Best train movies of all time

 
Topic moved from News by bevans on 01 Jun 2020 09:41
  NSWGR8022 Deputy Commissioner

Location: From the lands of Journalism and Free Speech
Voting for Unstoppable.

Best train movies of all time

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  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
The Train with Burt Lancaster.
  GoldenGirl Locomotive Fireman

The Train with Burt Lancaster.
freightgate
What was the name of that earlier movie (I think with Ernest Borgnine) shot during the depression era with that fabulous shot of the train entering the siding to make room for the oncoming train, and getting the lamp knocked off the caboose. Before CGI ruined all of that.
  michaelgm Chief Commissioner

Von Ryan’s express.
Runaway Train. John Voight. Eric Roberts and Rebeca DeMornay.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
michaelgmVon Ryan’s express.
Runaway Train. John Voight. Eric Roberts and Rebeca DeMornay.

Von Ryans Express is certainly my favourite.  In fact the ending scene with the walkway called the Kings Path (Caminito Del Ray)
in Malaga Spain (the location of filming) has recently been rebuilt.

Also the rail bridge is still in there in and in use.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcczjFRcVcU

or my favourite from 2010



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvGLjbjiWIE
  apw5910 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Location: Location.
https://obscuretrainmovies.wordpress.com/

https://moreobscuretrainmovies.movie.blog/

Knock yourselves out. Can find a lot of them on youtube. Most of them are not the best train movies of all time, but there are quite a few gems and surprises.
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

The train scene in The Spy Who Loved Me with James Bond, Anya Amasova and Jaws Very Happy
  hbedriver Chief Train Controller

I think Goldengirl is thinking of Emperor Of The North. Fantastic rail scenes, good story, but a bit gory in places. I think it starred Lee Marvin and Ernest Borgnine. Worth watching though.
  DCook Chief Train Controller

Location: The standard state
Does A Steam Train Passes count?
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Does A Steam Train Passes count?
DCook

Anything counts as long it is a movie and has a train it seems.

I also add this film, one of my all time favourites if you like steam.

https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/northwest_frontier
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
The Titfield Thunderbolt.
The Railway Children.
  GoldenGirl Locomotive Fireman

I think Goldengirl is thinking of Emperor Of The North. Fantastic rail scenes, good story, but a bit gory in places. I think it starred Lee Marvin and Ernest Borgnine. Worth watching though.
hbedriver
Thank you, Emperor Of The North it was.
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
The old favourite...'the Silver Streak'. with Gene Wilder & Richard Pryor.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e526IbNlQ98

Mid 70's fashions and colours, political incorrectness, improbable antics and stunts, stationary Santa Fe carriages with moving scenery, views of the line through the Rockies...it's got it all.

Mike.
  steamfreak Assistant Commissioner

Location: Wodonga, VIC
The Train with Burt Lancaster.
What was the name of that earlier movie (I think with Ernest Borgnine) shot during the depression era with that fabulous shot of the train entering the siding to make room for the oncoming train, and getting the lamp knocked off the caboose. Before CGI ruined all of that.
GoldenGirl
Emperor of the North.  I watched it again just the other day - quite enjoyable!
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
Just another late addition to the news, watched Unstoppable last night, not a bad watch for a quite Saturday evening with the Mrs, loosely based on real events in the US of A .

All the high drama of a runaway train under full power and the attempts to stop it without blowing up a large city.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unstoppable_(2010_film)

similar movies viewers may like,  Atomic Train, Narrow Margin, Runaway Train, Silver Streak.

BigShunter.
  NSWGR8022 Deputy Commissioner

Location: From the lands of Journalism and Free Speech
The bridge over the river shown in the movie (i watched it too) that must be a real bridge so where is it located?
  Lad_Porter Chief Commissioner

Location: Yarra Glen
"Unstoppable" apparently was loosely based on real events, but the way some of the characters reacted to a dangerous situation was a bit unreal.  However, it did remind me of an actual event here in Melbourne - the runaway from Broadmeadows back in 2003.  .
  KRviator Moderator

Location: Up the front
"Unstoppable" apparently was loosely based on real events, but the way some of the characters reacted to a dangerous situation was a bit unreal.  However, it did remind me of an actual event here in Melbourne - the runaway from Broadmeadows back in 2003.  .
Lad_Porter
CSX8888 set sail after the driver screwed up the power-dynamic braking transition, not allowing enough time for the contactors to setup before he notched up, instead of increasing DB, he increased traction power and didn't realise before he got down to change a set of points. Consequently, the loco powered up and off it went. Because he had a full independent application on, the deadman was suppressed by design. IIRC the 80 Class had a similar setup for controlling dynamic, though it's well over a decade since I drove one of them...

The worst part about Unstoppable to my mind was the throttle moving by itself. That's impossible and everything from that point was based on a lie. Had they had his portable radio fall and knock it, or his coffee cup, even a short in the MU cable or something it would have been more believable.

Broadmeadows was a bit different, in that the brakes released and the set rolled under gravity, even after Metrol isolated the overhead, it kept right on going.
  barkerk Station Master

TV Series back in the late 50s (32 Episodes) - Casey Jones with Alan Hale Jr. Corney, I know but a great kids show. I loved the way he spun the wheels in reverse to do an emergency stop. All 32 episodes can be easily found using Google.
  ANR Deputy Commissioner

I was at the dentist the other day and on the flat panel TV above my head was an old black and white movie with steam trains. Visually spectacular. Then I noticed the three stooges.

I could not stop laughing. Dentist had to stop the work. He thought I was in pain during the procedure. Much of their antics would never survive today's PC world.

OT, but in a previous life I was sitting in another dentist chair and they played Seinfeld. I hardly watched the program on TV, but the episide in the surgery was side splitting funny. No laughing gas needed.
  hexeris61 Beginner

Breakheart Pass with Charlie Bronson from 1975. Not the best train movie but some nice train scenes in it.
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
TV Series back in the late 50s (32 Episodes) - Casey Jones with Alan Hale Jr. Corney, I know but a great kids show. I loved the way he spun the wheels in reverse to do an emergency stop.
"barkerk"
My father, a Rolling Stock Engineer with Victorian Railways, never knew whether to laugh or cry when he saw that, but did repeatedly say that it was absolute nonsense and a great way to stuff the loco completely.
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Under Seige 2
Disaster on the coastliner ( william Shatner in it )
Runaway train
Unstoppable
the Titfiels Thnderbolt
Come midnight monday (tv)

and all the other are good train shows.

Regards,
David Head
  route14 Chief Commissioner

With the Crazy Eights, it makes me wonder, why would it be designed to operate both traction and dynamic braking on the same lever with the same notches, and rely on a selector to alter the two completely opposite operations?  Nowadays master control seems to be the standard so you have to move the lever (or "mouse" as those originally on C1 class trams) to the opposite direction.  At least you would need two separate levers for throttle and braking as on the Sprinters so they are much less likely to go wrong.
  Old Northern Locomotive Fireman

As much as I enjoyed Silver Streak, it's a bit too frenetic for repeated viewing.  My vote for the best train movie of all time would go to Oh, Mr Porter!  



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