Tag Archives: Santa Fe Railway

White Christmas 1954

Paramount Pictures I first heard about White Christmas 1954 whilst watching another holiday movie, Christmas Vacation 1989. No trains in that one, but I was intrigued by one of Chevy Chase’s rants about “Bing Crosby tap-dancing with Danny f—ing Kaye”. … Continue reading

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Uphill All the Way 1986

A Melroy Production Mel Tillis and Roy Clark star in this self-produced stinkeroo which is redeemed only by a double dose of steam locomotive pulchritude. We ARE treated to two separate train scenes: The opening features Sierra Railroad #28 (a … Continue reading

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The Road to Bali 1952

  Paramount Pictures Bing Crosby and Bob Hope made a whole series of “Road” movies (seven, to be exact) and Road to Bali (#6) was the only one of the bunch in Technicolor. Although the train quotient is pretty low, … Continue reading

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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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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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