"Rocky Mountain Express" propels audiences on a present-day steam train journey through the breathtaking vistas of the Canadian Rockies and relates the extraordinary story of the building of the nation’s first transcontinental railway. Ride the rails along deep river canyons and over high mountain passes—discover some of the most beautiful and rugged landscapes on earth and join in the human drama and epic engineering that shaped a continent.
The completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) in 1885 ranks among the greatest engineering feats in history. The project drew on the labor and expertise of thousands from around the world, including a young American railway superintendent named William Cornelius Van Horne. Born and raised in the Chicago area (Frankfort and Joliet, Illinois)—Van Horne supervised the building of the CPR—the longest and most challenging railway on earth—and later rose to become President of the company and one of the greatest figures in Canadian history. On his death in 1915—Van Horne’s body was transported back to Joliet for burial in Oakwood Cemetery. The launch of "Rocky Mountain Express" brings new life to a remarkable North American railway legend.
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