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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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