A dramatized documentary about the political and engineering struggle to build Canada's first trans-continental railway.
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Diana Barrington ...
 Lady Dufferin (2 episodes, 1974)
Lloyd Berry ...
 Foreman Miller (2 episodes, 1974)
Pierre Berton ...
 Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1974)
Susan Bird ...
 Mary Macdonald (2 episodes, 1974)
Vernon Chapman ...
 Richard Cartwright (2 episodes, 1974)
George Chow ...
 Chen (2 episodes, 1974)
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 Cornelius Van Horne (2 episodes, 1974)
Tim Crighton ...
 William Topley (2 episodes, 1974)
Joe Crowfoot ...
 Chief Crowfoot (2 episodes, 1974)
Neil Dainard ...
 Robert Rylatt (2 episodes, 1974)
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 Young Fraser (2 episodes, 1974)
James B. Douglas ...
 Major A.B. Rogers (2 episodes, 1974)
Gillie Fenwick ...
 Alexander Mackenzie (2 episodes, 1974)
Ted Follows ...
 Charles Tupper (2 episodes, 1974)
Pat Galloway ...
 Agnes Macdonald (2 episodes, 1974)
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 Walter Moberly (2 episodes, 1974)
Jim Henshaw ...
 Wilcox (2 episodes, 1974)
John Horton ...
 Lucius Seth Huntington (2 episodes, 1974)
William Hutt ...
 John A. Macdonald (2 episodes, 1974)
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 Carter (2 episodes, 1974)
Jean-Marie Lemieux ...
 Father Lacombe (2 episodes, 1974)
Don McManus ...
 General Lafayette Rosser (2 episodes, 1974)
Peter Mews ...
 John Henry Pope (2 episodes, 1974)
Barney O'Sullivan ...
 E.C. Gillette (2 episodes, 1974)
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 Edward Blake (2 episodes, 1974)
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 James Hill (2 episodes, 1974)
Claude Préfontaine ...
 Georges-Etienne Cartier (2 episodes, 1974)
Bill Reiter ...
 Andrew J. Haney (2 episodes, 1974)
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 Andrew Onderdonk (2 episodes, 1974)
David Schurmann ...
 J.H.E. Secretan (2 episodes, 1974)
Joseph Shaw ...
 George Stephen (2 episodes, 1974)
Henry Stamper ...
 Hugh Allan (2 episodes, 1974)
Tony Van Bridge ...
 Sir Sandford Fleming (2 episodes, 1974)
Sandy Webster ...
 Marcus Smith (2 episodes, 1974)
Jonathan Welsh ...
 Albert Rogers (2 episodes, 1974)
Richard Whelan ...
 George McMullen (2 episodes, 1974)
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 Lord Dufferin (2 episodes, 1974)
Philip Whyte ...
 Thomas Tate (2 episodes, 1974)
Chris Wiggins ...
 Donald Smith (2 episodes, 1974)
Leslie Yeo ...
 Priest (2 episodes, 1974)
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Canadian popular historian, Pierre Berton, recounts the story of one of the most challenging and important political and engineering projects in Canadian history, the building of the country's first trans-continental railway. Beginning as part of Prime Minister John A Macdonald's deal in 1871 to have British Columbia join Canada, the project seemed foolhardy for such a young nation. Indeed, many regarded the idea of building a railway spanning from Ontario to BC through the rocks of the Canadian Shield, swamps, prairies and mountain ranges without even a clear route or destination as impossible. This series follows the long struggle to realize Macdonald's National Dream through the initial surveying, the political scandals and infighting even as the colourful builders struggle to conquer the difficult geography in their construction of a railway that would help secure and define a nation. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@rogers.com>

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Excellent!!
21 March 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is a truly outstanding documentary production (extremely well-researched and filmed, with high-quality acting and narration). This 8-part mini-series was produced at a cost of 2 million CAD (a large sum in 1974), and the viewing audience when first aired, set a record for Canadian dramatic productions (Source Wikipedia).

To follow up on the comments of the previous reviewer (who was disappointed that they had been unable to find the series), I am happy to report that it IS possible to obtain a copy of this series on DVD. After much searching, I found that it can only be purchased directly from the Educational Services department of the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), although it is quite pricey (approximately 200CAD).

If you are a railway or history buff, you will definitely enjoy this epic story!


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