Filmed along the Denver & Rio Grande Western narrow gauge in Southwestern Colorado, this film stars Joel McCrea, Virginia Mayo and a 23 year old Dorothy Malone. Of more interest to us is the heart and soul of our review, little Denver & Rio Grande #315, an 1895 Baldwin C-18 class 2-8-0 locomotive, originally built for the Florence and Cripple Creek Railroad.
Sporting a fake balloon smokestack, oversize headlight box and renumbered “15” for this performance, the little 3-feet-between-the-rails Consolidation has two extensive scenes in this movie including a spectacular train robbery. Filmed just before A Ticket To Tomahawk would make the Colorado narrow gauge famous, Colorado Territory has plenty of train action alongside the Southwest’s wide open spaces.
D&RG #15 and train prepares to depart “Aztec” Colorado. On board are train robbers, a sheriff’s posse and the payroll. What could possibly go wrong?