What a Drag It Is, Getting Old...

Doug Gosha May 23, 2021

  1. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    63,204
    9,881
    652
    The lead actor (star) of Danger Lights is indeed seen working in a (Miles City Shops) roundhouse. But he was former engineer. I will need to watch it again, to recall the premise for how he fell from that job, but he had been fired or had quit from elsewhere on the system for some troubled situation. Had the paperwork on him as being a qualified engineer and a letter of recommendation. Also, the Milwaukee Road did stage publicity tugs of war. A couple of the most famous on the west end (Coast Division), were demonstrations of their newly completed electrification's capabilities, between a Bipolar electric and different types of their large steam power. The Bipolars won every single try.... These are documented in historical society publications and several photos have been seen in numerous books.
     
  2. JMaurer1

    JMaurer1 TrainBoard Member

    1,999
    941
    37
    I don't understand why the real railroads don't use something like the Atlas rerailer/road crossing. That would have rerailed that derailed train at the crossing :rolleyes:
     
  3. OleSmokey

    OleSmokey TrainBoard Member

    516
    474
    24
    I guess i am lucky. I can still rerail those stubborn cars yet. I wonder how much longer...
     
    Doug Gosha likes this.
  4. NorsemanJack

    NorsemanJack TrainBoard Member

    2,052
    448
    44
    Thank God I don't know as much about trains as you do. I'm going to pretend I didn't read any of that and continue to enjoy one of my favorite movies! Jon Voight's role?? Those fantastic wintry landscapes?? A great story?? If I want pure trains, I'll just watch one of my Emery Gulash videos (again) (and again) and (etc.....).
     
  5. umtrr-author

    umtrr-author TrainBoard Member

    2,104
    587
    45
    The topic "derailed" from My Cousin Vinny before I could add one word:

    "Breakfast."

    In terms of train movies, there's also The Great Train Robbery (spoiler: "I wanted the money!") and Emperor of the North.

    I would have to figure out where on YouTube it is, but before there even WAS a "Hollywood" there was a film called The Juggernaut made on the Raritan River Railroad which had plenty of railroad action. If I recall correctly, it was one of the earliest "multi-reel" films and included what was possibly the first ever train wreck staged for film. One Thomas Edison didn't think that the public would sit still for anything over 10 minutes. Mr. Edison, I have an "Irishman" on the line for you...
     
    BNSF FAN, Rich_S and Doug Gosha like this.
  6. Rich_S

    Rich_S TrainBoard Member

    729
    1,046
    25
    Hi George, "Emperor Of The North" with Ernie Borgnine, "The Train" with Burt Lancaster and "The Great Locomotive Chase" with Fess Parker are some of my favorite train movies. I own "Emperor Of The North" and "The Train" on DVD and someday will probably add "The Great Locomotive Chase" to my collection as well. I also own on DVD Taking of Pelham 123, both the 1974 and 2009 versions, another great action adventure movie.
     
    JMaurer1 likes this.
  7. Rich_S

    Rich_S TrainBoard Member

    729
    1,046
    25
    I guess that is the downside of working for the railroad, I can no longer ignore the man behind the curtain :ROFLMAO: Don't get me wrong, I think all of those movies are great action adventures, but tend to stretch reality a bit to far sometimes. Just like in Smokey and the Bandit when the Bandit makes an impossible jump with the car, which in real life destroyed the suspension, but he drives away like nothing happened. Most people do not know, during the making of that movie they destroyed 3 Trans AM's and the promotional car is the only survivor. ;)
     
    JMaurer1 and Hardcoaler like this.
  8. acptulsa

    acptulsa TrainBoard Member

    2,413
    2,010
    52
    Don't forget the magic police car that transforms into a Le Mans, then transforms back into a Satellite, every time it goes around a curve.

    I wish there was a real, civilian version. Encounter a radar trap, turn a corner. "A Plymouth, officer? Haven't seen one in years."

    Of course, having a Satellite turn into a LeMans in the middle of hard cornering is extremely dangerous. Maybe I should be careful what I wish for.
     
    Shortround likes this.
  9. Mike C

    Mike C TrainBoard Member

    1,688
    195
    39
  10. f2shooter

    f2shooter TrainBoard Member

    193
    47
    13
    What was the movie set in WWll about German rail operations? Made in the 60’s or maybe early 70’s, I want to say Bert Lancaster was in it but may be wrong. The Germans were trying to get a load to the front quickly.
    Rick H.
     
  11. marty coil

    marty coil TrainBoard Supporter

    982
    395
    28
    The Train....Germans trying to steal Art!
     
    Hardcoaler likes this.
  12. acptulsa

    acptulsa TrainBoard Member

    2,413
    2,010
    52
    The Silver Streak.

    Either one of them. I'm particularly fond of the star of The Silver Streak (1934). Top billing goes to the Pioneer Zephyr. Look it up on IMDB.

    It does steal the show. As for the rest of it, well, the show needed stealing.
     
  13. BNSF FAN

    BNSF FAN TrainBoard Supporter

    7,456
    13,682
    123
    I guess in the grand scheme of things, a 42 year old movie is young compared to some but have to add it. Saw this one the other night called Disaster on the Coastliner. Released in 1979 and a lot of Amtrak F40 action in it. Bad plot - A psychotic engineer bent on revenge sets two passenger trains on a collision course with each other - and lots of unrealistic stuff but I made it all the wat through. Decent cast - Lloyd Bridges Raymond Burr Robert Fuller Pat Hingle E. G. Marshall Yvette Mimieux William Shatner Paul L. Smith
     
    Hardcoaler likes this.
  14. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    63,204
    9,881
    652
    Under Siege II. Many scenes have added speed due to editing. Especially at the end, where the train they will collide with had zooming speed added. :rolleyes::rolleyes:
     
    Mark Ricci, BNSF FAN and Hardcoaler like this.
  15. Hardcoaler

    Hardcoaler TrainBoard Member

    6,548
    18,951
    104
    Extraordinary photography there, one of my favorite movies. Even though it was released in 1964, the producers chose black and white film for its historic authenticity and artistic impact. An excellent choice.
     
    BNSF FAN likes this.
  16. OleSmokey

    OleSmokey TrainBoard Member

    516
    474
    24
    Its been a long time since i have seen this movie. Can't even remember the list of characters but it was about a ww2 movie with the American prisoners stilling a train and going to swiserland. A lot of train action! Damn why can't i remember that movies name.
     
  17. acptulsa

    acptulsa TrainBoard Member

    2,413
    2,010
    52
    Because you didn't read the thread, perhaps...?

     
  18. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    63,204
    9,881
    652
    Sounds like you are thinking of "Von Ryan's Express".
     
    Mark Ricci, NorsemanJack and acptulsa like this.
  19. acptulsa

    acptulsa TrainBoard Member

    2,413
    2,010
    52
    I stand corrected! I thought that's what they were talking about before, but didn't think The Train sounded right. Should have listened to myself.

    Outstanding film! And that's from someone who really doesn't care for Sinatra...

    [​IMG]
     
    Mark Ricci and Doug Gosha like this.
  20. acptulsa

    acptulsa TrainBoard Member

    2,413
    2,010
    52
    Shortround likes this.

Share This Page