Thunder 1929


This long lost, silent picture has a family connection. Starring Lon Chaney (The Man of a Thousand Faces), it was filmed on the Chicago & North Western Railroad near Green Bay, Wisconsin.  My namesake Great-Grandfather, Lindsay “Len” Pruner was a C&NW trainmaster and engineer who worked with Lon Chaney as a technical advisor.

Lon Chaney on IMDb

See what IMDb has to say about “Thunder – 1929”

Unfortunately, Thunder 1929 is one of Lon Chaney’s “lost” movies with only a few minutes of footage surviving. Even worse,  Lon Chaney passed away shortly thereafter due to “too much smoking”. It was his last silent film.

“Thunder on the C&NW” was an article in the Summer 1983 issue of North Western Lines magazine written by my father, Philip B. Korst  about the making of this movie. It is available for purchase on CD from the C&NW Historical Society.


Lon Chaney (left) shakes Lindsay Pruner’s hand in front of a C&NW locomotive


Lon Chaney (center) and my Great-Grandfather Pruner (far left)

If you have ANY information about this movie, please contact me at:

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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1 Response to Thunder 1929

  1. Paul C. says:

    Nice article, I didn’t know many of the details, especially the information about your great-grandfather. I’ll consider ordering the article.

    It’s remarkable that the only two know surviving fragments of the film both came to light in the late 1990s, from independent sources. Perhaps someday a print will surface, but it becomes less likely with each passing year.


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