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Railway trestle embankment construction

Item consists of a motion picture film which chronologically documents the construction of an embankment built to support a set of wooden railway trestles. The embankment was constructed by S.S. Magoffin and Company Railway Contractors for Canadian National Railways in what appears to be an area near Mt. Robson.

Progress on the construction is seen over time. Special attention throughout is paid to the machinery, which includes a 70 tonne Bucyrus steam shovel on caterpillar tracks, with substantial footage of scooping and dumping earth and other parts in action, and a small steam locomotive pushing rail carts. There are many shots of the workmen, the surrounding environment, and the work camp, as well as footage of workers recovering from storm damage including rockslides on tracks, flooding, and a steam shovel knocked over and buried in dirt, badly damaged.

Magoffin, Samuel S.

This is Manitoba Sugar

Item is an industrial film produced for the Manitoba Beet Growers Association and the Manitoba Sugar Company Limited. The film documents the sugar beet farming process in Manitoba, its harvest, transport, sugar processing and manufacturing. Focus is given to farming technology, the various extraction stages in the sugar factory, and the many uses for sugar in diets and the food industry. Photography by M.J. Sym and D. Campbell.

6 seed per meter

Item is a film documenting beet seed sowing equipment as six seeds per meter are planted into the soil. The film shows a monozentra precision drill sowing a naked chalked seed, followed by a palm precision drill sowing a naked chalked seed, then a monozentra precision drill sowing a pelleted seed and finally a palm precision drill sowing a pelleted seed. Film shows the process in both slow motion and at standard speed.

Sunshine to sugar : The story of beet sugar

Item is an industrial film presented by the Canadian Sugar Factories Company. The film documents the agricultural process of beet plantation and sugar beet extraction and manufacturing processes. Locations appear to be at farms in BC, and at a sugar factory in Alberta. Individuals involved include: Rod Parkhurst (camera), Rick Allen (lighting), Lou Williams (lighting), Paul Abram (grip), A.L. Lazenby (script), Al Jordan (narration), Tom Ashdown (animation) and Lloyd Strump (producer/director). Original reel also contains 59 seconds of "Summer sunshine for winter menus" at beginning of reel.

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