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 Posted: Thu Jun 27th, 2013 03:59 am
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Polar Express....animated but still kind of cool for a holiday movie...can you tell I have a few youngsters running around...I really have to start hanging with adults more :-)



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 Posted: Thu Jun 27th, 2013 05:23 am
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Near the beginning of "Our Hospitality" Buster Keaton 1923 about the feuding families of the Canfields and McKays. A great look at early rail travel, and funny too. I think they use a 0-2-2 Rocket in the film.
"The General" 1926 I think with Buster Keaton. Beautiful 4-4-0 and early rolling stock, and yes it's funny also.



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I kind of enjoyed "The Titfield Thunderbolt".... But my favorite TRAMWAY film is "Illusion Travels By Streetcar".
Confronted with the unfortunate news that their favorite Streetcar, no. 133, is going to be decommissioned, two Municipal Transit workers get drunk and decide to "take 'er for one last spin," as it were. Unfortunately, the "one last spin" ends up being an all-night and all-day scramble to stay out of trouble, as they are confronted with situation after sometimes bizarre situation that prevents them from returning the "borrowed" Streetcar!



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 Posted: Fri Jul 5th, 2013 05:46 am
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"The Train", "Emperor of the North", "The General" are three of my favorites.

"Under Siege 2" had a pretty cool train crash.

The current movie, "Man of Steel" has a very brief but memorable train "crash".

"Denver and Rio Grande" is a good one. Also an old black and white film called "Danger Lights" -- lots of cool train action including a tug of war between two large steam locomotives at a RR company picnic.

I keep hearing good things about "The Titfield Thunderbolt". Guess I'll have to check it out one of these days.



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 Posted: Fri Jul 5th, 2013 06:00 am
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I have to tell you, my newest favorite is the Lone Ranger (2013 version) It has some great scenes of mining and mountain railroading. It has narrow gauge and dual gauge, as well as the transcon line. The bridges and tunnels are something you'd expect to find in a model somewhere. However, here are a couple warnings about this movie:

1. It is stereotypical, but it's supposed to be. It's the classic western mentality. Also, the white people were more stereotyped than the indians for once. We had Custer in North Texas?

2. It isn't geographically or historically accurate. The movie takes place in North Texas, but the mining center look a lot like the San Juan's. Promontory Summit was somehow thrown in there too. Not to mention (my personal beef) there was a captain that looked a lot like Custer.

The important thing to keep in mind about this movie is that all of this IS supposed to be included. If you want a general western that has everything you'd expect then this movie is for you.

A hero cowboy
A quiet, but brave indian ally
An evil, greedy, adversary
The damsel in distress
Train robbery
And the best CGI you can get.

Not to mention the great train chase and Johnny Depp jumping from one train to another. Plus, I love watching what that man can do with a crow on his head.

--james:pop:

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 Posted: Fri Jul 5th, 2013 06:22 am
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Yeah, "Lone Ranger" looks like fun, we're really looking forward to seeing it!



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I've always have been a fan of Heartbreak Pass and Runaway Train.

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Union Pacific 1939 Cecille B Demille....Great shots of a railroad camp rough ties etc etc...
Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea, Robert Preston, Anthony Quinn, Evelyn Keyes.

An EPIC Western that brought the Western out of the B Movie budget Era into top billing Top Budget entertainment..

Great scene where the Indians chop through a water tank and crash it down onto a locomotive ( 4-4-0 and consist)



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An obscure (but big for its day) 1945 film called "Saratoga Trunk" had a head on "cornfield meet" between 2 trains.

Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman starred.

(Ahhhh, but "Emperor of the North" is still my fave!)


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 Posted: Sat Jul 13th, 2013 06:14 pm
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Pam & I saw Lone Ranger the other night and it really is a hoot! Railroad pickers will tear it apart but the scenes are neat and there is a lot of train action. We really enjoyed it and you know how much ladies "like" action westerns with lots of train stuff...Pam loved the show.

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