Director Stephen Low wanted to create a film that combined his love of the latest in high-fidelity cinematic technology and the older technology of steam locomotives. Rocky Mountain Express
is the fulfillment of that dream and the culmination of five years of planning, shooting and riding the rails. Low's star is Locomotive CPR 2816, "the Empress," a H1b Hudson-type locomotive built in 1930 in Montreal, completely rebuilt by the Canadian Pacific Railway and now running the rails again. Low filmed the locomotive running at 70 mph through the Canadian west with a host of IMAX cameras mounted in, on and out front of the train, as well as from overhead thanks to a helicopter. The result is a film that captures the glory of the steam age and some of the most rugged terrain in North America. Rocky Mountain Express
screens daily at the Saint Louis Science Center OMNIMAX (5050 Oakland Avenue; 314-289-4424 or www.slsc.org
) through Wednesday, December 31. Tickets are $8 to $9.
Nov. 8-26, 11 a.m., 2 & 4 p.m.; Nov. 28-Dec. 24, 11 a.m., 2 & 4 p.m.; Dec. 26-Feb. 12, 1 p.m., 2014