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"Paradise Express" [Republic Pictures Feb 1937]
Paradise Express 1937 movie starring Grant Withers  A small railroad is being squeezed out of business by a trucking company owned
by gangsters.
Directed by Joseph Kane; starring Grant Withers, Dorothy Appleby,
Arthur Hoyt, Maude Eburne, Harry Davenport & Donald Kirke
Alpha Home Ent. b&w DVD [9/2008] for $7.98
full credits at IMDb

"The Phantom Express" silent feature [Banner Prodns Nov 1925]
The Phantom Express / no image available  Sabotage threatens the Phantom Express; engine driver Jack agrees to take it over, his sweetheart uses the electric car to take her kid brother to a doctor, and the saboteur sets the switch so that the Express will collide with her . . . • Directed by John G. Adolfi; written by Tom J. Hopkins; starring David Butler, Ethel Shannon, Frankie Darro, George Periolat, George Siegmann, William H. Tooker, John Webb Dillon
poster image or VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • credits at IMDb
"The Phantom Express" sound feature [Majestic Pictures Aug 1932]
The Phantom Express 1932 movie  A locomotive driver sees the lights of a train coming toward him even though the signals say 'all clear'; he hits the emergency brakes, causing a wreck and loss of lives; when evidence of another train cannot be found, he is fired; he has a lovely daughter, and the son of the railroad president courts her by vowing to solve the mystery of the 'phantom express' • Co-produced, co-written & directed by Emory Johnson; adapted by Laird Doyle; starring William Collier Jr., Sally Blane, J. Farrell MacDonald, Hobart Bosworth, Axel Axelson, Lina Basquette, Eddie Phillips, Robert Ellis, Claire McDowell, David Rollins, Tom O'Brien, Huntley Gordon, Brady Kline, Jack Pennick
55-minute Alpha Video b&w DVD [5/2014] for $5.98
74-minute Grapevine Video b&w DVD [5/2012] for $9.95
75-minute A2ZCDs Remastered Edition b&w DVD [11/2015] for $9.95
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
watch full b&w movie [12/2014 upload; 1:05:05] online at YouTube

"Play Safe" color cartoon short
[Fleischer Studios/Paramount Oct 1936]
Max Fleischer Color Classics 'Play Safe' 1936 cartoon short  A child playing with a toy train hops a real freight train and falls off . . .
Produced by Max Fleischer; directed by Dave Fleischer
available with 30 other cartoons on "Somewhere In Dreamland" DVD [2002]
V.C.I. Ent. color DVD [7/2002] 2 disks for $12.77
full credits at IMDbFleischer's Color Classics Series entry at Wikipedia
watch full color short [11/2011 upload; 7:56] at YouTube

"The Polar Express" animated feature
[Castle Rock/Warner Nov 2004]
Polar Express movie  

Polar Express book  

A boy travels to the North Pole on the Polar Express and is chosen to receive the first gift of Christ-mas. He asks for a silver bell from Santa's reindeer, but on the way home the bell is lost through a hole in the pocket of his robe . . . Released in Imax 3-D; co-written & directed by Robert Zemeckis; based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg; several voices by Tom Hanks; nominated for 3 minor Oscars
Warner Home Video color widescreen Blu-ray [10/2008] for $23.99 presented in 3-D
Warner Home Video color widescreen on Blu-ray [10/2007] for $17.99
Warner widescreen color DVD [11/2005] 2 disks - out of prodn/used
Warner widescreen color DVD [11/2005] for $17.99
Warner Home Video color DVD [11/2005] for $13.99
Warner color VHS [11/2005] out of prodn/used
WEA/Reprise soundtrack CD [11/2004] for $13.98
full credits from IMDbofficial movie site
"Polar Express" posters at AllPosters.com

"The Polar Express" book [1985] by Chris Van Allsburg
Houghton Mifflin gift set: book + CD + tape [9/2004] for $16.50
Houghton Mifflin 9½x11½ YA hardcover [10/85] for $12.89

"Poppoya" aka "Railroad Man" [Japan 1999] /tt0206216/
directed by Yasuo Furuhata, starring Ken Takakura

"Porky's Railroad" cartoon short [Warner Bros. Aug 1937]
Porky's Railroad 1937 b&w cartoon short  Porky struggles with obstacles while driving an old locomotive; he learns that the engine will be
replaced by the 'Silver Fish' streamliner and winds up in a contest with the faster locomotive

Produced by Leon Schlesinger; directed by Frank Tashlin; voices of Mel Blanc & Billy Bletcher
U.A.V. color? VHS [1991] for $14.99 with 3 other color cartoons
also available on the "Looney Tunes: Golden Collection, Volume 4" DVD set, on Disk 2
Warner Bros. color DVD [11/2006] 4 disks for $29.75
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
watch b&w cartoon [10/2009 upload; 7:14] online at YouTube

"The Power and The Glory"
[Fox Oct 1933; restored 2005]
The Power & The Glory poster  The life of a railroad tycoon is retold after his funeral, showing how he rose from track-walker to president and lost touch with his family. (Orson Welles reportedly wore out a print of this film while studying its story construction, a technique Sturges referred to as 'narratage'.) Directed by William K. Howard; written by Preston Sturges; starring Spencer Tracy, Colleen Moore, Ralph Morgan, Helen Vinson, Phillip Trent, Henry Kolker, Sarah Padden, Billy O'Brien, Cullen Johnson & J. Farrell MacDonald
video/DVD not available • full credits from IMDb

"Prison Train" [Equity Pictures Oct 1938]
Prison Train 1938 movie poster  A gangster steps in to protect his sister, and kills the son of the crime boss; convicted of murder, he is sent to Alcatraz. The girl learns of a plan to kill her brother on the train to prison, and so she stows away on the train; but before she can warn her brother, shooting breaks out between the gangsters and the F.B.I. agents guarding the prisoners. Directed by Gordon Wiles; starring Fred Keating, Dorothy Comingore, Clarence Muse, Faith Bacon, Alexander Leftwich, James Blakeley, Sam Bernard, John Pearson, Nestor Paiva, Val Stanton, Peter Potter & Franklyn Farnum
Alpha Video b&w DVD [6/2004] for $7.98
full credits at IMDb

watch "Prison Train" online at The Midnight Palace

"Radio Patrol" 12-chapter sound serial [Universal Pictures Oct 1937]
Radio Patrol 1937 12-chapter sound serial  Includes train chase sequence: cops chase bad guys beside freight train, road crosses tracks . . . {at 1:35 in the trailer} • '12 action-bristling chapters' based on the daily comic strip by Eddie Sullivan & Charlie Schmidt; a police officer joins forces with a beautiful girl reporter to try and stop an international criminal gang from getting their hands on the formula for a new flexible metal (or is it bulletproof steel?) . . .; Chapter Titles: 1. A Million Dollar Murder; 2. The Hypnotic Eye; 3. Flaming Death; 4. The Human Clue; 5. The Flash of Doom; 6. The House of Terror; 7. Claws of Steel; 8. The Perfect Crime; 9. Plaything of Disaster; 10. A Bargain With Death; 11. The Hidden Menace; and 12. They Get Their Man • Directed by Ford Beebe & Clifford Smith; starring Grant Withers, Kay Hughes, Mickey Rentschler, Adrian Morris, Silver Wolf the Dog, Gordon Hart, Frank Lackteen, C. Montague Shaw, Harry Davenport, Wheeler Oakman, Max Hoffman Jr., Jack Mulhall, Earl Dwire, Leonard Lord, Dick Botiller, Louis Vokali, Tom Steele, Ray Teal
V.C.I. Ent. b&w DVD [3/2015] for $12.30
full credits at IMDbserial entry at Wikipediawatch official trailer [2006 upload; 4:44] online at YouTube

"Rail Kings" video release [indep March 2005]
Rail Kings 2005 video release  Location filming at Dunsmuir, California; when his parents are murdered, the cops think Preston did it for his inheritence; he flees and follows the trail of the real killer to a hobo camp on the coast.
Co-produced, written & directed by and starring Bobb Hopkins; also starring Rob Spediacci, Ernest Borgnine, W.M. Comartin, Chet Hopkins, Courtney Hopkins, Erika Hopkins, Tommy Hopkins, Ernie Mendoza, Kate Orsini, Scott Schell & Tommy Strong
Vintage Home Ent. color DVD [3/2005] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbwatch official trailer [3.27] online at YouTube

"Railed" [indep Dec 2009]
Railed independent feature film  "On the track where reality meets fiction, everyone has a story" Experimental film: blurring the line between fact and fiction, passengers on a train from Los Angeles to New York are unaware that they are stars and plot of the film. {Wait a minute: Nobody noticed the camera?} Co-produced, written & directed by Ryan Fox; starring Melissa McHenry & Mark Strohman; won Jury Prize at Denver Underground Film Festival
indep color DVD-R [12/2009] for $14.95
credits at IMDb

"Railroad Alaska" TV series [Windfall Films 2013-2015]
'Railroad Alaska' 2013-2015 TV series on Discovery Channel  25 episodes in color on Discovery Channel; reviews suggest over-dramatization, such as filmed emergency drills edited as dire emergencies; Season 1 episode titles: Frozen Danger, The Beast, Killer Ice, Disaster Trail, Ice Dagger, Spring Attacks; Season 2 had 11 episodes, Season 3 had 8 episodes
Narrated by Demetri Goritsas; featuring locomotive driver Bill Bivins
Destination America color DVD [7/2015] 6 episodes on 2 disks for $25.20
full credits at IMDbofficial movie website {empty}
Amazon Instant Video [1/2014] purchase season $8.99
Amazon Instant Video [11/2014] purchase season $14.99
Amazon Instant Video [12/2015] purchase season $9.99

"The Railroad Detective" [Kalem Nov 1908]
One-reeler b&w silent short • bare credits at IMDb

"Railroad Detective" aka "Beyond The Law"
[Columbia Pictures July 1934]
Railroad Detective aka Beyond The Law lost film starring Tim McCoy  Storyline unknown, but IMDb keywords include: Express Guard,
Fireman, Railroad Car, Railroad Detective, Robbery & Train
Directed by D. Ross Lederman; screenplay by Harold
Shumate; starring Tim McCoy
Tim McCoy poster available in four sizes at AllPosters.com
{this film is considered lost}full credits at IMDb

"The Railroad Detective's Dilemma" [Kalem / General Film Oct 1913]
One-reeler b&w silent short; starring Harland B. Moore, Miriam Cooper, James B. Ross
& Robert Walker • bare credits at IMDb

"The Railroad Man"
aka "Il Ferroviere"
[Italy Aug 1956; USA Oct 1965]
Railroad Man [Italy]  After an accident on the railroad, the engineer [engine driver]'s family life falls apart, and his friends reject him when he becomes a scab during a railroad strike. Produced by Carlo Ponti; co-written & directed by and starring Pietro Germi; co-starring Luisa Della Noce, Sylva Koscina, Saro Urzì, Carlo Giuffrè, Renato Speziali & Edoardo Nevola
NoShame Films subtitled b&w DVD [6/2005] 2 disks for $26.99
full credits at IMDb

"The Railroad Raiders"
15-chapter silent serial [Signal/Mutual 1917]
Railroad Raiders b&w poster (or ad)  Railroad Raiders color poster  Chapter Titles: 1. Circumstantial Evidence; 2. A Double Steal; 3. Inside Treachery; 4. A Race For A Fortune; 5. A Woman's Wit; 6. The Overland Disaster; 7. Mistaken Identity; 8. A Knotted Cord; 9. A Leap For Life; 10. A Watery Grave; 11. A Desperate Deed; 12. A Fight For A Franchise; 13. The Road Wrecker; 14. The Trap; 15. The Mystery of The Counterfeit Tickets Directed by J.P. McGowan; starring Helen Holmes, Thomas G. Lingham, Leo D. Maloney, Paul Hurst & William Brunton
video/DVD not available; full credits at IMDb

"Railroad Tigers (Tie Dao Fei Hu)"
aka "Railway Flying Tigers"
[Shanghai Film Group Dec 2016]
Railroad Tigers movie starring Jackie Chan  During the 1941 occupation by Japanese soldiers, Chinese peasants revolt and attack the local railroad lines.
Co-produced by & starring Jackie Chan; co-written & directed by Ding Sheng; co-written by He Keke; also starring Zitao Huang, Jaycee Chan, Kai Wang, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi, Ping Sang, Alan Ng, Fan Xu, Darren Wang, Kôji Yano, Zoe Zhang, Yishang Zhang, Wei Na, Yunwei He, Asano Nagahide, Natas Asoka, Liu Hailong, Andy Lau, Shawnee Robertson; bonus features include trailer and 5 featurettes
Well Go USA widescreen color Blu-ray [6/2017] 2 disks for $17.99
Well Go USA widescreen color DVD w/subtitles choices [6/2017] for $14.29
Kung Fu World color DVD [6/2017] for $24.00
full credits at IMDbJapanese official movie websitemovie entry at Wikipedia
watch 11/2016 Chinese-language official trailer [1:54] online at YouTube
watch 4/2017 Japanese official trailer [1:06] online at YouTube

"The Railrodder" aka 'The Railroader'
[25-minute National Film Board of Canada short 1965]
The Railrodder starring Buster Keaton  Starring Buster Keaton [1895-1966]
full credits from IMDb
plus 'Buster Keaton Rides Again' [docu 1965]
(55-minute NFBC documentary on the making of 'The Railrodder')

full credits from IMDb
(both) Image Ent DVD [2/2001] for $22.49
(both) Kino Video VHS [11/96] for $29.95

"Rails & Ties"  [Malpaso/Warner Bros. Sept 2007]
Directed by Alison Eastwood; written by Micky Levy; starring Kevin Bacon,
Marcia Gay Harden & Miles Heizer • official moviesitefull credits at IMDb

"Rails Into Laramie"  [Universal Pictures April 1954]
'Rails Into Laramie' 1954 color Western movie  Filmed on the standard-gauge Southern Pacific Railroad desert line between Lone Pine & Mojave, California; filmed in widescreen Technicolor; someone is blocking the construction of the railroad to Laramie, so a U.S. Army agent is sent in to investigate; he gets a job as town marshal and finds that an old friend is running the town, using his gambling den as a front . . . Directed by Jesse Hibbs; starring John Payne, Mari Blanchard, Dan Duryea, Joyce Mackenzie, Barton MacLane, Ralph Dumke, Harry Shannon, James Griffith, Lee Van Cleef, Myron Healey & Douglas Kennedy
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDb
watch full color movie [1:20:52] online at Internet Archive

"The Railway Children"
The father of a family in Victorian London is taken away by two strangers; the wife & three children
fall on hard times and move to a country cottage beside a railway. The kids' faith and vigilance and
courage prevent an accident on the railway, leading to solution of the mystery of their missing father.

Spirit of America Bookstore's "The Railway Children" 1906 Novel & Movies Page
top of pagesynopsis & historythe bookKindle Editionsthe author/s
movies & TVstageplays, other mediaimage gallerylinks

"The Railway Guerrilla" [book 1954, comic strip 1955-56, movies & TV 1956 to 2005]

Railway Guerrilla 1956 movie from China  Railway Guerrilla 1956 movie from China - color poster  "Railway Guerrilla (Tie Dao You Ji Dui)" [Shanghai Film Studios 1956]
Local Chinese guerrilla forces battle Japanese and Nationalist collaborators.
Directed by Ming Zhao; starring Nan Deng, Ji Feng/Feng Zhe, Qi Feng, Xiao Feng, Qin Yi, Cao Huiqu
Beauty Media b&w DVD [8/2008] import/SOLD OUT in USA
GZ Beauty all-region b&w DVD [12/2006] for $19.99
region-unknown DVD [undated] for £19.99 via Amazon U.K.
bare credits at IMDb • no entry at Wikipedia

1985 Shanghai Film Studio TV series of 12 episodes - not found at IMDb (2017)

"Fei Hu Dui (Flying Tiger Team)" color movie [China Film 1995]
bare credits at IMDb • Directed by Jixing Wang {or Xie Hong?}; starring Rong Chang, Xiaoyi Chen, Han Lei, Qiang Li, Xuejian Li,
Youbin Li, Jinshan Liu, Wei Liu, Liang Lü, Changjiang Pan, Zhiwen Wang, Fengyi Zhang, Xiaorui Zhao

"Railway Guerrilla (Tie Dao You Ji Dui)" TV series [Shandong TV & Inner Mongolia TV 2005]
35 episodes directed by Xinmin Wang, starring Zhao Heng, Shi Lan • no entry at IMDb

Railway Guerrillas 1954 novel by Liu Zhixia   "The Railway Guerrillas" novel [Jan 1954] by Zhi Xia (aka Liu Zhixia, also spelled Chih Hsia)
A classic novel of China that describes anti-Japanese heroes active on the Jin Pu line (now the Beijing-Shanghai Railway) and the Linzao branch (now known as the Xuezao branch) in Lunan in 1941. The 1954 book was followed by a comic strip from 1955-56, the 1956 feature film {as above}, a TV series in 1985, a color feature film in 1995, another TV series in 2005, re-publication in 2005, and an operatic dance show in 2010, with translations into many languages along the way.
Foreign Languages Press hardcover [1966] out of print/scarce
translatable book entry at China Wikipedia
"A Railway Guerrilla (Chinese Edition)" [2011]
Time Literature & Art Press 9x6 Chinese-language pb [7/2011] import/new-used
"Railway Guerrillas (Illustrated Edition for Teenagers)" [2017]
Jiangsu People's Publng House 9½x6½ Chinese-language pb [7/2011] for $11.99

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The modern dance drama "Railway Guerrillas" was performed by China International Culture & Arts Company of Chengdu, China at the Jincheng Theater
in Lanzhou, China in November 2010; photos abound on the internet, but very little other information is available.

"The Railway Man" [LionsGate Jan 2014?]
Hollywood-ized version of the bestselling autobiography: A woman meets Lomax on a train, and learns of his World War II experience
as an Allied prisoner of war forced by the Japanese to work on the construction of the Thai/Burma railway; she decides to arrange a meeting
with the Japanese soldier responsible for his torture during construction of the railroad.

Filmed in U.K., Australia & Thailand; directed by Jonathan Teplitzky; script by Frank Cottrell Boyce & Andy Paterson, adapted from the book
by Eric Lomax; starring Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Jeremy Irvine, Stellan Skarsgård, Hiroyuki Sanada • latest info at IMDb

Railway Man autobiography by Eric Lomax  "The Railway Man: A P.O.W.'s Searing Account of War, Brutality, and Forgiveness"
[1995 bestseller] by Eric Lomax

Author was captured by the Japanese in Burma and - contrary to the Geneva Conventions - forced to work on construction of the Burma-Siam Railroad, the subject of "Bridge On The River Kwai". Many years later, he discovered that the interpreter at his sessions of torture was still alive and made contact . . .
Kindle Edition from W.W. Norton & Co. [2/2012] for $9.99
W.W. Norton & Co. 9x6 pb [6/2008] for $19.76
W.W. Norton & Co. 9¼x6¼ hardcover [9/95] out of print/many used

"The Railway Station Man" TV movie [Turner/BBC Oct 1992] /tt0105214/
Filmed in County Donegal, Ireland; directed by Michael Whyte; based on the novel by Jennifer Johnston; starring Julie Christie &
Donald Sutherland – there may not be trains in this movie, only the derelict station

"Railways (Reiruweizu)" [Shochiku Japan May 2010]
Railways (Reiruweizu) Japanese 2010 movie  Full Japanese title: "Reiruweizu: 49-sai de densha no untenshi ni natta otoko no monogatari" – a story of a man who became a train operator at age 49; based on a true story: after his mother dies of cancer and his marriage falls apart, a Japanese office worker quits his job in Tokyo to become a train driver on the rural Ichibata Electric Railway in Shimane Prefecture. Written & directed by Yoshinari Nishikôri; starring Kiichi Nakai, Reiko Takashima, Yuika Motokariya, Shirô Sano & Takahiro Miura
Unfortunately, the available videos do NOT have English subtitles (2013).
IndieJapan widescreen color Blu-ray/DVD combo [2012] imported/new-used
IndieJapan widescreen color Blu-ray [2012] imported/new-used
IndieJapan widescreen color DVD [2012] imported/new-used
full credits at IMDbofficial movie site (in Japanese)movie entry at Wikipedia
watch official trailers at YouTube: 3/2010 trailer #1 [1:14]funnier 5/2010 trailer #2 [2:01]

"The Real Story of Casey Jones" [indep short 2009]
Real Story of Casey Jones short film  9½-minute silent movie, "featuring toe tappin' railroad music,
a train wreck, romance, and fast railroad action with a twist"

Directed by Karen Cunningham, written by Morgan Ilversen;
won Audience Choice Award at the 2009 Local Shorts Film
in Albuquerque, NM
DVD/Blu-ray not available • not listed on IMDb

"The Return of Casey Jones" [Monogram Pictures May 1933]
Return of Casey Jones 1933 movie  A young boy who idolized heroic Casey Jones grows up to be a locomotive engineer, too; when his own train's brakes fail and he cannot save it, he jumps free; the community decides that he must have jumped too early and is thus a coward; he vows to prove himself a hero in his girlfriend's eyes . . . Co-adapted & directed by John P. McCarthy; co-adapted by Harry L. Fraser, from the novelette by John Johns; starring Charles Starrett, Ruth Hall, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Robert Elliott, Margaret Seddon, Jackie Searl, George Walsh & Gordon De Main
Alpha Video b&w DVD [6/2006] for $7.72
full credits at IMDb

"Rheingold" [Germany 1978] /tt0078164/ pRheingoldDE1978.jpg
starring Rüdiger Kirschstein, Elke Haltaufderheide, Gunther Malzacher

"Ridin' The Rails: The Great American Train Story" TV special [ABC-TV Nov 1974]
Ridin' The Rails TV special starring Johnny Cash  'A Documusical starring legendary Johnny Cash" • 52-minute color TV special featuring reenactments of historic railroading moments narrated by Cash and embellished by his inimitable music; songs include "Ridin' The Rails", "Tom Thumb", "Collage of Yesterday", "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", "The Legend of John Henry's Hammer", "Shave and A Hot Bath", "Train Robbers", "Satirical Aire", "Casey Jones", "Crystal Chandeliers and Burgundy", "Doesn't Anybody Know My Name?", "The City of New Orleans", "The L&N Don't Stop Here, Anymore", "These Hands", "Wreck of The Old 97", "Brother Can You Spare A Dime" and "Ribbon of Steel"credits at IMDb
Co-written & directed by Nicholas Webster; co-written by Diane Rivkin; also starring The Westernaires band
Rhino Home Video color DVD [6/2005] for $27.50
Sony/Rhino color VHS [6/2005] out of prodn/used

"Rio Lobo" [Batjac/National General Dec 1970]
Italian poster for 'Rio Lobo' 1970 John Wayne Western movie  Supposedly a second remake of "Rio Bravo" [1959], but the stories are not really that similar; Wayne's Col. McNally is betrayed during the U.S. Civil War and a band of Confederate soldiers hijack a gold shipment from him; after the war ends, McNally receives word that the traitors have taken over the town of Rio Lobo in Texas. . .; filming at Old Tucson Studios in Arizona and in Mexico; so far unable to identify the owner/disposition of 4-4-0 steam locomotive #17 shown prominently in the first part of this movie • Co-produced & directed by Howard Hawks {his final film}; written by Burton Wohl & Leigh Brackett; music by Jerry Goldsmith; starring John Wayne, Jorge Rivero, Jennifer O'Neill, Jack Elam, Christopher Mitchum, Victor French, Susana Dosamantes, Sherry Lansing, David Huddleston, Mike Henry, Bill Williams, Jim Davis, Dean Smith, Robert Donner, George Plimpton, Edward Faulkner, Peter Jason, Chuck Courtney, Robert Rothwell, Bob Steele & Hank Worden
Paramount widescreen color Blu-ray [5/2011] 2 disks for $16.01
Paramount widescreen color DVD [4/2003] for $8.49
Paramount color VHS [12/2000] for $5.94
Fox color VHS [8/97] for $6.77
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipediawatch full movie [low-def; 1:54:16] online at YouTube

"Roar of The Iron Horse" 15-chapter serial
[Columbia Pictures May 1951, re-release March 1963]
poster for Chapter 7 of 'Roar of The Iron Horse' 15-chapter serial  Partly filmed near Carson City, Nevada; same plot as "Winners of The West" [Universal 1940] (both co-written by George Plympton); three factions vie for control of the construction of the railroad: the local land baron, the railroad people, and local Indians. Chapter Titles: 1. Indian Attack; 2. Captured By Redskins; 3. Trapped By Outlaws; 4. In The Baron's Stronghold; 5. A Ride For Life; 6. White Indians; 7. Fumes of Fate; 8. Midnight Marauders; 9. Raid On The Pay Train; 10. Trapped On A Trestle; 11. Redskin's Revenge; 12. Plunge of Peril; 13. The Law Takes Over; 14. When Killers Meet; and 15. The End of The Trail • Directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet & Thomas Carr; written by George H. Plympton, Sherman L. Lowe & Royal K. Cole; starring Jock Mahoney, Virginia Herrick, George Eldredge, William Fawcett, Harold Landon, Jack Ingram, Myron Healey, Rusty Wescoatt & Dick Curtis
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDb

"Roaring Rails" silent feature [Stellar/P.D.C. Sept 1924]
Roaring Rails 1924 silent feature  Location filming at Klamath, Oregon; a railroad engineer adopts a French orphan while he's fighting in the army in World War I, and when the war ends, takes him back to the U.S.A. Later the boy needs an eye operation that the engineer can't afford, so he takes the rap for a murder he didn't commit in order to get his son the operation. Print restored by George Eastman House in 2010 was aired on Turner Classic Movies in December 2011.
Produced & co-written by Hunt Stromberg; directed by Tom Forman; co-written by Doris Dorn; starring Harry Carey, Frankie Darro, Edith Roberts, Wallace MacDonald, Frank Hagney, Duke R. Lee
print exists, but VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"Robot Trains" CGI-animated TV series [Korea 2016]
Robot Trains CGI-animated TV series from Korea  32 eleven-minute animated segments for children aged 4-7; produced & syndicated by CJ•E&M of Korea • no credits at IMDb • Region 1 DVD/Blu-ray not available
watch sample episode #15 in English [14:15] online at YouTube
browse 'Robot Train' Shop - toys for kids 3 years & older {returns 24 items} at Amazon

"Romance of The Rails" silent short [Edison Mfg. Co. Nov 1912]
13-minute b&w silent short directed by Harold M. Shaw • credits at IMDb

"Rome Express" [Gaumont U.K. Nov 1932]
Rome Express 1932 movie starring Conrad Veidt & Esther Ralston  After a valuable painting is stolen from a Paris gallery, a mysterious man and his sidekick board the Paris-to-Rome train and search for it. Directed by Walter Forde; starring Esther Ralston, Conrad Veidt, Harold Huth, Cedric Hardwicke, Joan Barry, Gordon Harker, Hugh Williams & Donald Calthrop
V.C.I. Ent. b&w DVD [6/2012] for $13.49
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"Sleeping Car To Trieste" remake
[G.F.D. U.K. Oct 1948, USA April 1949]
Sleeping Car To Trieste remake 1948  An almost shot-for-shot remake of the 1932 "Rome Express", although the 'MacGuffin' is a diary stolen from an embassy and then stolen again. Directed by John Paddy Carstairs; starring Jean Kent, Albert Lieven, Derrick De Marney, Paul Dupuis & Rona Anderson
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"Rome Express" [France Jan 1950]
Rome Express 1950 movie made in France  Apparently a quite-different plot, so this is not a French-language remake of the 1932 film. Directed by Christian Stengel; starring Hélène Perdrière, Jean Debucourt, Denise Grey, Saturnin Fabre, Arthur Devère, Jacqueline Pierreux, Charles Dechamps, Robert Pizani, Jacqueline Dor, Roger Caccia, Mario Podesta & Jean Tissier
color 11"x17" poster {as at left} from Amazon for $3.66
black-on-cream 27"x40" poster from Amazon for $8.49
black-on-cream 11"x17" poster from Amazon for $3.66
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • credits at IMDb

"Runaway" cartoon short [NFBCanada 2009]
Runaway cartoon short by Cordell Barker  The captain of the locomotive leaves his post and the fireman has to deal with
a series of emergencies . . .
Written, directed & animated by Cordell Barker;
voices of Richard Condie, Muriel Hogue, Leonard Waldner
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDbofficial movie site
watch full movie [9:14] at YouTube

"Sand!" silent feature
[Hart/Famous Players-Lasky June 1920]
Sand! 1920 silent feature starring William S. Hart
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   Filmed around Victorville, California with great railroad footage; a wrongly-fired railroad station agent goes after a gang of train robbers to prove his innocence and get back his girl. Written & directed by Lambert Hillyer, based on a short story by Russell A. Boggs; produced by & starring William S. Hart; also starring Mary Thurman, G. Raymond Nye, Patricia Palmer, Bill Patton, S.J. Bingham • full credits at IMDb
Alpha Home Ent. 50-minute b&w silent DVD [7/2011] for $7.69
Grapevine Video 74-minute b&w silent DVD [7/2012] for $16.18
Music Video Distrbn. 88-minute b&w silent DVD [10/2009] for $19.95

"Seven Guns For The MacGregors (7 Pistole per i MacGregor)" [Italy Feb 1966]
poster for Seven Guns For The MacGregors / Arrivanos i McGregors  Filmed in Technicolor™ & Techniscope™ in Spain; the runaway 'Arizona Express' railroad train was filmed on the wide-gauge Zafra-Huelva Railway near the border with Portugal, which has since been modernized. The sons of McGregor visit Las Mesas to sell some horses but run afoul of the minions of evil Santillana . . .
Directed by Franco Giraldi; story by David Moreno Mingote; music by Ennio Morricone; starring Robert Woods, Fernando Sancho, Agata Flori, Nazzareno Zamperla, Paolo Magalotti, Leo Anchóriz, Perla Cristal, George Rigaud, Manuel Zarzo, Alberto Dell'Acqua, Julio Pérez Tabernero, Cris Huerta, Rafael Bardem, Saturno Cerra, Margherita Horowitz, pianist Víctor Israel, Ana María Noé, Francesco Tensi, Pilar Truchado
Region 1 Blu-ray/DVD not available • full credits at IMDb
watch official trailer [2:44] online at YouTube

sequel "Up The MacGregors" [Italy March 1967]
original title "7 Donne per i MacGregor (7 Women of The MacGregors)"
7 Women of The MacGregors / 7 Donne per i MacGregor  Filmed in Eastmancolor™ in Spain; the railroad train scenes were filmed on the wide-gauge Zafra-Huelva Railway near the border with Portugal, which has since been modernized. During a wedding celebration, the bandit Maldonando robs the MacGregors of their cache of gold and captures the bride, and are pursued by the seven sons of MacGregor and the six daughters of Donovan the Irish • Co-written & directed by Franco Giraldi; music by Ennio Morricone; starring David Bailey, Agata Flori, Leo Anchóriz, George Rigaud, Francesco Tensi, Roberto Camardiel, Ana Casares, Víctor Israel, Saturno Cerra, Hugo Blanco, Alberto Dell'Acqua, Paolo Magalotti, Nazzareno Zamperla, Julio Pérez Tabernero, Ana María Noé, Margherita Horowitz, Caterina Trentini, Julie Fair, Ana María Mendoza, Judith Chapman, Margaret Merritt, Fernanda Dell'Acqua, Tito García, Roy Bosier, Joey Hamlin, Catherine Hamlin, Antonio Vico, King Black
Region 1 Blu-ray/DVD not available • full credits at IMDb
watch Italian-language trailer [1:27] online at YouTube

"Shadow of A Doubt" [1943] /tt0036342/
Filmed in California & New Jersey; directed by Alfred Hitchcock; starring Teresa Wright & Joseph Cotten

"Shanghai Express" [Paramount 1932] /tt0023458/
Filmed in California; directed by Josef von Sternberg; starring Marlene Dietrich

"The Signalman" [BBC-TV Dec 1976]
color screen shot from 'The Signalman' 1976 BBC-TV show  37-minute TV show filmed on the Severn Valley Railway about a lonely British railway worker who is haunted by the predictions of a ghost • Directed by Lawrence Gordon Clark; adapted by Andrew Davies from the 1866 short story by Charles Dickens; starring Denholm Elliott, Bernard Lloyd, Reginald Jessup & Carina Wyeth • full credits at IMDb
available on single-disk DVD for Region 2 only; the show is available, however, as an extra on the 6-disk "Charles Dickens Collection, Volume 1" DVD set [2005]
B.B.C./Warner color DVD set [9/2005] 6 disks - out of prodn/used

"The Silent Passenger" [Phoenix/ABFD U.K. June 1935]
screen shot of title for 1935 film "The Silent Passenger"  Dorothy L. Sayers wrote a scenario for the film, a new story about her detective Lord Peter Wimsey, and is credited with 'based on an original story by', but the film story was majorly altered; the intended book was never published; the film was released at 75 minutes while the available Region 1 DVD is 54 minutes in length. On the express train from London to the English Channel crossing, a trunk turns up with the body of a murdered blackmailer in it . . . Directed by Reginald Denham; starring Peter Haddon {as Wimsey}, John Loder, Lilian Oldland (Mary Newland), Austin Trevor, Donald Wolfit, Leslie Perrins, Aubrey Mather {as Bunter}, Robb Wilton, Ralph Truman
Sinister Cinema b&w DVD-R [5/2008] for $8.99
credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"The Silk Express" [Warner Bros./Vitaphone June 1933]
The Silk Express 1933 movie  The story concerns a trainload of silk brought into the U.S.A. to break the 'corner' on the market by unscrupulous speculators; railroad scenes include stock footage and a snowstorm in New York. Directed by Ray Enright; written by Houston Branch & Ben Markson; starring Neil Hamilton, Sheila Terry, Arthur Byron, Guy Kibbee, Dudley Digges, Arthur Hohl, Allen Jenkins, Harold Huber, Robert Barrat & Vernon Steele
Warner Archive b&w DVD [1/2013] for $19.99
full credits at IMDb

"The Silver Streak" [R.K.O. Radio Pictures Nov 1934]
The Silver Streak 1934 movie  The diesel-powered streamliner 'Silver Streak' express passenger train is enlisted to transport an iron lung from Chicago to Hoover Dam, arriving with just moments to spare!; somehow the plot also involves a Nazi spy, young lovers, and a drawbridge. Directed by Thomas Atkins; starring Sally Blane, Charles Starrett, Hardie Albright, William Farnum, Irving Pichel, Arthur Lake, Theodore von Eltz, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Edgar Kennedy, Doris Dawson, Murray Kinnell, Harry Allen & Wilhelm von Brincken
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
article on the making of the film (2001) by Bill Monson
'six-sheet' billboard poster for 1934 movie "The Silver Streak"

"Silver Streak" [1976] /tt0075223/
A Los Angeles editor gets mixed up with art forgers and murder, on and off a train to Chicago.

"Sleepers West" [Fox March 1941]
Sleepers West 1941 movie poster  In the book by Frederick Nebel, the detective is cold-blooded killer Carl Izzard; the movie rewrote the main character as Brett Halliday's heroic detective Mike Shayne. Same basic plot: Shayne is escorting a surprise witness in a murder trial to San Francisco, hounded by people who want to prevent her arrival and testimony. Directed by Eugene Forde; starring Lloyd Nolan {as Michael Shayne}, Lynn Bari, Mary Beth Hughes, Louis Jean Heydt, Edward Brophy, Don Costello {as Carl Izzard}, Ben 'Shadrach' Carter & Donald Douglas • full credits at IMDb
available on the "Michael Shayne Mysteries - Volume 1" Box Set [2007]: the other films are "Blue, White, and Perfect" [1942], "The Man Who Wouldn't Die" [1942], and "Michael Shayne, Private Detective" [1942], plus extras
Fox b&w DVD set [3/2007] 2 disks for $21.93
Sleepers East 1933 novel by Frederick Nebel  
"Sleepers East" [1933 novel] by Frederick Nebel
"Tense drama at express speed" The fate of a beautiful female government witness is placed
in the hands of detective Carl Izzard, a cold-blooded killer.

Little, Brown & Co. hardcover [1933] out of print/scarce

"Snakes On A Train" [indep Aug 2006]
Snakes On A Train 2006 video release  The usual quickie schlock in the 'mockbuster' tradition of producers at The Asylum; this direct-to-video film has 100 unaware passengers trapped inside a train to Los Angeles with 3,000 poisonous snakes. Directed by Peter Mervis; starring A.J. Castro, Julia Ruiz, Giovanni Bejarano, Al Galvez, Amelia Jackson-Gray & Shannon Gayle
Timeless Media Group widescreen color DVD [6/2007] for $7.98
Asylum Home Ent. widescreen color DVD [8/2006] for $24.39
full credits at IMDb

"Snakes On A Train: Behind The Scenes" (2006) (V) /tt0856271/

"The Southbound Limited" silent short [1923] /tt0248469/

"The Station Agent" [Miramax Oct 2003]
The Station Agent  When his best friend dies and leaves him some property in rural New Jersey, an adult dwarf relocates to live in the abandoned train station on his land, where he watches the New York, Susquehanna & Western Railway trains go by all day. His attempt to live as a recluse is thwarted by a chatty man who drives a hot dog truck and a woman in grief over the death of her son. Written & directed by Thomas McCarthy; starring Peter Dinklage, Bobby Cannavale, Patricia Clarkson, Raven Goodwin, Paul Benjamin & Michelle Williams; won Audience Award & Special Jury Prize & Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance Film Festival; won BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay, 3 Chlotrudis Awards, 2 awards at San Sebastián Film Festival, and 3 Independent Spirit Awards; won an award at Marrakech Film Festival, National Board of Review, Stockholm Film Festival & Mexico City Contemporary Film Festival
Echo Bridge Home Ent. widescreen color DVD [1/2012] for $5.99
Miramax Classics widescreen color DVD [6/2004] for $23.63
Miramax Classics color VHS [6/2004] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbofficial movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia

"Station To Station" [indep Aug 2015]
Station To Station art heppenings documentary film  A group of musicians & artists traveled by train across 4,000 miles of the United States over 23 days in Septem-ber 2013, performing trackside and staging ten 'happenings' that resulted in 62 one-minute short films; the group also staged a 30-day 'happening' in London in June-July 2015 • 71-minute film co-produced & directed by Doug Aitken; featuring Beck, Jackson Browne, Wes Eisold, Ólafur Eliasson, Thurston Moore, Giorgio Moroder, Cat Power, Patti Smith, Francis Scott Key White & Miss Alex White, painter Ed Ruscha, Mavis Staples, Dan Deacon, Paolo Soleri, Gary Indiana, Cornbread Harris, Ariel Pink & Haunted Graffiti band, Suicide band, Lucky Dragons band, Black Monks of Mississippi band, the Savages band, and the Cold Cave band
Submarine Deluxe/Dogwoof widescreen color DVD [8/2015] for $29.99
full credits at IMDbofficial movie website
watch 6/2015 official trailer [2:02] online at YouTube
Station to Station companion book by Doug Aitken  
"Station To Station" companion book [2015] by Doug Aitken
Prestel 10¾x8¾ hardcover [7/2015] for $36.62

"Step Forward" silent short /tt0013635/
[Mack Sennett/Associated First National Pictures March 1922]
starring Ben Turpin, Phyllis Haver, Heinie Conklin, Kewpie Morgan, John J. Richardson, Andy Clyde, George Nichols & Teddy the Dog

"Stories of The Century" [syndicated TV 1954-55]
39-episode syndicated b&w TV series, also called "Matt Clark, Railroad Detective" {which is coded on Page 2}

"Strangers On A Train" [Warner Bros. July 1951]
Strangers On A Train movie   Two men meet on a train and discuss swapping murders: the police will find no connection and each murder will remain unsolved. One man dismisses the conversation as idle banter. But when he travels to Mexico, and is notified by police that his estranged wife has indeed died under suspicious circumstances, he feels trapped – and then the stranger makes demands for the reciprocal murder. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock; script by Raymond Chandler & others from the Highsmith novel; starring Farley Granger & Robert Walker
Warner b&w widescreen DVD [9/98] for $10.99
Warner b&w British version VHS [6/2001] for $14.95
Warner b&w Hollywood version VHS [8/2000] for $14.95
full credits on IMDb
Strangers On A Train novel  
"Strangers On A Train" [1950 novel] by Patricia Highsmith [1921-95]
W.W. Norton pb [8/2001] for $11.16
Penguin mass pb [6/79] out of print/many used

"Streamline Express" [Mascot Pictures Sept 1935]
Streamline Express 1935 movie  Broadway star Patricia quarrels with Jimmy, the producer of her new show (who secretly loves her), and runs off to California on the new Streamline Express super-speed train with wealthy old Freddy, agreeing to marry him. Jimmy follows and boards and becomes the top suspect in a diamond theft. Other passengers include a black-mailer, his victim and her married companion. (Obviously based on "Twentieth Century", but not sued for plagiarism.) Produced by Nat Levine; co-written & directed by Leonard Fields; co-written by Wellyn Totman, David Silverstein & Olive Cooper; starring Victor Jory, Evelyn Venable, Esther Ralston, Erin O'Brien-Moore, Theodore von Eltz, Ralph Forbes, Sidney Blackmer, Vince Barnett, Clay Clement, Bobby Watson, Lee Moran, Syd Saylor, Libby Taylor, Edward Hearn & Allan Cavan
Alpha Home Ent. b&w DVD [10/2009] for $5.49
Grapevine Video b&w DVD [5/2012] for $9.95 + s/h
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
watch full movie [1:10:02] online at Internet Archive

"Subway Sadie" silent feature [First National Pictures Sept 1926]
'Subway Sadie' silent feature film  Sadie works in a New York City fur salon and dreams of avoiding the twice-daily crush on the subway; she meets a handsome subway guard, it is love at first sight, and he asks her to marry him; then the store manager tells Sadie that he is sending her to Paris, France for a fashion show . . .
Produced by Al Rockett; directed by Alfred Santell; story by Mildred Cram, adapted by Adele Comandini & Paul Schofield; starring Dorothy Mackaill, Jack Mulhall, Charles Murray, Peggy Shaw, Gaston Glass, Bernard Randall
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"Super 8" [Amblin/Paramount June 2011]
Super 8 movie from Steven Spielberg & J.J. Abrams  Not every railfan may appreciate train wrecks, but the filmed train wreck here is magnificent. The rest of the film is about the teenagers who are making a movie on a Super 8 camera at Midnight and accidentally film the wreck of the train, which turns out to be a dangerous top secret U.S. Air Force project. Co-produced by Steven Spiel-berg; co-produced & written & directed by J.J. Abrams; starring Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning, Ryan Lee, Zach Mills, Riley Griffiths, Gabriel Basso, Kyle Chandler, Ron Eldard, Glynn Turman & Noah Emmerich
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available
full credits at IMDbofficial movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia

"Supertrain" TV series [NBC-TV Feb-May 1979]
'Supertrain' 1979 TV series  Color TV series of 2-hour pilot & eight hour-long episodes: "The adventures of a nation-spanning train and its passengers"; consensus of reviewers is 'great train, lousy stories'; starring Edward Andrews, Harrison Page, Robert Alda, Patrick Collins, Nita Talbot, Aarika Wells, Bill Nuckols, Michael Delano, Charlie Brill
series credits at IMDbseries entry at Wikipedia'Supertrain' fansite
Two-hour pilot co-written by Donald E. Westlake & Earl W. Wallace, both credited as 'series creators' [Feb 1979]
Directed by Dan Curtis; episode stars include George Hamilton, Stella Stevens, Steve Lawrence, Don Stroud, Keenan Wynn, Vicki Lawrence, Parley Baer, Fred Williamson
actual pilot telescript [1979] for $300.00 at Amazon (2/2013)
pilot episode credits at IMDb
"Express To Terror" video release [1988] version of the 120-minute pilot edited down to 96 minutes
Prism Ent. color VHS [1988] out of prodn/rare (overpriced)
Star Classics color VHS [1988] out of prodn/used
no specific/separate credits at IMDb

"Support Your Local Gunfighter" comedy Western comedy Western [May 1971] /tt0067809/
Spoof of Akira Kurosawa's "Yojimbo" [1961], which was in turn based on Dashiell Hammett's "Red Harvest" [1929 novel];
Technicolor™ movie partly filmed on the Durango & Silverton RR in Colorado; starring James Garner

"The Switchman's Tower" silent short
[Edison Company/General Film Co. Aug 1911]
The towerman's wife goes on a railroad drivers picnic excursion against his wishes, leaving him to mind their child, who wanders off into the busy railyard . . .
Silent b&w one-reeler starring Herbert Prior, Mary Fuller, Edna May Weick, James Gordon • bare credits at IMDb

"The Switchtower: Saved By Their Son" silent short
[American Biograph June 1913]
photo from 'The Switchtower' 1913 silent short with Lionel Barrymore and two fellow counterfeiters  The rascally young son of a switchtower operator has lunch with his parents up in the busy tower; his mother leaves and is chased by hobos; she seeks safety in an old shack, but finds a gang of counterfeiters holed up there . . . • Directed by Anthony O'Sullivan; written by George Hennessy; starring Henry B. Walthall, Claire McDowell, Marion Emmons, Lionel Barrymore, Charles West, John T. Dillon, William A. Carroll, Frank Evans, George Beranger, Anthony O'Sullivan, Harry Carey
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
watch full movie [10:32] online at Internet Archive

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