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Von Ryan’s Express 1965

  Twentieth Century Fox Eleven years after Frank Sinatra appeared in Suddenly, he starred in yet another railroad movie. Filmed in Italy, Spain and the studio back in Hollywood, Von Ryan’s Express is the tale of WW2 Allied prisoners commandeering … Continue reading

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Hurricane Express 1932

  Mascot Pictures A 25-year-old John Wayne (as Larry Baker) stars in this 12-part serial that was whittled down to a more palatable 80 minutes for the DVD. In a nutshell, “The Wrecker” is out to cause accidents on the … Continue reading

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Picnic 1955

  Columbia Pictures Chock full of train scenes from start to finish, the movie Picnic was filmed trackside on numerous locations in Kansas. Starring William Holden (as drifter Hal Carter) and Kim Novak (as the town beauty, Madge Owens), this … Continue reading

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So You Want A Model Railroad 1955

  Warner Brothers Pictures Coming in at 8 minutes and 32 seconds, “So You Want A Model Railroad” is a comedy short all about the “dangers” of model train addiction. This film points out that during the postwar boom, many … Continue reading

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Iron Will 1994

  Walt Disney Pictures No less than three of my readers recommended this movie to me. Indeed, it is a train-laced adventure throughout and much deserving of the title, “Obscure Train Movie” as I had never heard of it before! … Continue reading

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Streamline Express 1935

  Mascot Pictures Streamlined trains were all the rage in the mid-1930’s as railroads tried to shake their stodgy image of heavyweight Pullman train travel. Streamline Express has a plot very similar to my previously-reviewed movie, “Twentieth Century” (high-strung diva … Continue reading

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Posse 1975

  Paramount Pictures Kirk Douglas (Howard Nightingale) and Bruce Dern (Jack Strawhorn) star in this off-beat Western from the cynical seventies. Outshining both of them is Virginia & Truckee 4-4-0 #11 (The Reno), built by Baldwin in 1872, and leading … Continue reading

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