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1  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 4-4-0 modern disassembly on: April 21, 2018, 09:42:05 AM
1.  Study exploded drawings on Bachmann website  .  2.  Determine which screws hold the shell on.  3.  Remove screws and store safely.  4.  Remove shell.
2  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Swapping Body shells on steam and diesel models on: April 16, 2018, 12:38:36 PM
I’m not certain if the new 2-8-2 tender shell with backup light isn’t a drop in replacement for the 2-8-0.
3  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Movie train production on: April 15, 2018, 01:52:22 PM
“Hollywood” is down here all the time “filming”.  We are also happy with their departure.
4  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Prototypes on: April 13, 2018, 02:31:05 PM
Or the Reno pulling Amcans.  I’ve seen both on layouts. 😱😂
5  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Movie train production on: April 13, 2018, 07:39:06 AM
Another great movie centered around the railroad is Breakheart Pass.  The train wreck scene is real, no computer generated BS there .  However, some beautiful vintage rolling stock destroyed. 😱😭😥
6  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Movie train production on: April 12, 2018, 12:39:56 PM
No bomb.  A 4 unit consist escapes a yard unmanned, out on to the main, against an opposing train.  However two stowaways are trapped in the 2nd unit, an old F unit, and can’t get into the lead unit to shut it down.  No absurd shoot em up, blow em up stuff, no ridiculous computer generated stuff. But a great and plausible story.  Sub zero winter railroading at its coldest! ❄️⛄️🌨
7  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Movie train production on: April 12, 2018, 08:19:34 AM
How could we have missed Runaway Train from the 80s?  On apparently the Alaska Railroad.  As I recall, it was a pretty feasible incident.
8  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Prototypes on: April 12, 2018, 08:17:07 AM
White Heat and Danger Lights are spot on.  Recommended viewing.
9  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Movie train production on: April 12, 2018, 08:15:16 AM
The GP30 might be considered by some to be a historic piece by some.  I wouldn’t be surprised if it is retrieved and restored.

The Illinois Southern paint scheme is actually quite attractive.  I wonder if anyone has ever modeled it.
10  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Movie train production on: April 11, 2018, 04:01:22 PM
The first 5 minutes of White Heat is loaded with action scenes of SP 4-6-2 2440 pulling a train of Harriman heavyweights, beautiful. It appears that the SP crew was used as extras with bit parts, two lines at most.  The engineer is for real, the other guys look it too.

Danger Lights is a pretty corny early talkie, 1930, but the first 10 minutes is priceless golden steam age filmed on the long abandoned Milwaukee Road Pacific Coast Extension, both out on the line and in a working roundhouse, with a Pacific being turned on the turntable, the fireman putting out the extra flags, and all kind of other great detail.  The division superintendent is a classic bulldog suit kicking everyone around like I’m certain it was and probably still is.

If you can make it through the rest of the movie there are some other great scenes.  There is a tug of war between two mikados at a railroad festival, and a speed run with a Pacific pulling one business car rushing one of  the heros to a hospital in the city.  Unfortunately that run is sped up like stagecoach chases in old westerns but it is still great.  Sit through this and the reward will come.

11  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Movie train production on: April 11, 2018, 11:29:59 AM
See if he talks about the great train up hold scene that opens 1949’s “White Heat “, one of the last gangster movies made and a great one.  Great SP steam scenes.  Hint:  watch very closely the very last couple of frames where Jimmy Cagney’s stuntman jumps down  from a tunnel portal on to the top of the Vanderbilt tender, and tell us what you see that the film editors tried to cut out, but didn’t quite get it all.
12  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Movie train production on: April 11, 2018, 09:56:04 AM
Restarting a conversation begun elsewhere about trains in movie production.  Terry, you have the book about Hollywood’s Railroads.  Surely there is a lot of info about 2 of the best railroad movies ever made - Danger Lights in 1930 and Emperor of The North in the early 70s.  Fill us in. 
13  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Prototypes on: April 11, 2018, 09:51:24 AM
Movie trains are worth a new seperate conversation .  Starting one.
14  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Prototypes on: April 10, 2018, 08:34:11 AM
Terry, look at this.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doodlebug_(rail_car)

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/McKeen_railmotor

15  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Prototypes on: April 10, 2018, 08:16:18 AM
That isn’t the only time an inactive steam engine was pushed for a movie shoot.  The latest was just a couple of years ago for an episode of a TV show I believe was called “Revolution “.

The best one I heard of was “Bound for Glory “ in 1976.  Hoboes are riding on top of a freight with what is supposed to be a heavily smoking steam engine maybe 15 cars up.  In reality the string of boxcars was being pushed by a diesel, and up front was a flatcar with some kind of smoke generator. 😱😂

Of course, today all of this would be computer generated.i
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