Even with the typo.
The views of the yard are worth the price of admission!
Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IywTUOn736c
Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v ¶cX8lT3cS4&feature=related
OK, I know that color was really invented in the 30s - ala Wizard of Oz,
Adventures of Robin Hood, Gone With the Wind...
(and I'm not that young - I remember the three color celophane filter on the
You must be really, really young.
Or else you just don't watch old movies....
I doubt they were actually letting little Buckwheat lie between the rails
and let a Santa Fe Mikado pass over him multiple times, much less have him
grab the pilot from directly ahead and climb aboard the moving loco. More
likely those sequences were done with dummies and/or stuntkids. (And some of
the shots were filmed at very low speeds and then the film was sped up.
Santa Fe wasn't going to risk a high-speed cornfield meet just to make a
After all, Buckwheat and his pals were the producer's meal-tickets, and the
producers had an interest in protecting them for that reason if naught else.
BTW: for Santa Fe fans.
Most of the film was shot in the Santa Fe Los Angeles yards, and you can see
the L.A. River off to the left of the shot in some scenes, and the
distinctive L.A. concrete highway bridges in others. (They were largely
1930s WPA projects, and some still survive.)
The later high-speed parts of the film were shot out in the then completely
undeveloped Cucamonga/Guasti areas east of L.A. and west of San Bernardino.
Those twenty-foot-high eucalyptus trees the train is flashing past are now
I used to take my daughter (3-4 years old) on photo trips to the CPR
yards in South Edmonton. She played happily there, picking dandelions
and such, to make a bouquet for Mom. Nobody ever interfered.
Occasionally, we got a wave from the switch crew. I just scanned a slide
of her sitting on the (clean!) gravel, with "pretty pebbles" in her
hands. Sigh. ;-)
Yeah, I used to regularly tresspass on the LIRR tracks with and
without my dad during the 1970s when I was 7-11 years old. He taught
me how to put my ear on the rail to hear when the train was coming and
crush pennies with Alco C420s
Later in the 1980s I used to tresspass on the VTR yard in Rutland with
my camera as a teen and an adult.
I kinda of miss the those good old days when you could get away with
doing things like that.
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