It has been more than 125 years since the Last Spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven into the ground, instantly making trains the driving force behind the country's economy.

Now, with massive pipeline projects mired in controversy, the need to move crude oil to market could mean a big new boost to Canada's rail sector.

Chris Brown reports on a Vancouver businessman's plan to move bitumen 2,400 kilometres by rail from Alberta to a port in Alaska.