Laura Stovel told me I absolutely had to see this short little film on the National Film Board of Canada website called Railroaders. I’m glad I did.

Filmed in Revelstoke and along the CPR main line between Kamloops and Field this 1958 documentary by Guy L Coté shows us winter railroading — and Revelstoke — as it used to be back when this was still nothing more than a railroad and timber town.

The film shows the work of section hands, maintenance men, train crews and telegraph operators and will be of interest to anyone who remembers those days or values our history and heritage.

If you’ve got 23 minutes to spare go to http://www.nfb.ca/film/railroaders and click play. You won’t begrudge the time spent watching this short film.