Ottawa Video Production: Trains!
Ottawa video production: yes, that’s what we do. We may produce content for companies all over the world from Fortune 500s to small family businesses that need our unique touch. But at the end of the day, Ottawa is still our home. Not just the city, either — the Ottawa Valley contains some of the country’s most important pieces of history, and few companies can boast the kind of history as can our nation’s railroads.
Just A Little Bit Of History…
We decided to take that Ottawa video expertise. We’re taking our lenses out to tell you some of these stories. Smiths Falls, located about 45 minutes outside of Ottawa, is definitely what you might call a historic railway town. We took a little stroll and a few pictures. This’ll be an ongoing blog series that shows some of the various communities that people in Ottawa, and the surrounding areas, call home.
Railway buffs can tell you that Smiths Falls has a long history with the railroad. In fact, its first line, which still runs today, was opened in 1859. Originally known as the Brockville and Ottawa Railway Company — or B&O for short. In 1881, they was absorbed into Canadian Pacific, better known as CP Rail. They still operate the lines to this day. CN also had their own station. The railway museum is in that building now.
CP and CN both had passenger service as well as freight. By the 1980s both railway companies began to specialize in freight and eventually turned passenger service over to what is now VIA Rail, Canada’s Amtrak.
CP owns the lines. VIA Rail leases their tracks. Their original Smiths Falls station was right next to the CP Rail Yard, was converted into an innovative theatre and entertainment hub: the aptly named Station Theatre. The VIA station itself moved further on down the line.
A picture is absolutely worth a thousand words. Looking for Ottawa video production? Contact us for a quote or call us at (613) 902-0134.