Tag Archives: Santa Fe Railway

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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Continental Divide 1981

Universal Pictures John Belushi’s penultimate (fancy word for “second-to-last”) movie featured a kaleidoscope of early Amtrak era equipment. Reporter Ernie Souchak (Belushi) is chasing his love interest Nell Porter (played by Blair Brown) cross country as they journey from Chicago … Continue reading

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How The West Was Won 1962

Metro Goldwyn Meyer Filmed in glorious Cinerama with a 3 camera setup, this epic film was a star-studded masterpiece of the Hollywood craft. Of more importance to us, are the two steam locomotives and their accompanying rolling stock which graced … 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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Holiday Affair 1949

  R.K.O. Radio Pictures I first heard about this movie…from a magazine! As a long-time subscriber to Classic Toy Trains magazine, I was delighted when my December 2016 issue featured a film which used a Lionel train set as a … 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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