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Posted by Sara T on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 10:01 PM

Here I found something funny, a film with a train but not a train film:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsgJC6brhgc

Mr Bean on the train, scene 4 1/2 min

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEgYTVOJE50

Mr Bean on a TGV, 9 min

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Posted by 54light15 on Thursday, April 8, 2021 7:11 PM

Sara T- that is exactly the point of this thread- films with trains but not train films.  Pictures like Runaway Train, The Train, The Lady Vanishes great as they are, are not really what I was after when I started this thread. Thanks for posting those! 

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Posted by rixflix on Thursday, April 8, 2021 9:28 PM

There is so much in "Black Orpheus" to marvel at. Rio, Carnival, music, samba, the favela,  and of course the tragic story. But Orfeu is a streetcar motorman and the rides are wonderfully charming. A magical film.

Rick  

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Posted by rixflix on Thursday, April 8, 2021 9:50 PM

"Closely Watched Trains" is a film that should qualify despite it's railfan-magnetic title.

I couldn't watch either "Trainspotters" or "Track 29" to their termini. 

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Posted by Overmod on Friday, April 9, 2021 12:55 AM

Some fun rail action in the Roger Moore Bond film Octopussy.

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Posted by M636C on Friday, April 9, 2021 5:33 AM

Overmod

Some fun rail action in the Roger Moore Bond film Octopussy.

 

The rail scenes were filmed on the Nene Valley Railway in the UK with a Swedish locomotive standing in for the "East German" locomotive on the circus train. But good fun...

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Posted by M636C on Friday, April 9, 2021 5:49 AM

While not really a movie and with a train as a central object, the TV series "Day of the Roses" is set in a Coroner's investigation of a very serious rail accident in Australia in 1977.

The Day Of The Roses-Granville Train crash (FULL FILM) - Bing video

There is a "trailer" which you can watch to see if you might be interested. 

DAY OF THE ROSES TRAILER - Bing video

What is interesting is that a complete reproduction set in full scale using real rail vehicles was built in a supermarket parking lot (presumably on a slow couple of weeks for sales) and the bridge collapse on the train was reproduced (seen in the trailer).

The emphasis on local politics may be a little tiring. The main train scenes start 50 minutes or so into the full movie and were filmed at the actual locations for the whole journey using a preserved locomotive of the correct class. Interiors were filmed in the correct type of passenger car.

There are gaps in the original tape to allow TV advertising to be inserted which need to be skipped over.

But an interesting examination of rail safety failures.

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Posted by rixflix on Friday, April 9, 2021 12:03 PM

Buster Keaton's "Our Hospitality" has possibly the wackiest railroading ever filmed.

Also try "Railroading with Our Gang" on Youtube for footage that hopefully never went to distribution. Playing with 1:1 trains can shorten your life kids!

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Posted by Overmod on Friday, April 9, 2021 12:47 PM

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Buster Keaton's "Our Hospitality" has possibly the wackiest railroading ever filmed.

Wackier than 'The Railrodder'???

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Posted by rixflix on Friday, April 9, 2021 1:26 PM

Overmod

A pair of bookends with only "The General" in between for Keaton's railroad trilogy.

Rick 

 
rixflix
Buster Keaton's "Our Hospitality" has possibly the wackiest railroading ever filmed.

 

Wackier than 'The Railrodder'???

 

 

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Posted by Overmod on Friday, April 9, 2021 1:56 PM

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Also try "Railroading with Our Gang" on Youtube for footage that hopefully never went to distribution. Playing with 1:1 trains can shorten your life kids!

But you have to admit there is no argument whatsoever that they built the coolest play train in the history of movies.  And it ran!  It's tough to top Professor Grampy in "Christmas Comes But Once A Year" -- but they did it!

That said, I find I don't appreciate Buckwheat any more, much less with the old 'white with fright' trope.  And I myself can't stop reacting every time the locomotive runs over... whether that scene was filmed live, or with a double, or not.  It just isn't amusing, even once -- and they do it far more than once.

I do get the impression that episode was done along the same lines as the epic "Play Safe" cartoon, to impress some of the dangers of railroading.  Reminds me a bit of that detail in Hazards of Helen where they note the engine is running away with the oil feed and the injector both on, so it won't stop before it reaches disaster...

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Posted by doctorwayne on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 12:59 AM

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...I find I don't appreciate Buckwheat any more...

You are aware, I take it, that Buckwheat converted to Islam, changing his name to Kareem of Wheat?

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Posted by Sara T on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 1:08 AM

Take care Helmut, you too. And I will tell her.

S. T.

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