“Great Locomotive Chase” on Tallulah Falls RR

Denny Wozniczka Mar 10, 2015

  1. Denny Wozniczka

    Denny Wozniczka TrainBoard Member

    Am seeking location identification on the Tallulah Falls RR where the scenes of Disney’s movie The Great Locomotive Chase took place. I learn that Atlanta was depicted in Clayton GA.

    - On the Tallulah Falls RR, where was the Marietta and Big Shanty (Lacy Hotel) scenes?
    - The scene where Fuller (Jeffrey Hunter) and his men pick up the pushcar?
    - The rails destroyed derailing the pushcar?
    - The Allatoona station scene?
    - Etowah where Fuller began using the Yonah?
    - The meaning of CIWRR on the Yonah tender?
    - Kingston?
    - The scenes where the box cars were dropped and pushed back toward Fuller?
    - Calhoun station?
    - Dalton station?
    - The tunnel?
    - Box car on fire left locked on bridge?
    - Ringgold where the General was left abandoned?
    - Chattanooga and the Crutchfield House?
    - Any other significant scenes?

    Please let me know.

    Thanks, and blessings, Denny
  2. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Interesting topic! I have not seen this movie in ages. Now I would like to do so again. Maybe it is available on line somewhere?
  3. Kenneth L. Anthony

    Kenneth L. Anthony TrainBoard Member

    I have a VHS copy of the movie. My VHS was NOT released by Disney but by Anchor Bay Entertainment. (I keep my old VHS player up and connected to my modern flat-screen so I can switch back-and-forth between DVD and VHS. Can only get 1 Spanish-language channel out of 6 local channels since TV went digital and cable etc isn't worth it so we have given up on live TV.) At least a few of the scenes in Chase were supplemented with matte painting to minimize set construction. Disney had some great matte painters, who did work on Boston in Johnny Tremaine, the San Francisco waterfront and volcanic island in 20,000 Leagues towards the last of the matte-painting era, The Black Hole. I'll have to drag out Great Locomotive Chase for another look.

    Meanwhile, my kid friends in 1956 recreated the Great Locomotive Chase on our backyard "Yardbird" railroad.
    We kitbashed a handcar into a steam loco with a garbage can on its side for the boiler. The blonde kid on the right is Fuller running after his stolen train.
  4. BarstowRick

    BarstowRick TrainBoard Supporter

    Memories from our childhood. Nothing like it.

    You aren't the only one that gave up on live TV. I have my VHS and DVD machines hooked up to my TV and I enjoy the fact that I'm not paying to watch commercials. 12 minute programming and 18 minute commercials. Not any longer.

    I watched the great locomotive chase about two weeks ago and then friday night the Union Pacific. Hey. what happened to the commercials? Nice break.
  5. Hytec

    Hytec TrainBoard Member

    I found a Disney film, Making Of The Great Locomotive Chase, on YouTube. It's nearly 50 minutes long, but has sequences covering almost everything including locomotives, railroading, and other neat stuff.

  6. Denny Wozniczka

    Denny Wozniczka TrainBoard Member

    Thanks for those who've reply.

    Does any of you know specifically which stations or those nearby along the Tallulah Falls RR these scenes mentioned in the original message, Marietta, Big Shanty, Allatoona, Kingston, Calhoun, Dalton, Ringgold, where the rails were destroyed, and so on, were located? I think the Kingston scene was at the town of Tallulah Falls; and the make-shift tunnel, south of Lakemont, if I'm not mistaken.

    Also has it been mentioned whether or not James Andrews, William Campbell, and others who were hanged, were ever awarded a congressional medal of honor?

    Please let me know. Thanks.

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