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Posted by 54light15 on Thursday, December 15, 2022 10:22 PM

'The Hour of the Gun" from 1967 with James Garner, Jason Robards and Robert Ryan. A take on the OK corral. It features trains with steel, riveted passenger cars with knuckle couplers. I don't think any of those things existed in 1881. A pretty decent Western, filmed in Mexico. 

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Posted by Overmod on Friday, December 16, 2022 8:13 AM

54light15
I don't think any of those things existed in 1881.

While we're on this, there are the amusing technical details in the Lone Ranger movie, on on a less wacky note, the scene with the locomotive in the cartoon feature Spirit.

If we extend the discussion to not-so-old movies that essentially became old movies while we weren't looking, consider the remake of 1984 with William Hurt (be careful to see it with the original cinematography, not the recolorization).  Part of this was the logical development of Britain had it reached the type of government in Eric Blair's book -- and the train scene is in my opinion a good example of how well that was portrayed in the picture.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Saturday, December 24, 2022 7:17 PM

Welded rail,  Groomed ballast only regulator would love  air brakes hoses  and even some second air signaling hose, roller bearings..

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Posted by 54light15 on Monday, April 24, 2023 10:48 PM

I am right now watching a German TV production called, "Babylon Berlin" set in the Weimar republic of 1929 and with all that it implies. Lots of sleazy characters and lots of cigarettes are smoked. It is sort of similar in it's way to Boardwalk Empire and the British series, Peaky Blinders.

There is a fair bit of railroad action in it involving a tank car full of gold bars in a train full of phosgene gas! The train is pulled by a type 52 Kriegslok decapod which isn't correct but still, it's an excellent series and the set design is brilliant. An ongoing film noir, sort of. It just showed up on You Tube one day, I watched a five minute bit of it and thought, that's something I would like so I bought the whole series on Ebay. I highly recommend it. 

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Posted by 54light15 on Wednesday, November 15, 2023 5:37 PM

"Inglorious Bastards" is an Italian war movie from 1978 with Bo Svenson and Fred Williamson. A train is transporting V2 warheads and blah, blah, blah, explosions. It's a "spaghetti war movie" and you know what that means. It's set in France using Italian locomotives and cars. The Germans die like flies! 

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Posted by 54light15 on Wednesday, February 28, 2024 11:27 PM

This is a good one- "It Always Rains on Sunday," from the Ealing Studio in 1947. Life in London's East end, tiny apartments, smokey pubs, street markets, crooked businessmen with an escaped convict and so forth. Not a lot of train action until near the end with many scenes filmed aboard rolling freight cars in a hump yard. I've never seen a movie with hump yard scenes much less an English one with 4-wheel wooden cars. You also get one short glimpse of a London trolleybus. 

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Posted by BaltACD on Thursday, February 29, 2024 2:52 PM

Was watching an episode of Adam 12 on MeTV yesterday that was filmed in Griffith Park in LA during the late 60's or early 70's.  The final scenes are centered around a Western Pacific steam engine with one of the bad guys being shot atop the tender of the locomotive and falls to the ground in the final action scene.

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Posted by Erik_Mag on Thursday, February 29, 2024 10:23 PM

Just after Christmas I watched "The Assassination Bureau, LTD", a charming, though a bit dark, romcom set in 1914. A number of nice shots of inside and outside of European passenger trains.

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Posted by 54light15 on Monday, June 3, 2024 10:32 PM

OK, here's yet another one. The Hunter, one of Steve McQueen's last films. Scenes are on the Chicago Elevated and the train he is clinging to has double trolley poles. Wasn't that on the Skokie line, the remnant of the line to Milwaukee? 

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Posted by Overmod on Sunday, June 9, 2024 9:53 AM

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Was watching an episode of Adam 12 on MeTV yesterday that was filmed in Griffith Park in LA during the late 60's or early 70's.  The final scenes are centered around a Western Pacific steam engine with one of the bad guys being shot atop the tender of the locomotive and falls to the ground in the final action scene.

That would be Western Pacific 26, and according to LA Parks & Recreation she's still there.

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Posted by rcdrye on Wednesday, June 12, 2024 9:27 AM

54light15

OK, here's yet another one. The Hunter, one of Steve McQueen's last films. Scenes are on the Chicago Elevated and the train he is clinging to has double trolley poles. Wasn't that on the Skokie line, the remnant of the line to Milwaukee? 

 

The pan trolleys on the Skokie Swift cars were not set up to swing out.  The pole bases were ordinary trolley bases, so I assume they were set up just for the film. CTA's last use of ordinary trolley wire was in 1973, but the Skokie Swift/Yellow line used overhead into the early 2000s.

Early 1950s Dragnet episodes (Badge 714) have LARy trolleys, both standard and PCCs, in the opening scenes.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Wednesday, July 10, 2024 5:57 PM

The  Palm Beach story

the palm beach story movie 1942 - Search Shopping (bing.com)

A few possible errors Departure boaard said Atlantic coast line florida special from NYP/  Train left NYP pulled by a steam loco under wire.  Palm Beach traain station said elevation 1 foot.  Even FEC didn't run tracks that close to .

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Posted by BaltACD on Saturday, July 13, 2024 6:10 PM

Not a movie - but a music video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEjU9KVABao

 

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