About the Film

Join the crew of a giant freight train for an eye-popping, music-infused journey across America. Giant diesels, spectacular terrain, tens of thousands of miles of track—and millions of pounds of freight that can’t wait.

Created by the director of the celebrated IMAX® Experience Rocky Mountain Express and his team, Train Time is captured on 15/70mm motion picture film, the world’s largest film format for exhibition in IMAX® and other giant screen theaters.

To deliver the cargo, Train Time propels audiences through the rugged beauty and vastness of the American landscape, revealing the brutal challenges of railroading, as well as secrets of the art and science of running the greatest trains. Weaving together present-tech and racing steam locomotives, grit, glamour and glorious landscapes, Train Time immerses viewers in a grand tapestry of American railroading.

Climb aboard for the biggest adventure on wheels.

In Theaters starting September 2022



In Theaters starting September 2022

Where to see Train Time

Climb Aboard! Train Time has launched and is opening progressively in IMAX® theaters and other giant screen theaters theaters across North America and internationally. Below are links to current exhibiting theaters. Actual schedules may vary – check your local theater for exact dates and showtimes.



Galveston, TX—Moody Gardens; from November 19, 2022—

Hartford, CT—Connecticut Science Center;
from November 2022—

Hastings, NE—Hastings Museum; from September 2023—

Kansas City, MO—Union Station, Kansas City MO; from September 3, 2022—

Pittsburgh, PA—Carnegie Science Center;  from September 3, 2022—

San Diego, California—Fleet Science Center; from November 17, 2022—

Sioux Falls, SD—Washington Pavilion/Kirby Science Discovery Center, Wells Fargo Cine-Dome; from September 30, 2022—

Coming soon to a theater near you.


Edmonton, AB—TELUS World of Science

Victoria, BC — IMAX Victoria at the Royal BC Museum; from September, 2022—

Coming soon to a theater near you.



In the Media

Sample media coverage from the launch of Train Time at Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh as well as IMAX Victoria at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, BC., August 29, 2022. Farewell summer: 10 September events for kids in Pittsburgh. The article highlights Train Time as the #1 activity for kids in Pittsburgh heading into autumn. (External link; opens in new window).



“The American premiere of a movie opening in the Rangos Giant Cinema at the Carnegie Science Center visits the surprising intricacies of the modern railroad. Train Time mesmerizes with freight trains whisking through breathtaking landscapes. But the behind-the-scenes aspect of STEM careers available throughout the railroad industry is fascinating. Railroads continue to be an integral part of American life and Train Time provides an eye-opening glimpse into the roles of dispatchers, road masters, engineers and conductors.”  (Excerpt)

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Aug 29, 2022, by Joshua Axelrod / Carnegie Science Center hosting U.S. premiere of new Imax documentary ‘Train Time’. (Note that this article was syndicated nationally (AP) and carried in the Hastings Tribune, and etc.)

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“It’s just an honor to be able to run a U.S. premiere from this theater,” said Marcus Harshaw, senior director of museum experiences. “I think that’s a feather in our cap at the Science Center and at the Rangos Cinema. We’re really putting Pittsburgh on the map as a place where you can run these kind of premieres and the audience will come out and support.”

“For Harshaw, ‘Train Time’ fits in perfectly with the sort of films he seeks for extended runs in the Science Center’s Rangos Giant Cinema. He loves how it both highlights STEM-related jobs available to railroad enthusiasts and ties into a permanent Science Center exhibit like its miniature railroad.”

“Railroading is a fairly secretive world” (observes filmmaker Stephen Low). “BNSF has kindly thrown the doors open and let us film the intimacy of railroading. It’s really a unique perspective because of that access. You’re going to see railroading like you’ve never seen it before.” (Excerpts)

Pittsburgh Magazine, Sept 1, 2022, by Sean Collier / All Aboard a New IMAX Feature — and a U.S. Premiere — at the Carnegie Science Center. (External link; opens in new window).


“We are ecstatic to introduce a film to our guests that reveals diverse STEM careers not always talked about or known,” said Jason Brown, the president of Carnegie Science Center, in a statement. “The film immerses guests in a grand tapestry of railroading, which is a perfect pairing of art and science.” (Excerpt), Sept 2, 2022. 5 things to do in Pittsburgh this weekend: Sept. 2-5. (External link; opens in new window).


“…showcases the heritage and the evolving role of railroading, along with a Black female train conductor in an industry that is perceived to be dominated by men. It highlights the beauty, vastness and diversity of the American landscape and how railroads remain a backbone of modern civilization while adapting to meet the challenges of the environment. (Excerpt), September 2, 2022.  ‘Train Time’ is the Newest Featured Short Film at the Royal BC Museums IMAX Victoria. (External link; opens in new window).

“Director/Writer/Producer, Stephen Low shot the short film in 70mm IMAX film which will look amazing on western Canada’s largest screen at six stories high and 81 feet wide.” (Excerpt)

Making the Film

Behind-the-scenes on Train Time

Train Time (working title) is a massive and unique effort that promises audiences a giant screen experience unlike anything yet seen. Filmed with railway cooperation, the giant screen documentary will offer up a remarkable behind-the-scenes and immersive ‘being-there’ perspective of railroading.

Principal photography for the Train Time project includes a wide range of onboard and trackside filming, yard operations and aerial shooting—including multiple seasons and regions.

Now complete, principal photography for the Train Time project began in mid-July of 2015 with 6 days (July 16-21, 2015) of aerial filming. Working with a gyrostabilized Spacecam-equipped helicopter, crew and director filmed 15/70 motion picture aerial views of train operations and spectacular western landscapes spanning from Los Angeles to Seattle. Shots included trains in California on the Cajon Pass, in Tehachapi and Central Valley as well as stunning views of trains passing at gorges near the Columbia River between The Dalles and Bend in Washington and Oregon states.

Major filming was undertaken beginning early June, 2016 with IMAX camera coverage of a 5,000+ mile journey by rail—from Kansas to Los Angeles, California, from L.A. to Seattle, WA and back through the Rockies and plains to Kansas City. Winter shooting was undertaken in Montana in February 2017 with coverage of storm conditions and snow removal operations. Additional aerial photography, control center operations and locomotive onboard photography was undertaken through early 2019.

Check out this article “Behind the Scenes of Stephen Low’s Train Time (opens pdf in new window) from the giant screen industry publication LF Examiner. The article features interviews by giant screen specialist Diane Carlson with Director/Producer Stephen Low.

The IMAX camera on a tripod.

The IMAX camera mounted at the head of a locomotive.

View from the camera helicopter
The Shoot. During our summer shoot in 2016, the team focused on covering locomotive operations and travel via dozens of specially-built mounting points on the locomotives. With a film production crew of a dozen and a revolving railroad crew of more than 50, the shoot aimed to secure great point-of-view footage from the train as it moved through mid-west and western states. “Safety is a key priority,” highlights filmmaker Stephen Low. “Operating and shooting on a railroad is extremely complex and cooperation from the railroad in helping to make this come together has been unprecedented.”
Trainset. The production team operated from four classic business cars pulled by two diesel locomotives. One car supported the camera and sound team, another served as sleeper for production crew members, while a dining and staff car and a generator car help sustain the whole operation. The rapid and relatively short (500-foot) train ran on mainline track, but had to be scheduled between regular freights—some more than a mile long.
Vistas and Vantages. A key to a great giant screen experience is getting the audience to places they wouldn’t normally be able to get to. Train Time promises some unique vistas and with camera positions all over the train, the vantages are unlike anything you can actually see from the road or even from the inside of a train.
Format The film “Train Time” is captured with the IMAX camera in full, glorious 15/70 motion picture negative supplemented with ultra-high fidelity digital capture. The finished film will be exhibited in IMAX and other giant screen theaters beginning in 2018.
The crew. For the major shooting effort, the railroad support crew for Train Time encompassed a locomotive engineer, mechanical rider, a business car operations manager, assistant managers, a road foreman, conductor and others.
To capture unique footage, the team worked over several weeks with revolving personnel to keep the train operating 24-hours a day. Some of the production crew lived aboard, while some stayed in accommodations along the way with a driver and van providing ongoing shuttle and support.
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