Rocky Mountain Express propels audiences on a steam train journey through the breathtaking vistas of the Canadian Rockies and relates the epic adventure of building the nation’s first transcontinental railway. It will open August 23 in the ATK IMAX.
The building of the Canadian Pacific Railway is an epic tale that begins in the 1880s and stretches over a century, with primary construction lasting from 1881 to 1885. Rocky Mountain Express highlights the aspects of the story that directly relate to the landscape the train is travelling through. The geography is illustrated by CGI maps and the history is told through dozens of black and white archival photographs.
Directed by Canadian filmmaker Stephen Low, it features the Canadian Pacific Railway’s restored 4-6-4 H1b Hudson steam locomotive 2816. Shooting began in 2006 and continued intermittently over the next five years, primarily on the main line between Calgary and Vancouver, with the cooperation of the Canadian Pacific Railroad. The film was shot in 15 perforation/70mm film, using a helicopter and gyro-stabilized camera mount as well as a variety of engine and train mounts.
Also, on August 9 we will begin our extended documentary schedule. Which means you will be able to enjoy Rocky Mountain Express or one of our other IMAX films all day long and into the evening hours!