TV show Hell on Wheels

paperkite Aug 13, 2012

  1. paperkite

    paperkite TrainBoard Member

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    Anyone watching the series Hell on Wheels , supposedly about UP building the RR across the US ... the steam engine featured just does not look real for some reason , can anyone identify it? I caught the episode where this engine races a Native American on horse back and just barely beats him ...
     
  2. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Probably just Hollywood film props. There has been a thread which included views of those "engines" I am thinking about. Perhaps it was within the "Railfanning Utah" topic?
     
  3. k3ndawg

    k3ndawg TrainBoard Member

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    I seem to remember that they were filming in Canada... Alberta maybe. Yeah, most of their props, aren't all that great. But it is a good show!
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  4. LADiver

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    Yes it is filmed around here. The unit at Hertiage park was used in some scenes (0-6-0). also I have beeen told the unit in stettler alberta was used for some scenes.
     
  5. CHARGER

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    http://www.amctv.com/hell-on-wheels/videos/inside-hell-on-wheels-locations-and-sets

    http://www.trainboard.com/grapevine/showthread.php?139221-Hell-On-Wheels-equipment


    On another note, does anyone know if in real life Durant was that far forward/constant presence on the construction site. Most of what I have read says he was back in DC, Philadelphia, and NYC organizing the financing and establishing the Credit Moblier. Colm Meaney's character in the series seems more like Glenville Dodge to me.
     
  6. r_i_straw

    r_i_straw Mostly N Scale Staff Member

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    Durant would show up to escort government inspectors and dignitaries but pretty much "ran" things by telegraph until he persuaded Grenville Dodge to leave the army and take over the construction. The Durant character in the show kind of blends a lot of people together. To get a more accurate historical account of the story you could read Nothing Like It In The World by Stephen Ambrose.
     

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