"This Property is Condemned" .........Not bad......it was believable as far
as imagery was concerned. One could almost feel what life in a small
southern railroad town was like in the 30's...............but trying to pass
of a US Army 2-8-0 for an L&N 2-8-0???? It smoked and made choo choo sounds,
but that was still enjoyable. Reford got the crap kicked out of
him......probably much to the chagrin of liberals everywhere. Personally I
thought he was great in this film as was Natalie Wood. Charles Bronson, one
of my all time favorites, I thought was weak in this film, but I suspect
poor script and directing.
Note...Redford and myself were born exactly on the same day and time in '38
(read an article once), only he looks a hell of a lot better. Maybe someone
should send him a train set for Christmas and let him start on the model
railroader's famous exercise program...........None!!
Another one for the list (not a favorite):
Cassandra Crossing - plaque on the Geneva-Stockholm
express. Nice Swiss scenery, Sophia Loren, Richard Harris,
Martin Sheen, Lee Strasberg, Ava Gardner and Burt Lancaster
- and OJ.
FWIW, this is the best thread I've seen on any NG in quite some time...
As to movies...just a suggestion for those of you near possible
sources--many, many, moons ago schools and other orgs were able to borrow
films produced by UPRR (and I'm sure many others) from the PR dept. Various
topics, always with lots of good "train" footage...I don't know if this is
still done, but the films must be somewhere--as I recall they were 16mm.
My favorite is Emperor Of the North Pole, the story of hobos battling a cruel
freight conductor (Shack, played by Earnest Borgnine) during the great
depression. I'd love to get it on DVD. greate filming of steam feight. not
absolutely accurate WRT RR operation, but believable.
skyl> Ok, so I broke down the other week and ordered some DVD's from amazon.com.
Chief Rust Scraper
Penfield and Western RR
The Titfield Thunderbolt
Silver Streak (the one with the Pioneer Zephyr in the starring role)
Bullet Train (either the english dub or the nihongo original)
The Great Train Robbery
I remember when they filmed that. They parked the train at Denver Union
Station. It took me a while to figure out what the totally bizarre
train sitting there was. The worst part (other than the paint scheme)
was the two GP20s on the point.