Tag Archives: Southern Pacific Railroad

The Phantom Express 1932

  Majestic Pictures Corporation A mixture of nicely-detailed train models and Southern Pacific steam power highlights this early talkie. Engineers and Fireman along the “Southwestern Pacific” railroad are freaking out because they see what appears to be an oncoming train, … 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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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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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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Sinister Journey 1948

  United Artists Hopalong Cassidy (played by William Boyd) stars alongside the Southern Pacific Railway’s isolated 3-foot narrow gauge operation in the Owens Valley of California. This 59 minute Western featured the talents of SP 4-6-0 #8, built by Baldwin … Continue reading

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3:10 to Yuma 1957

Columbia Pictures Not as well known as 1952’s High Noon, 3:10 to Yuma features a Southern Pacific Railroad Class M-4 Alco 2-6-0 steam engine and train. Filming of the railroad scenes during the movie’s exciting climax occurred in and around … Continue reading

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Midnight Limited 1940

  Monogram Pictures Jewel thieves are working the Montreal train! Yes, foppish rich-o’s are being relieved of their ice at an alarming rate in this shadowy B-picture from Monogram Studios (motto: We make crappy films and we don’t care). Mostly … Continue reading

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