Train Movies - Unstoppable

BarstowRick Feb 17, 2019

  1. Akirasho

    Akirasho TrainBoard Member

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    Original debris from Roswell was eventually taken to a hangar (18) at Wright-Patt. Said hangar led to creation of FTD (Foreign Technology Division) and Project Blue Book (investigations of UFOs), but U didn't hear it from me!!!
     
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  2. BnOEngrRick

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    Well, there was a train, and it did get away...

    I don't know how specific I can get as to the details. The engineer did get off while moving and wasn't able to get back on. The controls didn't move themselves. It was a yard job pulling a cut of cars out of the "bowl" to swing to a departure track, so there was no air involved with the brakes.

    The scene where there were a bunch of derails put on the track, well, there was actually only one or two and they didn't explode with fireworks...No other trains tried to intercept, other than the one that did catch it and bring the speed down.

    Yes, a Sheriff Deputy did try to shoot the emergency fuel cutoff button, but what most didn't realize is Conrail units' EFC button must be held down for about 5 seconds before the pump will shut off, versus instant action with most other RR's units.

    There was more to the whole story that I would rather not divulge.
     
  3. BarstowRick

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    You said what? Huuunh? I'm sorry can you speak up. Aye?

    I've been in hangar 18 and it's now part of the Wright Patterson Air Museum. I'm sure that's just a put off and was probably hangar 12 back when this all happened. What? What? What did I say?

    Thinking where could this take us?

    We end up with stories about aliens running around Kettering, Ohio on their nights off from the WPAFB. Inventing all kinds of stuff like starters, car air conditioning, ice cream cones, computers, digital stuff and more. I even heard they hi-jacked a train and tried to fly it. Bet they could. Huunh.

    Why? Is homeland security knocking on my door? I think it's time to take the trash out. RUN!
     
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  4. BarstowRick

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    Understood on the not divulging stuff.

    I also heard of a train that got away from a yard in Pennsylvania, somewhere near the Ohio and Pennsylvania State Border Line. However, I'm thinking that was freight cars that got rolling and didn't stop until finding an uphill grade. Someone, of course, suspected kids and vandalism and I believe they proved to be employee error. Set the hand breaks.
     
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  5. BarstowRick

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    Here's another hint in the form of a question.

    When does a yardmaster have the authority to control the main line? Just how many times does the movie have railroad officials overstepping his or her authority.

    One more. How many yard towers or control centers/dispatching have built in network TV's in them? Now it gets interesting.
     
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  6. Akirasho

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  7. BarstowRick

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    Okay, the obvious.

    Trains leaving one rail and running around the corner on the outside wheels. I laughed harder at this, then any one thing in the movie. Then I listened to the directors cut and what he talks about, talking over the film. Even he said, that wouldn't happen in real life but certainly adds to the drama of the scene. Continuing, And of course we had to do that digitally but what a scene it made. Not a quote you understand but close enough.

    About Akirasho's videos. Well...I hesitate before I speak...and I don't want to offend Akirasho. So before I get rolling...or the train does...Thank-you for the above video's. Well done and well played. Good one.

    I'm sure the first video of the news anchors reporting is accurate, only in that... it is news anchors, reporting what they've been told.......to report. There are differences between the two videos as to who and how the train was stopped. I'll bet most of you, who looked at them are already on it.

    Discernment and knowledge are never a bad thing. I love where a story starts to fall apart.
     
  8. Hardcoaler

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    With Akirasho's video link, I now see why they chose 777 for Unstoppable's "star" engine. There's probably a full write up of this event somewhere on the NTSB website.
     
  9. BnOEngrRick

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    I couldn't finish watching that second video. Worse than the movie.
     
  10. Hardcoaler

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    For a great rail move, check out The Train (1964). It'll appear on TCM on Turner Classic Movies at 5:30 PM Eastern on Saturday (05/04/2019).
     
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    omg some of yall are just to darn serious really man its just a flippin movie.. thats the problem with old farts that worked on the rails . hey wait im an old fart. but i never worked on the rails i did how ever jump on a few back in the day an rode across country. that was fun.....
     
  13. Joe Lovett

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    I had a hard time understanding how a switch locomotive can catch up with a road locomotive going a zillion miles per hour.

    Joe
     
  14. Hardcoaler

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    Whoa, I just realized that I shot the 777 a week ago today in Fairfax, SC. She seemed to be behaving much better this day. :D

    2019-09-22 001 Fairfax SC - for upload.jpg
     
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  15. BnOEngrRick

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    Making sure you know that locomotive wasn't the one in the movie...
     
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    Yes, I'm aware. Worth double checking though so that everyone understands.
     
  17. BarstowRick

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    Hey, I resemble that statement. Darn kids. :confused:
    I want you to know when I do flatulate, it's as fresh as a decomposed rat. You never know when I'll be standing by you. :LOL:

    It's the flippin movie that makes it so interesting. I can't leave it alone. If you get a chance run the directors cut. You just might like it.:D

    It is based on a true story but they certainly used some editorial rewriting to make it dramatic.
     
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  18. Hardcoaler

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    The thing that bothers me most about railroad movies is that the public then thinks that this is the way railroads are run. I think the U.S. Congress must source their legislative notions from these films. :rolleyes:
     
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  19. Rick A

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    I think it might be more productive to mention a film that does get it right. If there is one! Hollywood........:X3:
     
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  20. BarstowRick

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    That's precisely why I can't leave this film alone. Although dramatic, as the plot advances, holding you (by design) in suspense. It does make for a good movie. BUT it isn't (Do I dare say it?) REALISTIC! No I'm not shouting but I did raise my voice to make the point.

    A former railroad employee who worked for Santa Fe in the engineering department. Now retired and a good friend. He handed me this movie the day after a lively discussion on the same subject, at CJ's in Big Bear Country. We had hee-hawed a number of movies taking them apart in great spirit. He said of it, your going to love this. Sarcasm noted. Already knowing how I'd feel about it. He was right. We spent hours discussing the rules that were broken, possible (Actual) mistakes the crew made, and things that just don't happen as portrayed in the movie.

    Then after watching it and talking to him about it on the phone. He suggested I watch the Directors Cut. That got interesting because, it was how he said that this isn't right according to the professionals we consulted, however it really made that part of the movie work, adding just the needed dramatic affect.

    I won't get started on the other movies of similar mystique...out there.
     
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