Tag Archives: Steam Locomotive

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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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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Bite The Bullet 1975

  Columbia Pictures Gene Hackman and Candice Bergen star in this 700 mile horse race loosely-based on an actual event in the early part of the 20th century. Of more interest to us is the extensive use of the newly-created … Continue reading

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Iron Will 1994

  Walt Disney Pictures No less than three of my readers recommended this movie to me. Indeed, it is a train-laced adventure throughout and much deserving of the title, “Obscure Train Movie” as I had never heard of it before! … Continue reading

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Train 406 – 1958

The National Film Board of Canada Train 406 is the story of a Toronto to Halifax freight train on Canadian National Railways in the late 1950’s. We get a good glimpse of CNR operations and the people responsible for making it … Continue reading

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The 49th Parallel 1941

Ortus Films / General Film Distributors Ltd. This star-studded British propaganda movie filmed at the start of World War 2, features steam trains as well as Canada’s magnificent scenery. The picture was a gentle nudge to Americans (not yet in … 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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