Railroads In The Movies, Part II

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Re: Railroads In The Movies, Part II

Postby n2xjk » Tue Aug 21, 2012 12:47 pm

I haven't seen The Bridge on the River Kwai mentioned here yet. One of my favorite movie classics. Actual train footage is brief, but sure makes an 'impact' at the climax of the movie.
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Re: Railroads In The Movies, Part II

Postby vingong » Sat Jun 22, 2013 7:38 am

I just came across this one, appears to be relatively new. "Big Easy Express" is a documentary about three bands, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Mumford &Sons, taking their tour on a train, from San Francisco to New Orleans. Sounds like a great idea!

http://www.bigeasyexpress.com/index.html
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The Yards

Postby Gilbert B Norman » Tue Jul 23, 2013 8:20 am

An 'Art Noir' (released at Cannes during Y2K) film with big name actors but otherwise 'low-bud' has authentic footage of New York subways taken in Queens. Additionally, there is both footage taken in an NYCTA heavy repair shop as well as LIRR Greenpoint yards.

Both the NYCTA and the LIRR took production credit; surprising since one scene depicts the murder of a uniformed TA employee.

A good film that is presently making rounds at various Starz channels.

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Re: The Yards

Postby 3rdrail » Wed Jul 24, 2013 10:57 am

Gilbert B Norman wrote:
Both the NYCTA and the LIRR took production credit; surprising since one scene depicts the murder of a uniformed TA employee.



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I wasn't so surprised about the murder as I was about the films apparent theme of corruption in shops, as advertised on the link's banner. Some institutions are very picky about what a film denotes, some are very not, although as far as NY is concerned, the TA would not allow one of my favorite movies, 1967's "The Incident" to allow even audio taping of subway sounds for the movie crew. I guess that even they have loosened up their standards.
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Strangers On A Train - What Was Missed?

Postby Gilbert B Norman » Sun Sep 01, 2013 2:53 pm

I was unable to find any rail footage value in this flick that was aired today on the Chicago PBS outlet; WttW.

Middletown CT on the New Haven was passed off as 'Metcalf' . Funny how the train arrived with a consist of New Haven 8200's yet one of the actors got off a set resembling somebody's heavyweight Coach.

Other rail footage, including Hitchcock's cameo, showed an interior of an SP 'Daylight' Obs - traveling NY-Wash.

All told, I couldn't even get into the plot - a waste of this retiree's (HAHA :-D :-D ) time.
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Re: Railroads In The Movies, Part II

Postby NoahDaBoa » Wed Mar 05, 2014 4:31 pm

Which Way Home

a documentary about unaccompanied, child immigrants from Central America taking Mexican freight trains to the border. At least half of the movie has shots of riding on top of freight trains :D
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Re: Railroads In The Movies, Part II

Postby 4400Washboard » Wed Mar 05, 2014 5:06 pm

Beginning of James Bond skyfall has an rr and the london tubes. Not sure if mentioned previously in this thread or not...

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Re: Railroads In The Movies, Part II

Postby Death Star » Mon Aug 11, 2014 6:16 pm

There wa a movie in the late 90's/early 2000s using BC Rail MLW widecabs and no, this is not Atomic Train I am thinking of, nor did the movie make use of Atomic Train footage. It is another movie. Saw a clip of the derailment scene in a movie train wreck compilation thing on YouTube. Does anyone know of the title I am thinking of? Seems like Hollywood liked to use BC Rail MLW widecabs in the late 90's for train wrecks.
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Re: Railroads In The Movies, Part II

Postby NoahDaBoa » Fri Sep 12, 2014 1:57 am

NoahDaBoa wrote:Which Way Home

a documentary about unaccompanied, child immigrants from Central America taking Mexican freight trains to the border. At least half of the movie has shots of riding on top of freight trains :D


There's also a great documentary called "Surfing Soweto" about South African train surfers and the subculture that they created in Soweto. There's some lame poetry and it's long, but it has some dare devil train surfing and the ending touches your heart a bit. The main character's nickname is Bitchnigga haha.
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Re: Railroads In The Movies, Part II

Postby stevej » Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:18 am

G'day,
Yes, Human Desire, staring Glenn Ford as an engineer caught in a love triangle, produced in 1954.
While the plot is a tad normal, the railroad sequences are of interest.
Though, some editorial licence is employed in some of the railroad sequences.
No credit is offered as to the actual railroad providing the equipment.
F units runbys spliced in with FA units.
One does wonder just why the lead FA unit is detached to run to the roundhouse leaving the train sitting on the platform with a B unit.
Probably to provide some railroad flavour.
And, yes some of the cab locomotive operation sequences are not quite correct.
Regardless, still an interesting move featuring railroad operations.
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Re: Railroads In The Movies, Part II

Postby stevej » Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:19 pm

G'day again,
Many people would have heard of the Buster Keaton films featuring railroads, The General and Railrodder, but I wonder how many have seen his Our Hospitality.
Filmed in 1923, the story line features a feud over an inheritance.
The train sequences for his journey to Trenton are superb Keaton humour.
The train depicted is the DeWitt Clinton however, the Rocket replica was used as motive power.
I presume that the Rocket would have been more famous.
Well worth viewing just for the railroad sequences and stunts.
Another black and white film that comes to mind is Union Station.
There are snippets from this film available at You Tube.
Sadly, I have not seen the full feature film for many years.
One of the best Aussie films featuring trains is A Steam Train Passes.
This 1970s film features steam locomotive 3801 of the NSWR.
Commencing from lighting up at Enfield roundhouse, most sequences were shot on the Central West of NSW.
The film definitely evokes the steam era lore of the NSWR.
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