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Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by roch, Jan 9, 2008.
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The movie North Country showed a few trains, including, a DMIR train, only one or two quick shots of trains, but hey it counts, and it was a good movie.
How about "The King of the North" about the hobos trying to take the full ride on the train in the '30s. Ernest Borgnine as the excessive force conductor and Lee Marvin as the seasoned hobo.
I don't remember the name of the movie, but there was a very memorable scene in it where a fraternity had kidnapped a collage student and his friends were trying to find him. They nabbed one of the frat brothers and were trying to get him to tell where the frat was holding him. They had a bag over his head and when they took it off it was night and they had tied him with his legs over one rail of track and there was a train coming. Either he told them or they would leave him to have the train run over him. The train was getting closer and the guy finally told them what they wanted to know. They said thanks and just walked away. Now the guy is freaking out because the train was almost on top of him and he couldn't get free in time. Just as the guy thinks he is going to die the train passes - on another track. They had tied him to an unused siding but at night he couldn't tell that. Gives me shivers just thinking about it.
A Disney Film, The Great Locomotive Chase. About the infamous Andrews raid.
Two more movies:
Riding on the front of the engine through Africa :thumb: in The Ghost and the Darkness.
Four kids running for their lives to get off of the trestle with a train coming in Stand By Me.
Thank you Pitchwife. Not only did I forget about this thread, I forgot about Stand By Me. Great movie. I will have to watch it tonight. To lazy to work on my layout any longer today.
Plus I am going to start ordering all of the above mentioned movies. :thumb:
The Ghost and the Darkness is a great movie. Just keep reminding yourself while watching it that this is a true story.
The James Bond movie, From Russia With Love, had some good European steam train scenes in it. And Golden Eye had a (Russian?) diesel train in it.
There is also an excellent, classic British movie called "The Railway Children" that is filled with Edwardian steam trains that was filmed at a preserved steam line.
Unbreakable. Bruce Willis is the sole survivor of a train wreck.
Hidalgo had a short scene on an Arabian train.
Jakob the Liar & Schindler's List, Life is Beautiful. Most any movie about the holocaust has a train in it.
Another great movie was O Brother, Where Art Thou? which featured a handcar.
A truly hideous fake body shell over another engine, since the train scenes weren't shot in Russia.
Were missing alot of old westerns that used the locomotives JW Boker, Genoa, and Reno. Also Gone with the wind. it had the great sien of the wounded laying around the Richmond railroad station. Also the old black and white version of KING KONG. Where he destories the elevated subway train. Their also was a move about the Russian revolution with a Armoured train in it. It was I think about a Russian princess Anistasia.Or maybe it was War and Peace toptrain1
Interesting -- I thought it looked kind of weird! Rob
The Darjeeling Limited had some Indian diesel train scenes in it that weren't bad. I didn't like this movie. I watched about a third to half of it on a flight to England in December. At least I got to see the train scenes -- I couldn't stand the movie so I turned it off! Rob
Dr. Zhivago? It has a number of RR scenes...as well as beautiful cinematography shot in Spain to depict the Urals.
The JW Bowker also portrayed the "Jupiter" in the Will Smith "Wild Wild West" remake, and on the TNT historical miniseries "Into the West."
I caught "The Train" on late-night cable the other day, and it is now pretty much my current favorite railroad film. Instead of just being a background prop, they spend a *lot* of time showing railroad operations: switching (from the towerman's perspective), coupling/uncoupling (using those crazy European hook & loop couplers with buffers), engineer/brakeman operations (one thing I noticed: they blow the whistle once before moving, whereas in the US it's normally twice) communications (in the form of stationmasters relaying orders via telephone) and maintenance of way (several trains derail, and there are scenes both of cranes clearing the tracks and crews repairing track) and even crossing guards (manually operated gates by an attendant in a trackside shanty.)
The film is set in France, and I assume that the locomotives are French (some great steam), the look is very distinctive (no headlights!) The armored German locomotive with the nose-mounted car with anti-aircraft guns and front-mounted cannon turret was particularly interesting. There are some great views at right-of-way, stations, and heavy shops/maintenance facilities and yards.
My wife just shook her head. Here I am glued to the TV watching a movie that's about trains AND World War II...you would have needed a crowbar to get my eyes off the set!
Trains AND WW2?!?! That is pure fantasy land! Someday I'll have a few WW2 themed modules both in Germany and in Britain.
JW Bowker was in Wild Wild West? I really need to see it then. I thought it was just the William Mason (B&O #25...an 1850's 4-4-0). There are some great clips of the William Mason on youtube. Great not in the usual sense, but great as in the sense that it is a more than 150yr old steam locomotive in operation. Decent sounding whistle too.
The station where they finally meet the 3:10 to Yuma would be perfect for the BAD Western. I'd like to try scratch-building one. Only problem is I can't find any pics of it online. I was hoping to find some production stills. Anybody got any ideas where I can get some reference pictures?
I've always liked the scene with the red painted steamer roaring by as the soldiers on the side of the track yell, "Strelnakov!"