Length: 90 minutes
Time Period: 2004
Locations: Alberta to British Columbia
Source: Peter Crook
Travel through scenic Canada via Canadian Pacific. Similar to other Highball titles as far as a rail tour style program. First rate cinematography. Many well known locations. Plenty of awesome scenery and assorted nature scenes to offer a nice overview of the route.
Canadian Rockies and Selkirk Mountains are the ranges traveled. Kicking Horse Pass is another spectacular location. Spiral tunnels, Rogers Pass and McDonald Tunnel are some more memorable sights.
Juan Aguirre is the narrator. Introductory chapter covers trains. Various train types and locomotives are reviewed in a style perfect for children. Railfans may cringe at the simplistic approach here. Stick with it, the program will quickly improve.
Peter Crook is quite adept with his camera. Expert zoom usage on some long telephotos. A definite flair with his own style. Multiple viewpoints that keep the action moving. Natural scenery and abundant wildlife are freely mixed into the journey. This sequence at McDonald Tunnel is a fine one.
Narrative settles into providing a historical based narration. The remainder of the show is adult level. The background music is present throughout this program. There are some train sounds, albeit on a limited basis. Soundtrack and a dry delivery on the narration does become tiresome.
A great selection of cab ride action from various parts along the route.
Tracks of the Beaver is another of Highball’s Canadian Adventure programs. Outstanding videography makes it and the series, worth a look. The presentation feels somewhat sterile. Something with the excessive background music, and a sense of detachment from the narrator. That being said, all elements are professional. A smooth production.
Hardcore railfans may find the focus can be a bit light on trains. There is a healthy supply of train action. The scenery and wildlife are also prevalent.
Canadian railfans will find this release a must have.
Rating: 4 Stars