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Posted by M636C on Sunday, April 3, 2022 7:56 AM

I may have mentioned this one before...

A 1935 movie called "The Phantom Light" about a scheme to wreck ships by faking lighthouse lights in bad weather...

It starts with a journey on the Talyllyn railway behind a double Fairlie, including a woman in full Welsh traditional dress including hat changing the "staff" for the electric staff safeworking system. In the movie, she only speaks Welsh.

The sequence is only three minutes right at the start of the movie and is worth watching for the atmosphere of the line before preservation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVfqTJZi4AU

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Posted by 54light15 on Sunday, April 3, 2022 9:51 AM

I'm going to have to watch that film- fascinating-never seen a Double Fairlie in action before. Note the Model T Ford truck, they were built in the U.K. 

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Posted by M636C on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 8:01 AM

I started watching a 1931 movie "Mystery Train" starring Hedda Hopper, who I had only previously heard of as reporter on Hollywood activities. Fairly early on there was a nighttime train derailment. The real train shots were of a Southern Pacific Mountain type with a fairly crude model derailing. I found the actual movie tedious, so I scanned through for any further train sequences.

Around 58 minutes in there was a sequence where the sleeper-observation was detached by two criminals intent on stealing jewels from a passenger in that car.

Naturally the Westinghouse brakes didn't operate on either the car or the rest of the train (nor did the hand brakes later in the movie). There is a sequence around 59 minutes that shows the car being uncoupled from a moving train, which appears to be a real train. There is movement in the trees in that scene, which judging from other model sequences suggest that was real. There are a couple of further sequences of the observation running away down grade that look real (if speeded up for effect).

Around 1 hour there is a scene, obviously a model, showing the observation switched into a spur line seconds before being hit by a following train.

I can't see that they would use really good models and really poor models in the same movie.

Anyway, I recommend that anyone interested selectively watch the train sequences.

In one of the real train passing shots, the cast lettering reading "Southern Pacific Lines" can be seen on the side of the Vanderbilt tender. These views seem to have been photographed on steep, curved lines, possibly Chatsworth Rocks or possibly Cajon Pass.

But I can't recommend watching the movie.

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Posted by pennytrains on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 6:49 PM

I'm not going back to see if it was mentioned already, but I just saw the chase scene from the French Connection today with Gene Hackman trying to chase down the El to get the bad guy on the train!  Fantastic!

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Posted by Overmod on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 6:55 PM

First NDG, and now my favorite Plantagenet!

Strange you should mention this: I tuned in to watch that scene last Saturday!

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Posted by rixflix on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 8:20 PM

Despite it's title "Closely Watched Trains" neatly fits this thread's intent. A personal favorite.

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Posted by 54light15 on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 9:35 PM

I watched "Closely Watched Trains" I wanted to like it, but it was so boring! 

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Posted by rixflix on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 6:31 AM

It's the subtle, often cockeyed (unless you're a Czech) humor that brings me back to the film. Now Jerry Lewis, Adam Sandler and Jim Carrey are actors I could cheerfully strangle. I even keep people who like them at a distance.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 3:49 PM

slightly off topic.  There is a train station that is often used in TV shows. Just saw a Blue Boods episode that used this station many scenes.  It appears to me that it is Hartford's train station.  It has high ceilings which eliminates most east coast stations.  Anyone recognize it?

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Posted by 54light15 on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 4:28 PM

It could be the Yonkers station. It was used in Boardwalk Empire. 

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 5:47 PM

Adam Sandler and Jim Carrey are pretty good when they're not playing Adam Sandler and Jim Carrey.

Jerry Lewis is dead now so it doesn't matter.

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Posted by pennytrains on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 6:44 PM

I'll take Harpo, Chico, Zeppo and Groucho over almost anybody.  CowboyChefCaptainDunce

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 6:55 PM

pennytrains

I'll take Harpo, Chico, Zeppo and Groucho over almost anybody.  CowboyChefCaptainDunce

 

Or Stan and Ollie!  

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Posted by pennytrains on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 7:06 PM

Them too!  Big Smile

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Posted by BaltACD on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 7:50 PM

Flintlock76
 
pennytrains

I'll take Harpo, Chico, Zeppo and Groucho over almost anybody.  CowboyChefCaptainDunce 

Or Stan and Ollie!  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWBi-1y6uO8

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Posted by 54light15 on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 11:27 PM

Or the three wise men: Moses, Lawrence and Jerome. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fIRtr8dFX0 

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Posted by ORNHOO on Saturday, June 11, 2022 11:24 PM

Not a movie, but...

Recently I have been viewing episides of "Twelve O'Clock High" on YouTube. In this episode General Savage spends more screen time on and around the train to Inverness than in the "Picadilly Lily":https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDCbV_u3ZK4

 

 

 

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Posted by Gramp on Monday, June 13, 2022 6:19 PM

Saw "The Ladykillers" (1955) on public TV last night. Peter Sellers and Alec Guiness when they were young. Really neat UK steam played an intergral role in the film. 
https://i.pinimg.com/originals/d5/28/25/d52825c465b8b91cf3139f9f1d0bb808.jpg

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Posted by M636C on Thursday, June 16, 2022 8:17 PM

Gramp

Saw "The Ladykillers" (1955) on public TV last night. Peter Sellers and Alec Guiness when they were young. Really neat UK steam played an intergral role in the film. 
https://i.pinimg.com/originals/d5/28/25/d52825c465b8b91cf3139f9f1d0bb808.jpg

 

Not to act as a spoiler to the movie but the locomotive hauling the empty steel four wheel open wagons that play an important part in the story was a class V2 2-6-2.

https://www.lner.info/locos/V/v2.php

It is possible that multiple scenes with these wagons were filmed with the one train. The V2 is visible in one of the later scenes.

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Posted by azrail on Monday, June 20, 2022 12:13 AM

This year is the 50th anniversary of the release of the Steve McQueen movie "Junior Bonner". It was filmed July 1971 in the Prescott (AZ) area..including a scene at the Santa Fe station just north of Downtown Prescott. Apparently, they hire a Santa Fe crew to move a train back and forth while doing the filming.

At that time Prescott was the end of a branch off of the Phoenix subdivision (before 1962 it was a major point on the Phoenix line, with an engine house to service the helpers going west over the mountin range). The locals servicing the Clarkdale branch and the Iron King branch were based there until the mid-late 70s)

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Posted by 54light15 on Monday, June 20, 2022 10:22 AM

I've never been to a rodeo but Junior Bonner showed just how dangerous it is. It was interesting in how it showed them preparing their equipment and I can only imagine that they researched just what a cowboy does to make the picture credible. 

I have a scene of "The Ladykillers" on my layout. The area is based on the tracks going into King's Cross and just above a tunnel entrance is Mrs. Wilberforces's house and in front of it are the "musicians" walking toward it. Next to the tunnel entrance is a semaphore signal and just below that is a platform where a figure painted to look like Professor Marcus is standing. The semaphore wing doesn't exactly hit him, but it comes close. 

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