Seen any great Train movies lately???

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by hooknlad, Mar 4, 2006.

  1. roenickrox

    roenickrox New Member

    What about Trading Places? That was the best part of the movie.
  2. Pitchwife

    Pitchwife Dreamer

    Murder on the Orient Express, of course.
  3. kf4jqd

    kf4jqd Active Member

    Don't for get "The 3rd Rock from The Sun". The main star had to get a hobby.... An N scale layout on the table!

  4. hooknlad

    hooknlad Member

    Polar Express

    Sitting here watching The Polar Express - great intense animated movie !!!:thumb: :thumb:
  5. zedob

    zedob Member

    "The Wrong Trousers" That scene was great.

    Actually, any of the W&G movies are a must to see. For model railroaders, it's great inspiration for detail. The models are exceptional.:thumb:

    I've watched the "Were Rabbit..." about ten times already just to see if I can find new things in the background. If you haven't watched it yet, get it! It's a hoot. sign1 No trains, but great models non the less.
  6. Iron Goat

    Iron Goat Member

    The other night I saw "The End of the Line..." with Wilford Brimley, and Kevin Bacon. It was about a small town yard and shop being closed by management, and everyone in this small town losing their job. Brimley (engineer) and his crew decide to save the small line from the bean counters.... it is an excellent movie.

    Bob :thumb:
  7. Jac's Lines

    Jac's Lines Member

    From Russia with Love. James Bond escorts a female Russian defector and a code-breaking device out of Istanbul on the Orient Express to Trieste. This was all filmed on a replica train built on the backlots at Pinewood Studios. This is one of my 10 favorite movies.
  8. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

    Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day (1996) seems like a good movie, apparently the cinematography is excellent. It's set on the Yosemite Valley RR. and it's really beautiful up there from what I hear.
  9. Pitchwife

    Pitchwife Dreamer

    I haven't seen it but I assume that Trainspotters is about trains??????
  10. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    don't go to this one

    If you mean "Trainspotting", it's about trains the way "Reefer Madness" is about Pacific Fruit Express. :cry: Not only that, but the title is derogatory to railfans.

    (I once tried to start a thread about movies with promising but misleading titles.)
  11. Pitchwife

    Pitchwife Dreamer

    You mean that "Reefer Madness" isn't about a mad dash to keep perishables fresh? :eek: :eek: goldtoth1 goldtoth1 Actually I think that it's one of the funniest movies of all time. bounce7
    Just as well I didn't see Trainspotting then. :p :p
  12. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

    What do you mean? How can trainspotting NOT be about trains?!?! :confused:

    edit: I found this on

    Stupid drugs! why do they have to fool around with Railroad trems?!?!?! :curse: :curse: :cry: :curse:
  13. Joepomp

    Joepomp Member

    Emperor of the North !
  14. Pitchwife

    Pitchwife Dreamer

    Hmmm, "Trainspotting" and "Reefer Madness", two titles that sound like train related movies, but both are about drugs. Do I smell a conspiracy???? :D :D :D
  15. Pitchwife

    Pitchwife Dreamer

    Narrow Margin, Gene Hackman and Anne Archer cross Canada on a thrilling train ride.
  16. Canopus

    Canopus Member

    Funny that, what with railfans being more productive, genuine, decent citizens than a bunch of low life heroin addicts, and are generally much more intresting than a film as dull as "Trainspotting". Just look at the synopsys, good god why was that movie ever made? If it has a synopsys like that why does it think it has a license to make fun of ANYONE let alone railfans??

    With it being a British film I don't imagine very many people on this board have seen it, but I thought I'd bring up The Railway Children. Basically a film about a group of children who take an interest in the nearby steam railway... something happens, a plot ensues, I can't remember! But it's a heartwarming tale if I recall.

    Also, there was a scene in one of the "Home Alone" movies where a pair of diesels (looking like EMD F45s) on a typically LONG freight run under a bridge in snowy weather.

    I'm remembering another film that I've seen a couple of times (but can't remember the name, maybe someone can help me out with this one?) where a pair of inmates break out of a high security prison, and run toward a rail yard. They board a lashup of about 4 locos, one of which is an F unit, which in one scene makes it nearly impossible for the prisoners to make their way to the leading locomotive. They end up colliding with a caboose at one point, mangling the pilot and handrails of the leading loco.

    Another film involves a wanted (he was black, if that helps identification of this film) man who turns out to be a murderer. The man meets up with another guy who he travels with a little while, as the murderer attempts to evade the law. They eventually end up in a caboose on a snowblowing train clearing out a mountain pass (I think) at which point the man in the caboose gets killed.
  17. Pitchwife

    Pitchwife Dreamer

    This sounds a lot like "Runaway Train", although I don't remember about a caboose being hit. It's been awhile since I've seen it though. The last scene was cool with Jon Voight (the escapee) is standing on top of the engine going full speed towards the end of a dead end spur. :thumb:
  18. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    Been a while since I've seen it but I think that is from Runaway Train. Another train is trying to take a siding to clear the way but doesn't quite make it so the locos with the convicts smash it to bits...a wooden crummy I believe, so it bursts into a thousand pieces...good thing it wasn't steel. That would probably have been the end of the film right there! :)
  19. Canopus

    Canopus Member

    Well, the lead loco ended up with the majority of the mangled caboose permanently attatched to the pilot and handrails!

    I would doubt that a steel caboose would be able to derail a lashup of 4 locomotives moving at that speed, based upon my understanding of the kinetic energy of the momentum, which would be greater than the ability of the caboose to resist the impact without moving out the way, being destroyed, or a compromise between those two. It would most likely cause a ton of serious damage to the nose, cab and pilot though... IE total structural collapse of the nose, and partial destruction of the cab, as well as possibly bending the pilot in, causing the steps to collapse slightly.

    This is the way I can see it unfolding: Upon impact the far end of the caboose would probably kick out and away from the last freight car with great speed, expeding most of the kinetic energy of the impact, while absorbing the rest into the collapse of the rear of the caboose. The rear section that came into contact with the loco would raise up as the other end of the caboose digs into the ground, and as the loco pushes forward, while the truck would seperate from the frame, being struck off the pilot, possibly momentarily wedging between a tie and the pilot. Or possibly not, either way causing a partial collapse of the steps as the pilot is forced in. As the caboose is forced to rotate while the loco pushes forward (because the other end has dug into the ground and now acts as a pivot), the raised caboose body would bend in the handrails with ease, crash into the nose, then as it continued to be pushed out of the way, it would rip off the side section of the cab, falling back down to earth with a crash as the rest of the train whizzes past it. As the loco pushed past, the far end would've been moving further out away from the freight car it was attached to, ripping off the knuckle in the process - as it moved further, the back end would've been pushed further out away from the tracks. By the time the whole thing comes to a standstill, the caboose would've rotated a full 180 degrees, and the rear freight car would've sat partially derailed.

    I think way too much. :rolleyes:
  20. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

    Here's a list of train-Realted Movies

    Danger Lights (1930)
    Railroadin' (1929) "our gang comedy"
    Union Pacific (1939)
    The Iron Horse (1924)
    The spoof "The Iron Mule" (1925)
    Our Hospitality (1923)
    The Great Train Robbery (1903)
    The General (1926)
    The Locomotive Chase (1956)
    Fitzcharraldo (1982)
    Turksib (1930)
    The Steel Beast (1935)
    The Railway Children (1970)
    The Ghost Train (1941) and (1931)
    Oh, Mr. Porter (1935)
    The Girl and Her Trust (1912)
    The Lonedale Operator (1911)
    The Valley of the Giants (1919) and (1927)
    The Human Beast (1938)
    Pacifc #231 (1949)
    La Rue (1921)
    20th Century (1934)
    Prison Train (1938)
    Some like it hot (1959)
    Shanghai Express (1932)
    The Defiant Ones (1958)
    In the Heat of the night (1967)
    Nigh Mail (1936)
    Jesse James (1939)
    The Railroader (1966)
    The TrainWreckers (1905)
    The little train robbery (1904)
    Luben's Train Robbers (1904)
    The Juggrnaught (1915)

    There you go, enjoy!

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