A new film pulls in Friday, Oct. 4, at the Tennessee Aquarium's Imax Theater, 201 Chestnut St. "Rocky Mountain Express" takes audiences on a steam train journey through the Canadian Rockies to relate the epic adventure of building the nation's first transcontinental railway.
The completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway 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. Spanning thousands of miles and some of the world's greatest natural barriers, this grand transcontinental project and its wandering ribbon of steel drew together far-flung communities isolated in the wilderness, shaped a new nation and changed the face of the continent.
The 2-D film relives the alpine odyssey, weaving together Imax cinematography, archival photographs and maps, and the rhythms of a live steam locomotive as its rides along deep river canyons and over high mountain passes.
Today, Oct. 3, is the final day to view "Born To Be Wild" at the Imax. Two other 3-D films, "Great White Shark" and "Flight of the Butterflies," will share the schedule with "Rocky Mountain Express" through Nov. 28.
For more information, visit www.tnaqua.org or call 800-262-0695.