Spirit of America Bookstore

Railroad  Film  Festival
Page One

cameraman G.W. 'Billy' Bitzer on the front of locomotive 856, circa 1899          on this page:

books on railroad movies

collections & documentaries

railroad movies, A thru F

on page two:
railroad movies, G thru O

on page three:
railroad movies, P thru S

on page four:
railroad movies, T thru Z

Do you hear that whistle down the line?
I figure that it's engine number forty-nine,
She's the only one that'll sound that way.
On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe
See the ol' smoke risin' round the bend,
I reckon that she knows she's gonna meet a friend,
Folks around these parts get the time o' day
From the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe

— partial lyrics of Oscar-winning song "On The Atchison, Topeka and The Santa Fe"
from the musical feature film "The Harvey Girls" [1946]

see also Spirit of America Bookstore's American Railroads Pages

on page one: top of pageLinksMuseumsClass I RailroadsClass II RailroadsShortline Railroads

on page two: top of pageRailroad HistoryNarrow GaugeHistoric Rail Lines

on page three:  top of pageTranscontinental RailroadsRailroad MogulsRailroad Recordings

Spirit of America Bookstore's 'Railroads in Fiction' Pages
Spirit of America Bookstore's Railroads in Fiction - Books For Young Railfans Page

Spirit of America Bookstore's 'Non-Fiction Books About Railroads' Pages

America's Shortline Railroads Page

Books  on  Railroad  Movies
browse Railroad History books at Amazon

Railways In The Cinema book by John Huntley  
"Railways In The Cinema" [1969] by John Huntley
Littlehampton Book Services, U.K. 9x6 hardcover [9/69] out of print/used
"Railways On The Screen" [1993] by John Huntley
Ian Allan Publng, U.K. 9½x7 hardcover [4/93] out of print/used
The Movie Railroads book by Larry Jensen  
"The Movie Railroads" [1981] by Larry Jensen
Darwin Publns 11x8¾ hardcover [6/81] out of print/used
Parallel Tracks / Silent Cinema  "Parallel Tracks: The Railroad & Silent Cinema" [1997]
by Lynne Kirby

Duke Univ Press 9¼x6 pb [6/97] for $23.95
Duke Univ Press 9½x6½ hardcover [12/97] for $84.95
The Civil War in Cinema book by Brian Steel Wills  "Gone With The Glory: The Civil War In Cinema" [2006]
by Brian Steel Wills

Kindle Edition from Rowman & Littlefield [3/2013] for $9.99
Rowman & Littlefield Publrs 8½x5¼ pb [10/2011] for $16.16
Rowman & Littlefield Publrs 9½x6¼ hardcover [10/2006] out of print/used

Train Magazine 100 Greatest Train Movies special issue by John Farr  "Train Magazine 100 Greatest Train Movies" Special Issue [Jan 2010]
by journalist & film scholar John Farr

the top ten films listed by Trains Magazine are: 1. “The Train” [1964] directed by John Frankenheimer; 2. “North By Northwest”
[1959] directed by Alfred Hitchcock; 3. “Twentieth Century” [1934] directed by Howard Hawks; 4. “The Lady Vanishes” [1938] directed by Alfred Hitchcock; 5. “La Bête Humaine” [1938] directed by Jean Renoir; 6. “High Noon” [1952] directed by Fred Zinnemann; 7. “Brief Encounter” [1945] directed by David Lean; 8. “The General” [1927] by Buster Keaton; 9. “Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid” [1969] directed by George Roy Hill; and 10. “Murder On The Orient Express” [1974] directed by Sidney Lumet

not found on Amazon • still available for purchase (2016) on the Kalmbach Publng website for $9.95

Civil War Cinema book by Jenny Barrett  
"Shooting The Civil War: Cinema, History and American
National Identity" [2009] by Jenny Barrett

I.B. Tauris 9¼x6 pb [3/2009] for $27.00
I.B. Tauris hardcover [3/2009] for $65.09

Railroad  Documentaries  &  Collections
browse DVDs about trains/railroads {returns 800+ titles} at Amazon

Pentrex Railroad Entertainment [est. 1984] in Pasadena, California

Arizona Hobbies books & DVDs [est. 1999] in Tucson, Arizona
Highball Productions / Pentrex railroad videos [est. 2002] in Tucson, Arizona

Steam Train Videos [est. 2011] by James Parfrey of Boulder, Colorado

Classic Railroad Videos from A&R Productions [est. 1987?] in Kensington, CT

Train Video Depot [est. 2008] based in Berkeley, California

TravelVideoStore.com 'the largest online travel video store in the world' [est. 2003] in Tampa, Florida

dozens of railroad videos by Greg Scholl Video Productions [est. 1990s] in Batavia, Ohio

Classic Railroad Movies DVD box set  "Classic Railroad Movies" DVD Box Set [2007]
Reel Enterprises b&w DVD set [12/2007] for $19.95
contains 4 b&w feature films: "Broadway Limited" [1941] starring Victor McLaglen; "Buckskin Frontier" [1943] starring Richard Dix, Lee J. Cobb & Jane Wyatt; "The Hurricane Express" edited serial [1932] starring John Wayne; and "Terror By Night" [1946] starring Basil Rathbone {as Sherlock Holmes} & Nigel Bruce {as Watson}
                                          

"Edison & Biograph Trains, 1896-1907" compilation videos
watch free 1959 Blackhawk Films video [14:22] online at YouTube {best with sound off}
watch 9/2009 video with narration [7:28] online at YouTube
watch better quality 7/2010 video with added music [7:16] online at YouTube

"Passenger Train" 2-minute silent short [George Albert Smith Films, UK 1897]
not found at either Internet Archive or YouTube • bare credits at IMDb

"Passenger Train" 4½-minute silent short [Philip Wolff, UK 1898]
not found at either Internet Archive or YouTube • bare credits at IMDb

"Passenger Train" silent short [John Wrench & Son, UK 1899]
not found at either Internet Archive or YouTube • bare credits at IMDb

"First Class Passengers Arriving By Train" 2-minute silent short [Warwick Trading, UK 1901]
not found at either Internet Archive or YouTube • bare credits at IMDb

"Arrival By Special Train of Second Class Passengers" silent short [Warwick Trading, UK 1901]
not found at either Internet Archive or YouTube • bare credits at IMDb

"Arrival and Departure of Two Passenger Trains" 3-minute silent short [Warwick Trading, UK 1901]
not found at either Internet Archive or YouTube • bare credits at IMDb

"Phantom Ride On The Canadian Pacific" 2-minute silent short [Edison Mfg. Co. May 1903]
not found at either Internet Archive or YouTube • bare credits at IMDb

Fox Movietone "Rhapsody of The Rails" short film [1933]
b&w educational film with music & intertitles; features engine #5336
watch movie [9:08] online at YouTube

New York Central Lines Presents "The Flight of The Century!: The Most Famous Train In The World" short film [1935]
watch movie [badly framed version 17:46] online at YouTube
slightly-better version at YouTube (in two parts): watch part 1 [8:31]watch part 2 [8:18]

New York Central System Presents "The Steam Locomotive" short film [1938]
b&w promotional film featuring Hudson-type locomotives, including #5226, #5235, #5238, #5252, #5262, #5281, #5302 & #5314
watch movie [18:46] online at YouTube

New York Central System Presents "The Freight Yard" short film [1940s]
b&w promotional film featuring the Dewitt Yard outside of Syracuse, New York
watch movie [24:44] online at YouTube

New York Central System Presents "The Railroad Signal" short film [1948]
watch movie [17:26] online at YouTube

1940 'The Passenger Train' educational short film  "The Passenger Train" [E.R.P.I. 1940]
featuring B&O diesel train leaving Baltimore and AT&SF diesel train at the station at Lamy, NM (latter portion duplicated in 1954 version)
Produced by Erpi Classroom Films, Arthur I. Gates PhD, and Celeste G. Peardon MA
not listed at IMDb • watch movie [11:21] online at Internet Archive

Vintage Railroad Films, 1940s to 1960s
2011 list of 30 films & videos watchable online at YouTube

color title for 'Trains Wheels A-Rolling' color documentary film of 1948  
souvenir 1949 Official Guide Book of the 'Wheels A-Rolling' Pageant - cover price 15 cents  
"Trains - Wheels A-Rolling: 100 Years of American Railroad Progress" [1948]
Promotiional theatrical film for the Chicago Railroad Fair of 1948 and 1949; includes the Pageant performed each day, featuring Henry Ford's 1829 "Rocket" replica; 1831 "John Bull" (1927 B&O replica); 1830 "Best Friend of Charleston" replica; "DeWitt Clinton" (N.Y.C.R.R. 1893 replica); 1837 4-2-0 "Lafayette" (B&O 1927 replica); 1830 "Tom Thumb" (1927 B&O replica); 1832 "Atlantic" (1892 replica); original 1832 4-2-0 "Pioneer" & tender & coach; original 1856 B&O 4-4-0 locomotive #25 "William Mason" (Lincoln funeral train); Rock Island construction train; U.P.R.R. 4-4-0 #119 (modified 1892 CB&Q #35); Central Pacific 4-4-0 "Jupiter" (modified 1873 Virginia & Truckee RR 'Genoa'); AT&SF loco and two yellow coaches; 1892 Burlington 4-6-0 loco #637; Porter 0-4-0T Northern Pacific Railway #1 "Minnetonka"; 1861 St. Paul & Pacific RR 4-4-0 loco #1 "William Crooks" & combine & coach; horse-drawn Chicago City Railway Archer Avenue streetcar #10; self-powered cable car; Empire State Express locomotive #999 & green coach; several early motorcars & firetruck; 1905 Chicago & Eastern Illinois 4-4-2 loco #222 & maroon coach; 1934 CB&Q streamline "Pioneer Zephyr" diesel railcar; C&EI diesel locomotive set #1403; Burlington diesel locomotive set #129 — along with any number of horses and buggies and wagons and stagecoaches
Produced by Lenox R. Lohr & D.M. MacMaster; written by Edward Hungerford; directed by Helen Tieken Geraghty; narrated by Gilbert Reade & Judith Jeffrey, with Aristedes Copulos as Abraham Lincoln {at 15:00}
not listed at IMDb • watch movie [33:46] online at YouTube

Southern Pacific Railroad Presents "This Is My Railroad" short film [1952]
watch movie [28:58] online at YouTube

1954 'The Passenger Train' educational short film  "The Passenger Train (Second Edition)" [E.B. Films 1954]
Young Bobby Watson travels alone on the Santa Fe Chief streamliner from Kansas City to Lamy, New Mexico to spend the summer on his uncle's ranch
Produced by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, Milan Herzog, and Ernest Horn PhD
not listed at IMDb • watch movie [10:47] online at Internet Archive

Assn. of American Railroads Presents "Big Trains Rolling" short film [Dudley Pictures 1955] narrated by Art Gilmore
watch movie [25:05] online at YouTube

"Road of Iron" short film [Canada 1955] /tt0227394/

mis-labelled "Once Upon The Wabash" short film [1957]
b&w promotional film directed by Alan S. Lee; young couple are magically placed aboard the 'Blue Bird' streamliner
watch movie [24:18] online at YouTube

B.B.C. Television Four Archives - Steam Railways
twenty-one BBC Televison programmes [1962-88] that you can watch online

"Metroliner" short film [indep 1975] by Victoria Hochberg; being preserved by NYWIF (2014)\

"The Road Taken" docufilm [Canada 1996] /tt0117491/
about Afro-Canadian railroad porters http://www.nfb.ca/film/road_taken

"Walt Disney's Backyard Railroad"
watch 3/2009 video with narration [7:37] online at YouTube

"Amtrak: The First 40 Years, 1970-2011" [Amtrak 2011]
not listed on IMDb • no longer available on DVD for $24.95 at the Amtrak Store (2017) nor found on Amazon
watch promo video [2:51] at YouTube

"Amtrak Trains at Burbank Station" [2011]
8/2011 video [7:45] of trains passing the Burbank, California Amtrak station,
including the Ringling Bros. circus train

like other pages, this one kept growing, especially in this section - so the 'Documentaries on DVD' were cut to
Railroad Film Festival Page 5 in Summer 2015

animated Union Pacific Challenger 4-6-6-4 steam locomotive

The Three Stooges in "A Pain In The Pullman"
[Columbia June 1936 short]
title card for Three Stooges 1936 short 'A Pain In The Pullman'  Stooges Moe & Larry & Curly are small time actors traveling by train to an engagement, along with their pet monkey. They manage to spoil the trip for quite a few of the other passengers including the conductor and a famous movie star . . . • Co-produced by Jules White; written & directed by Jack White; starring Moe & Larry & Curly, with Eddie Laughton, James C. Morton, Bud Jamison, Loretta Andrews, Gail Arnold, Bobby Burns, Phyllis Crane, Jesse De Vorska, Mary Lou Dix, Ethelreda Leopold, Anne O'Neal, Blanche Payson, Hilda Title, Ray Turner & Wilna Wilde
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
triple-feature b&w VHS [2/99] out of prodn/used
available on "Three Stooges Collection, Volume One: 1934-1936" [2007]
Sony b&w DVD [10/2007] 19 digitally-remastered shorts on 2 disks for $13.39

"A Romance of The Rail" silent short
[Edison Mfg. Co. Oct 1903]
'A Romance of The Rail' 1903 Edison short by Edwin S. Porter  A man & woman dressed in white meet at the train station, board a Lackawanna Limited passenger train, chat on the observation car platform, get married by a preacher in white, then debark at the Delaware Water Gap station in Pennsyl-vania • Film by Edwin S. Porter is essentially an advertisement for the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad as being soot- and dust-free.
full credits at IMDbwatch online [4:31] at YouTube

"A Romance of The Rails" silent short [Essanay Film Mfg. Co. May 1918]
A documentary about electric-powered railroads, starring Virginia Valli • bare credits at IMDb

"A Ticket To Tomahawk" comedy Western [Fox April 1950] /tt0043046/
Partly filmed on the Durango & Silverton RR in Colorado

"Abbott and Costello Meet The Keystone Kops"
[Universal Pictures Feb 1955]
Abbott & Costello Meet The Keystone Kops color publicity photo  Circa 1912, Harry & Willie buy the defunct Edison Studios from a crook; after they realize that they were hoodwinked, they follow the crook to Hollywood and find him posing as a film director with plans to steal the studio payroll; includes old time steam & handcar railroad footage and biplane stunts • Directed by Charles Lamont; starring Bud Abbott & Lou Costello, Fred Clark, Lynn Bari, 'Slapsie Maxie' Rosenbloom, Frank Wilcox & Roscoe Ates, with cameos by Mack Sennett and original Keystone Cops Heinie Conklin, Harold Goodwin & Hank Mann
color photo {at left} poster in 3 sizes from Amazon from $5.99
available on DVD as part of "Best of A&C, Volume 4" [2005]
Universal Studios Home Ent b&w DVD set [10/2005] 6 movies on 2 disks for $24.49
Universal b&w VHS [1/98] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"All Steamed Up" sound short [Fox June 1929] /tt0019631/
30-minute b&w sound short directed by Norman Taurog; co-written by & starring Bobby Clark

"The Alphabet Train" [1998]
The Alphabet Train video   Hour-long family video program: "A to Z learning fun, with lots of cool trains!"
Co-directed by Les Jarrett, written & co-directed by Michelle Schnieder
Big Kids Prodns color DVD [2011] for $6.36
Big Kids Prodns color DVD [3/2003] for $14.95
Big Kids Prodns color VHS [9/99] for $8.70
credits at IMDbofficial movie webpage

"Amok Train" aka "Beyond the Door III" horror feature
[Columbia Pictures/Epic Ent. 1989]
Amok Train / Beyond the Door III horror movie  Filmed in Yugoslavia; a group of American students are lured to Europe by their professor to observe ancient pagan rituals, but are instead to be sacrificed, including one virgin girl who is chosen to be Satan's bride for eternity; the students escape by train, but the train starts killing them . . . • Produced by Ovidio G. Assonitis; directed by Jeff Kwitny; written by Sheila Goldberg; starring Bo Svenson, Mary Kohnert, Victoria Zinny, Savina Gersak, Sarah Conway Ciminera, William Geiger, Alex Vitale, Ron Williams, Renee Rancourt, Jeremy Sanchez, Igor Pervic, Susan Zelouf, Tania Alexander, Mario Novelli, Ratko Tankosic, Milutin Micovic, Olga Poznatov, Dusan Bulajic, Dusan Tacic, Predrag Milinkovic
Shriek Show widescreen color DVD [3/2008] for $9.99
full credits at IMDb

"Arizona Express" silent feature [Fox March 1924]
publicity still/lobby card from 'Arizona Express' 1924 silent feature  'Arizona Express' 1924 silent feature  A man is framed for the murder of his bank president uncle and sentenced to hang; his sister and a mail clerk find evidence that may clear him, but they have to get the new info to the governor in time for a stay of execution.
Directed by Tom Buckingham; written by Lincoln J. Carter, Frederick J. Jackson & Robert N. Lee; starring Pauline Starke, Evelyn Brent, Anne Cornwall, Harold Goodwin, David Butler, Francis McDonald, Frank Beal, William Humphrey, Otto Hoffman, Bud Jamison
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • prints exist only at MoMA in New York
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"Atlas Shrugged, Part I"
[Strike Prodns/Rocky Mountain Pictures April 2011]
poster for Atlas Shrugged Part 1 movie  John Galt leads an intellectual strike to 'stop the engine of the world', while Dagny Taggart fights bureaucrats and mobs of looters to keep the Taggart Transcontinental Railroad alive. The Part I story ends with the disappearance of Ellis Wyatt and the burning of the oil fields. Produced by The Strike Productions & John Aglialoro; directed by Paul Johansson; script by Brian Patrick O’Toole, based on the classic 1957 novel by Ayn Rand [1905-82]; starring Taylor Schilling {as Dagny Taggart}, Grant Bowler {as Hank Reardon}, Paul Johansson {as John Galt}, Michael Lerner, Matthew Marsdan, Graham Beckel {as Ellis Wyatt} & Jsu Garcia {as Francisco D'Anconia}
Fox widescreen color Blu-ray [11/2011] for $19.99
Fox widescreen color DVD [11/2011] for $12.49
full credits at IMDbofficial movie site
February 2011 official trailer [2:26] on YouTube

"Atlas Shrugged, Part II: The Strike" [Strike Prodns Oct 2012]
poster for Atlas Shrugged Part 2 movie  The change of actors is bothersome, and the budget restrictions obvious (i.e. makeup & hair); storywise, the critical Taggart Tunnel is destroyed by incompetence, the government suspends all rights, Francisco delivers his money speech at James Taggart's wedding, and Part 2 ends with Dagny crash-landing her airplane in Galt's Gulch. Produced by The Strike Prodns & John Aglialoro, with film expert Duncan Scott; starring Samantha Mathis {as Dagny}, Jason Beghe {as Hank Rearden}, Esai Morales {as Francisco d'Anconia}, Patrick Fabian, Kim Rhodes, Richard T. Jones, D.B. Sweeney {as John Galt}, Paul McCrane & John Rubinstein
Fox Home Ent. widescreen color Blu-ray [2/2013] for $8.17
Fox Home Ent. widescreen color DVD [2/2013] for $12.15
full credits at IMDbofficial movie siteSeptember 2012 official trailer [2:15] on YouTube

"Atlas Shrugged, Part III: Who Is John Galt?"  
[Strike Prodns for July 2014? release]
Principal photography began in January 2014 and wrapped in February 2014; adapted & directed by James Manera; starring Rob Morrow {as Hank Rearden}, Laura Regan {as Dagny Taggart}, Eric Allan Kramer {as Ragnar Danneskjöld}, Kristoffer Polaha {as John Galt}, Joaquim de Almeida {as Francisco d'Anconia}, Peter Mackenzie, Greg Germann • latest info at IMDbofficial movie site

History of the Atlas Shrugged Movie Trilogy in Kindle format by Joan Carter  
"The History of the Atlas Shrugged Movie Trilogy" for Kindle [2014]
by {associate producer} Joan Carter

Kindle Edition 74-page report from Amazon Digital Services [7/2014] for $4.99

for more details on the novel and the 3-part movie, see
Maison d'Être Philosophy Bookstore's "Atlas Shrugged" Page

"Atomic Train" TV movie [NBC-TV May 1999]
Atomic Train 1999 TV movie  Employee at a nuclear waste company decides to save money by transporting an obsolete Russian nuclear bomb on a regular freight train; but that chemical-laden train has a 'brake failure' and becomes a runaway heading toward Denver . . . Directed by David Jackson & Dick Lowry; starring Rob Lowe, Kristin Davis, Esai Morales, John Finn, Mena Suvari, Erik King, Blu Mankuma, Don S. Davis, Sean Smith, Edward Herrmann
LionsGate color DVD [9/99] out of prodn/used
LionsGate color VHS [9/99] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDb

"Bad Day At Black Rock"
[M.G.M. Jan 1955]
Bad Day At Black Rock  After World War II, a one-armed man arrives at a whistle-stop town; he is shunned and his life is endangered as the townspeople protect their dark secrets. Directed by John Sturges; starring Spencer Tracy, Robert Ryan, Anne Francis, Dean Jagger, Walter Brennan, Ernest Borgnine & Lee Marvin; Oscar nominations for Best Director, Best Script, Best Actor (Tracy)
Warner widescreen color DVD [5/2005] for $14.99
Turner Home Video color VHS [8/96] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb

"The Battle of The Rails" (La Bataille du Rail)
[France Feb 1946, USA Dec 1949]
Battle of The Rails / La Bataille du Rail 1946 film  French railroad workers risked their lives to assist France's organized resistance during the German occupation of World War II (as did the film crew in the making of this film!) • Written & directed by René Clément; dialogue by Colette Audry; narrated by Charles Boyer; cast of amateur actors; won Intl. Jury Prize at the first Cannes Film Festival; also won the inaugural Prix Méliès from the French Syndicate of Cinema Critics
FACETS b&w subtitled DVD [1/2006] for $19.99
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
watch opening 7½ minutes [4/2010 upload; 7:29] online at YouTube

"Beggars of Life" silent feature
[Paramount/Lasky Sept 1928] /tt0018684/
Directed by William A. Wellman; starring Wallace Beery, Louise Brooks & Richard Arlen; the train wreck in this movie
(an actual derailment) was filmed in Carrizo Gorge in the Southern California desert; the wreckage is still there.
available on "The Actors: Rare Films of Louise Brooks, Volume 3" [2009]
Classic Video Streams b&w/color DVD [12/2009] for $16.99

"La Bestia Humana" [Argentina 1954] /tt0201478/
Adaptation of Emile Zola's 1890 novel "La Bête Humaine"; directed by Daniel Tinayre

"Die Bestie im Menschen" silent film [Germany 1920] /tt0211241/
Adaptation of Emile Zola's 1890 novel "La Bête Humaine"; directed by Ludwig Wolff

"La Bête Humaine" [France 1938]
Adaptation of Emile Zola's 1890 novel; adapted & directed by Jean Renoir; starring Jean Gabin, Simone Simon,
Fernand Ledoux, Blanchette Brunoy, Jacques Berlioz • full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"Bhowani Junction" [1956]
directed by George Cukor; starring Ava Gardner & Stewart Granger
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhowani_Junction_(film)
based on the 1954 novel by John Masters set in India
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhowani_Junction

"Big Easy Express" concert & documentary film [video release 2012]
Big Easy Express concert tour documentary  The Railroad Revival Tour performed six outdoor concerts in seven days in April 2011, traveling in vintage private railroad cars from Oakland to Los Angeles (Ports of Call in San Pedro), California; to Tempe, Arizona; to Marfa & Austin, Texas; to New Orleans, Louisiana. Headline bands were Mumford & Sons and Old Crow Medicine Show and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. The movie did not receive theatrical release; the 2012 tour was cancelled. • Directed by Emmett Malloy; film won Grammy Award for Best Longform Music Video
Alliance Ent. Special widescreen color Blu-ray/DVD combo [7/2012] 2 disks for $9.31
Alliance Ent. widescreen color Blu-ray [7/2012] for $30.50
full credits at IMDbofficial movie websitetour entry at Wikipedia
watch 2/2012 official trailer [2:56] online at YouTube

"Big Thunder" TV series [Disney/ABC-TV 2013?]  
Announced 1/2013: A.B.C. ordered a pilot for the Western series based on Disneyland's Big Mountain Thunder Railroad ride from writer Jason Fuchs
& exec producer Chris Morgan; story follows a brilliant doctor in late XIXth Century New York whose family is given a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity to relocate to a frontier mining town run by a powerful, but mysterious tycoon • not yet listed at IMDb

"The Billion Dollar Hobo" [indep Nov 1977]
Billion Dollar Hobo movie starring Tim Conway  The bumbling heir to a fortune must qualify by traveling the country as a penniless hobo.
Co-produced, co-written & directed by Stuart E. McGowan; starring Tim Conway,
Will Geer, Eric Weston & London the Dog
M.G.M. Video widescreen color DVD [10/2002] for $19.88
Hallmark Video color VHS [4/96] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
novelization by Vic Crume [1978]
Scholastic mass pb [6/79] out of print/40+ used
Scholastic mass pb [1978] out of print/used
Scholastic hardcover [1978] out of print/used

"The Block Signal" silent feature  [Sept 1926]
The Block Signal silent feature  From 1910 to 1915, American railroads replaced mechanical semaphore signal systems with electric block signal systems that used red and green lights; one result was the discovery of the many railroad employees, including senior locomotive drivers, who were red-green color blind. That problem is the basis for this tale of romance and adventure, which includes lots of railroad footage, even a head-on collision! Co-written & directed by Frank O'Connor; co-written by F. Oakley Crawford & Edward J. Meagher; starring Ralph Lewis, Jean Arthur, Hugh Allan, George Chesebro, Sidney Franklin, Leon Holmes & Missouri Royer
Alpha Home Ent. b&w DVD [12/2013] for $5.98
credits at IMDb

"Boxcar Bertha"  [1972]
Directed by Martin Scorsese; starring Barbara Hershey & David Carradine • full credits at IMDb

"The Brave Engineer" cartoon short
[Walt Disney Pictures March 1950]
The Brave Engineer Disney cartoon  7-minute Disney-fied version of the Casey Jones legend: Technicolor animation of "The Ballad of Casey Jones" song by Eddie Newton, Wallace Saunders & T. Lawrence Seibert, performed by The King's Men – with a happy/comical ending.
Co-written & directed by Jack Kinney; narrated & sung by Jerry Colonna
credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
available on the "Disney's American Legends" video & DVD
Walt Disney Video color DVD [2/2002] for $10.67
Walt Disney Video color VHS [2/2002] for $13.43
watch full color short [7:36] at YouTube

"Breakheart Pass" [1975]

"The Bridge On The River Kwai"
[Columbia Dec 1957]
Bridge on the River Kwai movie poster  British soldiers imprisoned by the Japanese are ordered to work on construction of the Burma-Siam railway. Directed by David Lean; based on the novel by Pierre Boulle; starring William Holden, Jack Hawkins, Alec Guinness & Sessue Hayakawa; won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Script Adaptation, Best Actor (AG), Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing & Best Music Score, won DGA & 4 BAFTA Awards
Sony widescreen color DVD [11/2000] for $14.49
Sony widescreen color Limited Edition DVD [11/2000] 2 disks for $34.99
Sony widescreen color VHS [4/97] out of prodn/used
Sony color VHS [7/94] out of prodn/many used
Sony soundtrack CD [3/95] out of [prodn/used
full credits from IMDb
11"x17" red poster from Amazon for $9.99
11"x17" yellow poster from Amazon for $9.99
11"x17" white poster from Amazon for $9.99
Bridge Over The River Kwai novel  
"The Bridge Over The River Kwai" [1952] by Pierre Boulle [1912-94]
Presidio Press 8½x5½ pb [8/2007] for $10.17
Bantam mass pb [9/84] out of print/used
Amereon 8¾x5¾ hardcover [7/88] for $21.51

"Brief Encounter"  [1945]
full credits at IMDb

"Broadway Limited"  [Hal Roach / United Artists June 1941]
Produced by Hal Roach; directed by Gordon Douglas; starring Victor McLaglen, Marjorie Woodworth,
Dennis O'Keefe, Patsy Kelly & Zasu Pitts; full credits at IMDb

"Buckskin Frontier"  [United Artists May 1943]
Starring Richard Dix, Lee J. Cobb, Jane Wyatt, Albert Dekker, Victor Jory & George Reeves; full credits at IMDb

"The Bullet Train"  [Toei Company Japan July 1975, USA 1976]
alternate titles "Panic im Tokio Express", "Shinkansen Daibakuha", and "Super Express 109"
Bullet Train movie from Japan  Crooks have planted a bomb on a Japanese express train that is set to explode if the train slows down – unless a ransom is paid. Co-written & directed by Jun'ya Satô; starring Ken Takakura, Shin-ichi 'Sonny' Chiba, Kei Yamamoto, Eiji Gô, Akira Oda, Fumio Watanabe, Raita Ryu; won Kinema Junpo Readers' Choice Award for Best Film
Crash Cinema Media widescreen color DVD [4/2002] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"The Burning Train"  [B.R. Films India March 1980]
The Burning Train classic film from India  A railroad employee who has worked many years to implement the Super Express train is hindered by sabotage. Co-produced by B.R. Chopra; co-written & directed by Ravi Chopra; co-written by Kam-leshwar; music by Rahul Dev Burman, lyrics by Sahir; 'all-star cast' including Dharmendra, Hema Malini, Vinod Khanna, Parveen Babi, Neetu Singh, Danny Denzongpa, Vinod Mehra, Jeetendra, Simi Garewal, Nazir Hussain, Mukri, Kushboo, Asrani & Ranjeet; double soundtrack CD contains seven songs from "The Burning Train" and six songs from "Alibaba Aur 40 Chor"
Filmcity widescreen color DVD [10/2006] for $6.56
MoserBaer Hindi w/English subtitles widescreen color DVD [undated] out of prodn/used
Saregama double soundtrack CD [undated] 13 tracks for $14.99
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"Bwana Devil" filmed in Natural Vision 3-D
[United Artists Nov 1952]
Bwana Devil color stereoscopic 3-D movie directed by Arch Oboler  The first color stereoscopic 3-D feature film - "A lion in your lap! A lover in your arms!"
Two man-eating lions are attacking workers building a railroad in Africa. Co-produced, written & directed by Arch Oboler; starring Robert Stack, Barbara Britton and Nigel Bruce
24"x36" poster from Amazon for $19.99 (plus 2 other sizes)
not available on DVD; full credits at IMDb

"Caillou" children's cartoon TV series [1997-2010]
Caillou with a toy train  Caillou is a very curious and and imaginative and adventurous 4-year-old boy; the original animated TV series was produced in French for broadcast in Canada; series was later re-dubbed in English and broadcast on P.B.S. in U.S.A; YouTube includes several episodes about trains, which are in Spanish.
based on the books from Chouette Publishingseries credits at IMDbseries entry at Wikipedia
"Caillou's Train Trip & Other Adventures" on DVD
30-minute P.B.S. color DVD [8/2004] for $3.98
80-minute P.B.S. color DVD [8/2004] for $5.99

"Pasajeros al Tren (Passengers On The Train)"
watch Spanish-language cartoon [6/2012 upload; 3:20] online at YouTube

"Caillou Viajando en Metro (Traveling By Subway)"
watch Spanish-language cartoon [11/2013 upload; 7:05] online at YouTube

"El Rayo Exprés (Lightning Ball Express)"
episode credits at IMDbwatch Spanish-language cartoon [3/2015 upload; 7:10] online at YouTube

"Canadian Pacific" Western feature [Fox May 1949]
Canadian Pacific Western feature film starring Randolph Scott  Filmed in Cinecolor; location filming in Alberta & British Columbia; a surveyor party for the Canadian Pacific Railroad battles fur trappers who oppose the building of the railroad and are stirring up an Indian rebellion. Directed by Edwin L. Marin; written by Jack DeWitt & Kenneth Gamet; original music by Dimitri Tiomkin; starring Randolph Scott, Jane Wyatt, J. Carrol Naish, Victor Jory, Nancy Olson, Robert Barrat, Walter Sande, Don Haggerty, Grandon Rhodes, Mary Kent, John Parrish, John Hamilton, Dick Wessel, Howard Negley, George Chandler, Kermit Maynard, Norman Jewison & Chief Yowlachie
Hollywood's Attic color DVD [undated] out of prodn/used
GoZillaFlix color DVD [undated] out of prodn/used
Movies Unlimited color VHS [undated] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"Canadian Pacific" 9-minute documentary [1974] /tt2333356/
"Canadian Pacific II" 11-minute documentary [1975] /tt2334864/

"Casey Jones" silent feature [Rayart Pictures Dec 1927]
sheet music cover for 1909 'Casey Jones, The Brave Engineer' comedy song  Casey Jones 1927 silent feature  Based on 'the internationally famous song success' by T. Lawrence Seibert & Eddie Newton; Casey's beloved daughter dies in a trainwreck during the opening song sequence; thereafter, Casey and his son, a lowly baggage handler, fight together against a gang of train wreckers. Directed by Charles J. Hunt; written by Arthur Hoerl; starring Ralph Lewis {as Casey Jones}, Kate Price, Al St. John, Jason Robards Sr. {as Casey Jr.), Anne Sheridan & Brooks Benedict
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDb

"Casey Jones" TV series
[KTTV/Screen Gems Oct 1957-May 1958]
title frame from family TV series 'Casey Jones'  publicity photo from family TV series 'Casey Jones': Mary Lawrence, Alan Hale Jr., Bobby Clark & dog Cinders in the cab of locomotive #1  
Largely non-violent 32-episode half-hour b&w TV series filmed at
Corriganville Ranch; starring Alan Hale Jr., Bobby Clark, Mary
Lawrence, Eddy Waller, Dub Taylor & dog Cinders
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • credits at IMDb

"Chartroose Caboose" musical comedy [1960]

"Chennai Express" Bollywood movie [India Aug 2013]
Chennai Express 2013 Bollywood box-office smash  A 40-year-old bachelor in Mumbai is tasked with delivering half of his grandfather's ashes to Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, South India; he barely makes the express train to Chennai and helps a girl and four men also running after the train; turns out that the girl is the daughter of a Tamil Nadu gangster and she is being kidnapped by thugs who are her cousins . . .
Location filming in India (Goa, Hyderabad, Kerala, Maharashtra, Mumbai) and Jakarta, Indonesia; directed by Rohit Shetty; starring Deepika Padukone, Shah Rukh Khan, Satyaraj, Nikitin Dheer, Priyamani, Mukesh Tiwari, Kamini Kaushal; film currently ranks as the seventh-highest-grossing Indian film of all time
U.T.V. T Series color Blu-ray [10/2013] for $14.75
U.T.V. T Series color DVD w/English subtitles [10/2013] 2 disks for $9.35
U.T.V. color DVD [10/2013] for $12.27
U.T.V. T Series color DVD [10/2013] 2 disks for $13.19
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
watch 6/2013 Hindi-language official trailer [2:25] online at YouTube

"Chuggington" [BBC-TV 2008 to present]
three main characters of the 'Chuggington' BBC-TV series: Koko, Brewster & Wilson  The "Chuggington" TV series was designed for 3-to-6-year-olds and shown an various B.B.C. channels in U.K. and licensed to Australia, France & Germany. The ten-minute segments were shown within other children's programs; some 4-minute shows were also produced. Production company Chapman Entertainment ran into financial difficulties, blamed on poor toy sales; in September 2013, DreamWorks Animation / Classic Media purchased the Chapman film library. DreamWorks is planning to release new feature-length compilations on DVD in 2013. Region 2 DVDs are available in French, Italian & Japanese.
series credits at IMDbofficial websiteseries entry at Wikipedia

"Chuggington: Let's Ride The Rails [2009] containing six episodes
Anchor Bay 62-minute widescreen color DVD [3/2009] for $6.98

"Action Stations" [2009] containing six episodes
A.I.S. Video widescreen color DVD [11/2010] for $16.98

"Wheels To The Rails" [2010] containing six episodes
Region 2 widescreen color DVD [11/2010] out of prodn/used

"Chuggington: Chuggers On Safari" [2011]
A.I.S. Video widescreen color DVD [5/2011] for $16.98

"Chuggington: It's Training Time" [2011]
Anchor Bay 62-minute widescreen color DVD [8/2011] for $7.78

"Chuggington: The Chugger Championship" [2011]
Starz / Anchor Bay widescreen 61-minute color DVD [10/2011] for $11.26

"Chuggington: Traintastic Adventures" [2012]
Anchor Bay 61-minute widescreen color DVD [8/2012] for $14.42

"Chuggington: Safari Adventures" [2013]
Anchor Bay 61-minute widescreen color DVD [2/2013] for $12.78

"Circus" [India Jan 2009]
Circus film from India starring Archana Gupta & Ganesh  Kannada-language film from India; described as taking place 70 percent on or near a train; plot starts at the Mysore railroad station and proceeds to the Bangalore station, a distance of roughly 90 miles (145km); teens whose base is the railroad station decide to send a prank letter warning that a certain train will explode on a certain date, then realize that the name & address of one of them is inside the letter; so they board the mail train to try to retrieve the letter, and then find out that real terrorists are planning to bomb that same train on the same day. • Produced, written & directed by Dayal Padmana-bhan; original music by Emil; starring Ganesh, Archana Gupta, Avinash Bharadwaj, Padmaja Rao, Avinash, Gurudatt, Dharma & Muni
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • not listed on IMDb • movie entry at Wikipedia

"City Limits" [Monogram Pictures April 1934]
City Limits 1934 movie   A railroad tycoon under great pressure in a merger is sent on vacation by his doctor; the tycoon falls off his private railcar and lands in a hobo jungle, and learns how to really enjoy life in ways he never knew were possible • Directed by William Nigh; loosely adapted by George Waggner from the novel by Jack Woodford; starring Frank Craven, Sally Blane, Frank Albertson, Ray Walker, Claude Gillingwater, James Burke, Jimmy Conlin, Jane Keckley, Henry Roquemore, George 'Gabby' Hayes & George Cleveland
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDb
watch full movie [6/2010 upload; 1:05:03] online at Internet Archive

1932 novel by Jack Woodford [1894-1971]
Woodford Press hardcover [1947] out of print/used
William Godwin, Inc. hardcover [1932] out of print/used

remake "Father Steps Out" [Monogram Pictures July 1941]
lobby card for "Father Steps Out" 1941 movie   Directed by Jean Yarbrough; script by George Waggner, without credit to Jack Woodford; starring Jed Prouty, Lorna Gray, Frank Albertson, Frank Faylen, John Dilson, Charlie Hall, Kathryn Sheldon & Tristram Coffin
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDb

"Closely Watched Trains"
aka "Ostre Sledované Vlaky" [CZ Nov 1966, USA Oct 1967]
Closely Watched Trains movie poster  A bumbling youth employed at a village railway station in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia fantasizes sexual conquests and brave exploits of war resistance, which eventually collide with real life. Co-written & directed by Jirí Menzel; co-written by Bohumil Hrabal from his novel; starring Vaclav Neckar, Josef Somr, Jitka Zeleno-horska, Vlastimil Brodsky & Jitka Bendová; won Oscar for Best Foreign Language Picture; listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Movies (10/2005)
Criterion subtitled b&w DVD [9/2001] for $26.99
Homevision b&w VHS [7/2000] out of prodn/used
Fox Lorber b&w VHS [11/97] out of prodn/used
11"x17" poster from Amazon for $9.99
full credits from IMDb

"Colorado Territory" [Warner Bros. June 1949]
Colorado Territory Western feature starring Joel McCrea  A remake as a cowboy movie of the Raoul Walsh & Humphrey Bogart film "High Sierra" [1941], with the plot very much intact. Filmed in California, Arizona, and near Gallup, New Mexico, with railroad footage filmed on the Durango & Silverton Railroad in Colorado; an outlaw is sprung from prison to lead the hold-up of a train. • Directed by Raoul Walsh; written by Edmund H. North & John Twist, based on previous script & novel "High Sierra" by W.R. Burnett [1899-1982]; starring Joel McCrea, Virginia Mayo, Dorothy Malone, Henry Hull, John Archer & James Mitchell
Warner Bros. Archive Collxn b&w DVD-R [5/2009] for $19.93
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"The Commuter" [Lionsgate/Studio Canal Jan 2018]  1/2018
'The Commuter' 2018 suspense movie starring Liam Neeson  A family man who has commuted to work every day on the train for ten years is chosen as the patsy in an on-board murder scheme . . . • Co-produced & directed by Jaume Collet-Serra; written by Byron Willinger & Philip de Blasi; starring Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Dean-Charles Chapman, Killian Scott, Jonathan Banks, Sam Neill, Elizabeth McGovern, Florence Pugh, Damson Idris, Clara Lago, Shazad Latif, Roland Møller, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Letitia Wright, Andy Nyman, Colin McFarlane, Adam Nagaitis, Lee Nicholas Harris, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Bern Collaço, Dilyana Bouklieva, Peter Meyer, Ella-Rae Smith, Lae Gutierrez, Amy Clare Beales; filmed in Sacra-mento, California, in New York City (railroad shots?), at Pinewood Studios in England, and in Surrey, UK
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available •
full credits at IMDbofficial movie site {placeholder}movie entry at Wikipedia
watch 9/2017 official trailer [2:02] at YouTube

"Cruel Train" TV movie [BBC-TV 1995] /tt0174564/
Adaptation of Emile Zola's 1890 novel "La Bête Humaine"; adapted & directed by Malcolm McKay; starring David Suchet

The Three Stooges in "Cuckoo On A Choo-Choo"
[Columbia Dec 1952 short]
poster for Cuckoo On A Choo-Choo short film starring The Three Stooges  Larry (spoofing Brando!) is living in a stolen railroad car with Shemp, who is in love with an imaginary giant canary; the railroad sends Moe to investigate. Produced & directed by Jules White; starring Moe & Larry & Shemp, Patricia Wright & Victoria Horne
finally available on "The Three Stooges DVD Collection, Volume 7" box set [2009]
Sony b&w DVD [11/2009] 22 shorts on 2 disks for $10.89
full credits from IMDb

"Danger Lights"
[R.K.O. Radio Pictures Aug 1930]
Danger Lights 1930 feature film  Filmed at the Milwaukee Road's yard & shop at Miles City, Montana and on the main line running thru the state. The yardmaster spots a tramp and gives him a job, but is too busy with work to notice the growing attraction between his girlfirend and the protégé. Directed by George B. Seitz; written by James Ashmore Creelman; starring Louis Wolheim, Robert Armstrong, Jean Arthur & Hugh Herbert
Alpha Home Ent. b&w DVD [4/2009] for $7.98
Moviecraft b&w VHS [11/2002] for $26.99
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
watch [8/2004 upload; 54:46] free online at Internet Archive

"The Danger Signal"
[Columbia Pictures July 1925]
The Danger Signal 1925 silent feature  Lost film recently discovered, then restored by Library of Congress; a recently-widowed and destitute young mother appeals to her wealthy & heartless father-in-law for financial aid; instead, he convinces her to hand over her new baby to his care so that the child will be brought up with 'everything that money can buy'. However, there are twin sons and the heroine keeps one baby to raise herself. Jumping ahead to the pair's twenty-first birthday, we see - not surprisingly - that the wealthy son has grown up spoiled & greedy, while the poor son works hard and loves his mother; tension builds toward an exciting runaway train sequence near the end that will have you biting your nails. Directed by Erle C. Kenton; starring Jane Novak, Robert Edeson, Robert Gordon, Gaston Glass, Dorothy Revier, Lincoln Stedman, Mayme Kelso & Lee Shumway
DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDb

"Alistair MacLean's Death Train" aka "Detonator"
[USA Network 1992, video April 1993]
Alistair MacLean's Death Train TV movie  A German scientist and an ex-Soviet general have constructed a nuclear weapon which is now in the possession of an American mercenary heading across Europe in a hijacked goods train; Malcolm Philpott and a team of hand-picked fellow agents must stop them to avoid a planet-wide disaster. Filmed in Slovenia & Croatia; adapted & directed by David S. Jackson; starring Pierce Brosnan, Patrick Stewart, Alexandra Paul, Ted Levine, Christopher Lee, John Abineri & Nic D'Avirro
Region 1 DVD not available • full credits at IMDb
Alistair MacLean's Death Train novel by Alastair MacNeill  "Alistair MacLean's Death Train" [1989] by Alastair MacNeill
One of the series of books about Strike Force One of the United Nations Anti-Crime Organization; the action takes place in Europe as a train with a nuclear bomb as a cargo is racing to it's deadly destination, while the U.N. team is trying to stop it; based on a detailed story outline by Alistair MacLean.
Fawcett mass pb [11/89] out of print/100+ used
Grafton mass pb [1999] out of print/used
HarperCollins 9¼x6 hardcover [1/89] out of print/used

"Death Train" [Fox/NuImage Feb 2003 video release]
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0297076/

"Death Train" [Dec 2006 video release]
aka "Im Auftrag des Vatikans (On Behalf of The Vatican)"
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0436496/

"Deidra & Laney Rob A Train" [Marigold/Netflix March 2017]  
Deidra & Laney Rob A Train on Netflix  After their mother is taken to jail for an outburst at a store, two sisters struggle to feed themselves; they decide to rob a train . . . • Filmed in Utah; directed by Sydney Freeland; written by Shelby Farrell; starring Rachel Crow, Ashleigh Murray, Danielle Nicolet, Missi Pyle, Tim Blake Nelson, Sharon Lawrence, Sasheer Zamata, Brooke Markham, Arturo Castro, David Sullivan, Kinna McInroe, Lance Gray, Cj Strong, Deborah Lee Douglas, Tua Kealoha, Nick Moceri, Chad Wright, Ashlyn Brooke, Mario DeAngelis, Griffin Childers, Gage Chandler, Don Hudson
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available •
full credits at IMDbofficial movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia
watch 1/2017 official trailer [1:50] at YouTube

"Denver & Rio Grande" [Paramount May 1952]
Denver & Rio Grande  Filmed in Technicolor™ on the D&RGW line near Durango, Colorado; a fictional account of the 'Royal Gorge War' between the D&RGW and AT&SF railroads, circa 1878-80. Directed by Byron Haskin; written by Frank Gruber; starring Edmond O'Brien, Sterling Hayden, Dean Jagger, Kasey Rogers, Lyle Bettger, J. Carrol Naish, Zasu Pitts, Paul Fix, Tom Powers, Robert Barrat, Don Haggerty & James Burke
Olive Films color Blu-ray [5/2012] for $22.28
Olive Films color DVD [5/2012] for $17.93
Paramount color VHS [11/98] for $1.99 {sic}
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"Derailed" aka "Death Train" [Oct 2002 video release, Russia Nov 2002]
starring Jean-Claude Van Damme; http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0298296/

"Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge" [Yash Raj Films India Oct 1995]
yellow poster for 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge'  The film runs three hours and ten minutes; there are several train scenes, including the final sequence with a fistfight at the train station and the lovers running for the train just leaving. Two N.R.I. (non-resident Indians) meet on vacation in Europe and fall in love; they return to London, where her traditional father insists that she must now marry the boy that she was betrothed to at birth, and the family leaves for Punjab and the wedding. Raj follows, with all sorts of comedy and romance and singing and dancing. Film broke the previous record for 600 weeks (more than 11 years) of initial release in April 2007; release continued thru December 2014, setting a record of 1,000 weeks - over 19 years! (The movie is so popular that it is known by its initials 'DDLJ'!)
Co-produced by Yash Chopra; written & directed by Aditya Chopra; starring Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Amrish Puri, Farida Jalal & Anupam Kher; won eight Filmfare Awards: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Comedian {AK}, Best Lyricist & Best Playback Singer; won Screen Weekly Awards for Best Film, Best Director & Best Actor
189-minute Yash Raj Films Hindi w/English subtitles widescreen color Blu-ray [12/2009] for $9.41
179-minute Yash Raj Films Special Edition Hindi w/English subtitles widescreen color DVD [11/2007] 2 disks for $14.95
Yash Raj Films Special Edition Hindi w/French subtitles widescreen color DVD [11/2007] 2 disks for $12.99
179-minute Yash Raj Films Hindi-language widescreen color DVD [11/2007] for $7.46
full credits at IMDbofficial movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia
watch 1/2014 official trailer [2:19] online at YouTubewatch 11/2014 official 1,000-week trailer [2:13] online at YouTube

"The Dixie Flyer" [Rayart Pictures Oct 1926]
PhotoPlay script issue of "The Dixie Flyer" 1926 silent feature  Recently restored by Library of Congress; one of the railroad's board members puts a saboteur among the construction crew for the new line, hoping to wrest control away from the current president; but the president's daughter and the hardy young foreman defeat the bad guy. Directed by Charles J. Hunt; written by H.H. Van Loan; starring Cullen Landis, Eva Novak, Ferdinand Munier, John Elliott, Art Rowlands, Pat Harmon, Frank Davis & Mary Gordon
DVD/Blu-ray not available • credits at IMDb

"Dodge City" [1939] /tt0031235/

"Dynamite Denny" [Mayfair Pictures May 1932]
Dynamite Denny  An outside agitator stirs up union members, but straight-arrow locomotive driver 'Dynamite' Denny refuses to join the strike; the railroad president disguises himself as a worker to see what is causing the unrest . . . • IMDb lists this as a 52-minute 'lost film', but somebody found something somewhere (possibly a 16mm print); the DVD shows a length of 73 minutes, which probably counts the two-reeler comedy short "High Hats and Low Brows" [1932] directed by Harry Sweet, with James Gleason & Mae Busch. Directed by Frank R. Strayer; starring Jay Wilsey {aka Buffalo Bill Jr.}, Blanche Mahaffey, William V. Mong, Walter Perry, Matthew Betz & Fern Emmett
Alpha Video b&w DVD [12/2012] for $7.98
full credits at IMDb

"East of Eden" [Warner Bros. March 1955]
East of Eden movie directed by Elia Kazan  
East of Eden book  
Color movie version of John Steinbeck's classic tale of father-son and brother-brother enmity; mostly filmed in Stein-beck's Salinas Valley and in Mendocino County in California. {Evidence for railroad footage in this movie includes the studio publicity photo of James Dean at left and several keywords at IMDb; the railroad scenes used Southern Pacific P‑6 class steam locomotive 840.) Filmed in WarnerColor™ and Cinemascope™; produced & directed by Elia Kazan; script by Paul Osborn; starring Julie Harris, James Dean, Raymond Massey, Burl Ives & Richard Davalos; won Oscar for Best Supporting Actress (Jo Van Fleet), Oscar noms for Best Director, Best Script/Adaptation & Best Actor (Dean)
Warner Special Edition widescreen color DVD [5/2005] 2 disks for $18.89
Warner color VHS [2/92] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
based on "East of Eden" [Viking Sept 1952 novel] by John Steinbeck [1902-68]
Penguin/Oprah pb [6/2003] for $11.20
Viking/Oprah 8¾x6 hardcover [6/2003] for $21.00
Sears & Viking hardcover [1952] out of print/used

"The Emperor Jones" [1933]

"End of The Line" [Orion Classics Aug 1987]
End of The Line 1987 movie starring Wilford Brimley & Kevin Bacon  Mostly filmed in Arkansas; two employees discover that the corporate owners of the shortline railroad where they work intend to shut the line down; so they steal a locomotive and travel across country to protest at distant corpo-rate headquarters. Co-written & directed by Jay Russell; co-written by John Wohlbruck; starring Wilford Brimley, Kevin Bacon, Bob Balaban, Barbara Barrie, Levon Helm, Clint Howard, Holly Hunter & Mary Steenburgen
Platinum Disc color DVD [1/2003] out of prodn/used
Anchor Bay color VHS [6/97] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDb

"Engine  371" animated short [Canada 2007]
Engine 371 animated short film by Kevin Langdale   A film by Kevin Langdale • not listed on IMDb • official movie site
This 9-minute 7-second color animated short film (without words) explores the construction of Canada's
transcontinental railroad and the fundamental struggle of man versus machine versus nature.

available online or as part of "Animation Express" Collection, 2004-2009 [2010]
Image Ent. widescreen color Blu-ray [6/2010] 39 films for $24.99
Image Ent. widescreen color DVD [6/2010] 26 films on 2 disks for $26.99

"Face of A Fugitive" [Morningside/Columbia May 1959]
Railroad scenes filmed at Jamestown, California; color cinematography by Wilfred M. Cline; music by Jerry Goldsmith;
starring Fred MacMurray, James Coburn • not available on Region 1 DVD • credits at IMDb

"Fanny's Journey" [France May 2016, USA Nov 2017]
French title: "Le Voyage de Fanny"
Fanny's Journey / Le Voyage de Fanny  Three Jewish children were sent from France to Italy for safety during World War II; Italian dictator Mussolini is arrested and Nazi soldiers take over the country and begin rounding up Jews; young Fanny is put in charge of seven other children, who are sent to the border with Switzerland. (Part of the journey is by vintage Italian passenger trains.) • Directed by Lola Doillon; adapted by Anne Peyregne & Lola Doillon from the book by Fanny Ben-Ami; starring Léonie Souchaud, Fantine Harduin, Juliane Lepoureau, Anaïs Meiringer, Ryan Brodie, Lou Lambrecht, Igor van Dessel, Malonn Lévana, Lucien Khoury, Cécile de France, Stéphane De Groodt, Elea Körner, Alice D'Hauwe, Jérémie Petrus; won many awards on the film festival circuit
Menemsha Films {probably French w/English subtitles} color DVD [11/2017] for $29.95
full credits at IMDbofficial movie websitemovie entry at Wikipedia
watch 11/2016 official trailer [1:44] online at YouTube

Le Journal de Fanny memoir by Fanny Ben-Ami  "Le Journal de Fanny: L'Histoire Vraie d'une Jeune Jille au Destin Hors du Commun"
memoir for children ages 9-12 [2011] by Fanny Ben-Ami

French-language Kindle Edition from Seuil Jeunesse [6/2016] for €7,49 {via Amazon France}
Livres Seuil French-language 8&fracx5½ movie tie-in pb [8/00] import/used
Livres Seuil French-language 7x5 pb [10/2011] import/used
Livres Seuil French-language 8x5½ pb [10/2011] import/used

"The Fast Express" 15-chapter silent serial
[Universal March-June 1924]
poster for Chapter 7 of 1924 silent serial 'The Fast Express'  Story details unknown; Chapter Titles: 1. Facing The Crisis; 2. Vanishing Diamonds; 3. Woman of Mystery; 4. Haunted House; 5. Perils of The City; 6. Cipher Message; 7. Bandit Raiders; 8. Impostor's Scheme; 9. Falsely Accused; 10. Path of Danger; 11. The Abduction; 12. The Trial Run; 13. The False Summons; 14. Black Treasure; and 15. Retribution Directed by & starring William Duncan; script by Paul M. Bryan, Karl R. Coolidge & George H. Plympton, based on the novel "Crossed Wires" by Courtney Ryley Cooper; also starring Edith Johnson, Edward Cecil, Eva Gordon, Jim Welch, Albert J. Smith, Harry Woods & Joe Dominguez
This film is considered lost: only fragments existcredits at IMDbserial entry at Wikipedia

"Festival Express" concert & documentary film [Apollo Films July 2004]
Festival Express concert documentary  
Festival Express concert documentary  
In the summer of 1970, some of the era's biggest rock stars - Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead, The Band, Flying Burrito Brothers, and Delaney & Bonnie - took to the rails for Festival Express, a multi-artist, multi-city concert tour that captured the spirit and imagination of a generation. What made it unique was that it was portable; for five days, the bands and performers lived, slept, rehearsed, and let loose aboard a customized train that traveled from Toronto, to Winnipeg, to Calgary, with each stop culminating in a mega-concert. The entire experience was filmed both off-stage and on, but the extensive footage and sound tapes of the events remained locked away for decades, only recently rediscovered and restored. The film is a momentous achievement in rock music archaeology that combines the long-lost material with contemporary interviews that add important context to the events nearly 35 years after originally being filmed. • Produced by Garth Douglas, Gavin Poolman, Willem Poolman, Thierry Wase-Bailey; directed by Frank Cvitanovich {original footage} & Bob Smeaton; featuring The Band (Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel, Robbie Robertson), Delaney & Bonnie Bramlett, The Flying Burrito Brothers (Mike Clarke, Chris Hillman, Pete Kleinow, Bernie Leadon), Grateful Dead band (Jerry Garcia, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, Ron 'Pigpen' McKernan, Bob Weir), Buddy Guy Blues Band (Buddy Guy, Phil Guy, A.C. Reed, Leroy Stewart, Roosevelt 'Snake' Shaw), Ian & Sylvia & The Great Speckled Bird (Ian Tyson, Sylvia Tyson, Buddy Cage, Jim Colegrove, Amos Garrett, N.D. Smart), Janis Joplin & The Full Tilt Boogie Band (Janis Joplin, Richard Bell, Brad Campbell, Ken Pearson, Clark Pierson, John Till), Mashmakhan band (Rayburn Blake, Brian Edwards, Jerry Mercer, Pierre Sénécal), Sha Na Na band (Donald 'Donny' York, Jocko Marcellino, 'Screamin' Scott' Simon, Jon 'Bowzer' Bauman, Lennie Baker, Elliot Cahn, Bruce Clarke, Frederick 'Dennis' Greene, Larry Packer, Richard T. Joffe, Scott Powell), Eric Andersen, Rob Bowman, James Cullingham, David Dalton, promoter Kenny Walker, concert MC Terry David Mulligan & Leslie West
90-minute Shout Factory! widescreen color Blu-ray [2/2014] for $17.99
Shout Factory! color DVD [2/2014] 2 disks for $14.55
New Line Home Ent. color DVD [12/2005] 2 disks for $14.57
Amazon Instant Video/Qello Concerts [undated] rental $3.99, purchase in HD $19.99
full credits at IMDbofficial movie website {over-loud music}movie entry at Wikipedia
watch "Ain't No More Cane" clip [1/2014 upload; 4:07] online at YouTube
watch 4/2015 official trailer [2:07] online at YouTube

"The Five-Forty-Eight" short story [April 1954] by John Cheever [1912-82]
A former secretary that he seduced and then fired stalks an advertising executive from his office to the commuter train, then holds a gun on him
to force him to listen to her • read free online etext at The New Yorker Magazine websitestory entry at Wikipedia

'Alfred Hitchcock Presents' Season 6 on NBC-TV  "The Five-Forty-Eight" episode of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents"
[NBC-TV Season 6, Episode 5; Oct. 1960]

Directed by John Brahm, teleplay by Charlotte Armstrong, starring Phyllis Thaxter & Zachary Scott
episode credits at IMDb
Season 6 on DVD: 38 episodes on five disks; includes "The Five-Forty-Eight"
Universal Studios b&w DVD-R [11/2013] for $44.98
'The Five-Forty-Eight' film of a Broadway stageplay  "The Five-Forty-Eight" episode of "3 by Cheever" [Nov 1979]
Ivory heard that New York City's Channel 13 had not yet hired a director for their third John Cheever episode for "Great Performances" and talked them into hiring him; there appears to be no real connection to Broadway, nor even to off-Broadway: the teleplay was an original adaptation from the John Cheever story
Directed by James Ivory, teleplay by Terrence McNally, starring Mary Beth Hurt & Laurence Luckinbill
58-minute Kultur Video / Broadway Theatre Archive color DVD [11/2002] for $14.99
episode credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"587: The Great Train Robbery"
family feature film [indep Aug 2000]
587: The Great Train Robbery family film  80-minute color family film; the kid who wins the soapbox derby race with his 'fifth wheel' invention goes too fast and crashes thru a fence. Behind the fence is an old steam locomotive, and the neighbor-hood kids agree to help the engineer save the big machine. Produced, co-written & directed by Dan T. Hall; co-written by David R. Lister; starring Ran Burns, Nicholas Abeel, Ariadne Baker-Dunn, Roger Schmelzer, Amy Anderson, Courtney Bolin, Stuart McWhirter, Pat Patterson, Ashley Schultz, Morgan McMillan, Alex Hall & Sparky the Dog
Sterling Ent. Group color DVD [6/2006] for $7.98
M.T.I. Home Video color DVD [1/2004] for $9.72
indep color VHS [11/2000] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbofficial movie site

"The Flockton Flyer" British TV series [Southern TV/ITV 1977-78]
The Flockton Flyer British TV series  Twelve half-hour color episodes filmed on the West Somerset Railway heritage line including Crowcombe Heathfield station and Minehead station; a failed car-repair executive winds up involved in the restoration of a heritage railway; the star locomotive 'Flockton Flyer' is un-named G.W.R. 0-6-0PT #6412 [built 1934] which the West Somerset Railway had recently restored • Exec produced by Lewis Rudd; co-produced & directed by Colin Nutley; written by Peter Whit-bread; starring David Neal, Peter Duncan, Gwyneth Strong, Geoffrey Russell, Anthony Sharp, Annabelle Lanyon, Sheila Fearn, Catrin Strong, Margaret Wedlake, Patrick Mower
DVD [8/00] for $0.00
VHS [8/00] for $0.00
full credits at IMDbseries entry at Wikipedia
https://www.amazon.com/Flockton-Flyer-Season-Patrick-Mower/dp/B004C25246/

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