Tag Archives: Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad

The Block Signal 1926

  Gotham Productions A young Jean Arthur stars as the love interest in this silent picture filmed along the Santa Fe Railway in Southern California. Grace Ryan (Arthur) finds herself with two suitors – the cad Bert Steele and college … Continue reading

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Twisted Rails 1934

  Imperial Productions Filmmakers in the early days of Hollywood, found nearby railroads the perfect tableau for exciting movies.  Trains provided hefty size, motion, smoke and steam, action, and an inevitable excuse to use dynamite! 1934’s Twisted Rails follows the same … Continue reading

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Dynamite Denny 1932

  Mayfair Pictures Corporation Jay Wilsey stars as locomotive engineer “Dynamite” Denny in this early talkie found in the dregs of the Amazon discount bin. Despite his moniker, not much dynamite in this picture (nothing got blown up), but we … Continue reading

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Girl Shy 1924

A Pathe Picture Whilst digging through my Harold Lloyd Comedy Collection (see my previous review of Now or Never 1921), I found another train-related silent in 1924’s Girl Shy. Not only is a steam train journey involved, but a key … Continue reading

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Night Freight 1955

  Allied Artists Picture Night Freight is a B&W B movie, train-laced from start to finish. Starring a couple of General Electric 70 ton switchers (#600 & #602), this picture’s exteriors were filmed on the Modesto & Empire Traction Company Railroad in Modesto, … Continue reading

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Without Reservations 1946

RKO Radio Pictures Without Reservations is a light-hearted, post-World War 2, cross-country journey from New York to Hollywood with the first 43 minutes of the picture taking place on various crowded passenger trains.  Claudette Colbert (as Christopher “Kit” Madden) is … Continue reading

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Red Signals 1927

Sterling Pictures Filmed on the Santa Fe Railway in and around Los Angeles in the late 1920s, Red Signals is a silent, but fast-moving look at railroad operations during the early steam era.  Packed with action, this film showcases wooden … Continue reading

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