A Ticket to Tomahawk 1950


I’m not sure when I first became aware of this movie from 20th Century Fox.  It probably came on TV during a Sunday afternoon rainy day when my age was in single digits.  I first saw it in color on AMC in the mid-1980’s. It wasn’t until recently that I was able to get a copy on DVD to view.

It’s a classic western picture in glorious Technicolor with cowpokes, Indian attacks, even a cameo by Marilyn Monroe, with a narrow gauge steam train running through it all.

The locomotive is the former Rio Grande Southern #20, a three foot gauge 4-6-0 which is now preserved at the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden. It was gussied up in a garish paint scheme for the movie, named the Emma Sweeny, and filmed along the ex-Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad’s Silverton branch.

For filming closeups, the studio created a portable, lightweight replica of the locomotive which was later used in the popular television series, Petticoat Junction.

A Ticket to Tomahawk’s spectacular scenery re-kindled the public’s interest in the D&RGW’s Durango to Silverton line and it is now a popular tourist destination in southwestern Colorado.

See what IMDb has to say about “A Ticket To Tomahawk”.


Emma Sweeny makes track speed on the Tomahawk & Western.

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About Lindsay Korst

Webmaster, Blogmaster, Ferroequinologist - Lindsay Korst works for a nationwide home improvement center after a 20+ year career supporting computer users. A resident of the Seattle area since 1976, he has had a life-long interest in railroads, particularly those in the Pacific Northwest. He is an enthusiastic participant in the Great Northern Railway Historical Society. He and his wife reside in Redmond, Washington.
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4 Responses to A Ticket to Tomahawk 1950

  1. Bill Park says:

    I would like to find a dvd of Ticket to tomahawk, but cant find it anywhere.Do you know where I might find it?


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