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Train Movies & Railroad Films on DVD & Blu-ray

From classic comedies to thrillers, this train movies guide includes 137 feature-length movies with railroad/subway plots or notable scenes. A description of filming locations is provided with many titles, including historical railroad and locomotive data where available. All titles in this guide are available on DVD or Blu-ray using the links below. If you have questions, corrections, or suggested additions, please let us know.

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Top 10 Classic Train Movies
as selected by RailServe.com Editor Christopher Muller
  #1 - The Train (1964)

Cast: Burt Lancaster, Paul Scofield, Jeanne Moreau, Michel Simon
Director: John Frankenheimer (replaced Arthur Penn upon firing)
Format: English, Black & White, Mono
Runtime: 133 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 7.8 (of 10)
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Synopsis: With the Allied army approaching Paris in August 1944, German commander and art fanatic Colonel Von Waldheim (Paul Scofield) steals a collection of paintings from the Musée du Jeu de Paume and loads them on a train bound for Berlin. Labiche (Burt Lancaster), a railway inspector and member of the Resistance, is at first more concerned with weapons than art. But when a friend is murdered trying to sabotage the colonel's scheme, Labiche vows to stop the art train at any cost. Labiche and his fellow railway men unleash a torrent of devastation but must use skill and deception to protect the train's prized cargo. The story was inspired by an actual art looting and France's successful delay of the German train until the Allies arrived.

Filming Locations: The Train was primarily filmed on location in France, featuring authentic train derailments, wrecks, and air attacks staged in "full scale" without models and with limited sets. Period equipment was donated by French National Railways (SNCF) during their transition from steam to diesel, and full access was provided to seldom used routes and yards. As a result, The Train is widely considered to have the most authentic railroad scenes in a feature film.

Except for the interior museum shots which were filmed with a studio set, other early scenes including the loading of the art train were shot near Paris at the docks of St. Ouen. The rail yard (Vaires) destroyed by an air raid (filmed using A-26s from the French Air Force) was actually staged west of Paris at Gargenville, and required four months to plant and wire nearly two tons dynamite. The Spitfire attack on the daytime light engine return to Rive-Reine (filmed using a Spitfire Mark V) was shot just south of the Château de Robert-le-Diable, near Moulineaux, where the tunnel and viaduct are still used today in freight service. The stations shown during the run to Germany were filmed for about 25 straight nights east of Paris at Troyes, Longueville, and Provins.

The station, crash, and hotel in the fictional Rive-Reine were actually filmed at Acquigny, approximately 60 miles northwest of Paris. The scenes immediately before the crash were shot on the track heading south from Acquigny. The idea of a circuitous route returning to Rive-Reine was not part of the original script, but was improvised to maximize filming opportunities at Acquigny. Director John Frankenheimer felt the village was superior to the initially intended filming locations. Passenger service to Acquigny ended four years prior to filming, providing the opportunity to stage the crash sequence without interrupting rail service. The line is still active as an industrial branch as of 2008, serving the Georgia Pacific mill near Hondouville. The station is now used for offices, and the hotel where Labiche stayed the night was converted to a private residence.

The steam locomotives are Class 230Bs #739 (leads the military train Paris to Vaires), 517 (art train until Rive-Reine crash), 855 (rear engine in Rive-Reine crash), and 711 (art train post-crash). The "armored" locomotive was just another conventional steam engine with exterior casing built by the filmmakers. The air raid at Vaires included several Class 141R locomotives at the engine shop, though perhaps unintentionally as this locomotive class did not begin delivery until 1945. Additionally, a Class 030C #757 was used for the initial derailment at Rive-Reine that blocked the art train. The derailment of #757 was intended to occur much slower, but the stuntman pulled the throttle too far before jumping and caused a high speed crash that took out 9 of 10 cameras and suspended shooting for two days. The unharmed (buried) camera captured a stunning track-level shot for the film. The art train served not only as a key prop in the film, but also to transport the filmmakers' equipment between shooting locations.

   -- Christopher Muller, RailServe.com


  #2 - Emperor of the North (1973)

Cast: Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Keith Carradine, Charles Tyner,
           Malcolm Atterbury
Director: Robert Aldrich
Format: English, Color, Mono
Runtime: 118 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 7.3 (of 10)
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Synopsis: In this gritty period drama set in the depths of the Great Depression, Lee Marvin stars as A #1, the King of the Hoboes. A #1 is famous for his ability to catch a ride on any train no matter how risky the hop or dangerous the guards. He acts as a sort of mentor for Cigaret (Keith Carradine), a young hobo who brags that someday he'll surpass A #1. Neither has had the courage to ride a train guarded by Shack (Ernest Borgnine), an unusually sadistic railroad cop who will brutally beat or even murder any man who tries to catch a ride on his train. A #1 is determined that no one, not even Cigaret, is going to deny him his title, so taking his life in his hands he and Cigaret hop a ride on Shack's train.

Filming Locations: Filmed on the Oregon Pacific & Eastern Railroad, including the rail yard in Cottage Grove, Oregon, with 2-8-2 Mikado Steam Engine #19 which now operates in excursion service on the Yreka Western Railroad in Yreka, California. Ex-Magma Arizona 2-8-0 #5 also appeared as numbers 4 and 27 to represent different engines on different trains.


  #3 - The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)

Cast: Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, Martin Balsam, Hector Elizondo,
           Earl Hindman, Jerry Stiller
Director: Joseph Sargent
Format: English, Color, Mono
Runtime: 104 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 7.7 (of 10)
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Synopsis: Somewhere underground in New York's subway system, just outside the Pelham Station, a gang of armed men hijack a train threatening to kill one hostage per minute unless their demands are met. Forced to stall these unknown assailants until a ransom is delivered or a rescue is made, transit chief Lt. Garber (Walter Matthau) must ad-lib, bully, con, and shrewdly outmaneuver one of the craftiest and cruelest villains (Robert Shaw) in a battle of wits that will either end heroically or tragically.

Filming Locations: Filmed on location in the New York City Subway including tunnels, stations, and subway cars. The hijackers commandeer car #7339, an R22 car built for the IRT in 1958. Some scenes were filmed in Brooklyn's former Court Street Line, which now serves as a link to the New York City Transit Museum. The dispatch/control center was filmed using a studio replica that accurately portrays a control center of the time.

Remake Note: A remake of this film starring Denzel Washington (as Lt. Garber) and John Travolta (as the lead hijacker) was released on DVD and Blu-ray in November 2009.


  #4 - La Bataille Du Rail (1946)

Director: René Clément
Format: French (English subtitles), Black & White, Mono
Runtime: 85 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 7.3 (of 10)
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Synopsis: A courageous effort from noted French director Rene Clement who completed the film during the final months of WWII under extremely dangerous conditions. Using a cast of non-professionals, Clement tells the story of French railway workers who bravely battle the Nazis on many fronts, aiding the Allied invasion of 1944. Legendary cameraman Henri Alekan (Beauty and the Beast), himself a resistance fighter who escaped Nazi POW camps, shot the film in a gritty, semi-documentary style.

Filming Locations: Filmed on the French National Railways (SNCF) in 1945, using steam locomotives, rolling stock, armored train, and infrastructure authentic to WWII. All scenes were filmed "full scale" -- there were no models or soundstage used.


  #5 - The Great Locomotive Chase (1956)

Cast: Fess Parker, Jeffrey Hunter, Jeff York, John Lupton, Eddie Firestone
Director: Francis D. Lyon
Format: English, Color, Mono
Runtime: 88 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 7.1 (of 10)
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Synopsis: When Andrews (Fess Parker), a Union spy, leads a team of soldiers into the South to demolish the railway system, things don't go as planned. The train conductor catches on to the plan, and does everything he can to stop them. Based on the true Civil War story of Andrews' Raiders, who captured a Confederate railroad train during the Civil War and were then pursued by another Confederate locomotive.

Filming Locations: Filmed on the now abandoned Tallulah Falls Railway which ran 58 miles from Cornelia, Georgia to Franklin, North Carolina until 1961. Rural locations along the line resembled the site of the actual chase which occurred nearly 100 miles to the southwest in Kennesaw, Georgia. The General was filmed with 4-4-0 American Steam Engine #25 "William Mason" (built 1856), borrowed from the B&O Railroad Museum where it still operates today. Yonah was shot with a B&O Museum replica of the 1837 "Lafayette."  Finally, Texas was filmed using Inyo #22 (built 1875) of the Virginia & Truckee Railroad. The B&O Museum also supplied two Civil War ammunition cars, two coaches, and a baggage car, and Disney built an additional five period boxcars. The actual steam engine on which the film is based, The General (built 1855), is safely preserved at the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History in Kennesaw, Georgia.


  #6 - Night Passage (1957)

Cast: James Stewart, Audie Murphy, Dan Duryea, Dianne Foster,
           Elaine Stewart
Director: James Neilson
Format: English, Color, Mono
Runtime: 91 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 6.7 (of 10)
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Synopsis: When the local railroad becomes the constant target of a band of desperadoes led by the notorious Whitey Harbin (Dan Duryea), train officials recruit soft-spoken but life-hardened employee Grant McLaine (Stewart) to guard the payroll from any more robberies. Trouble is, the gang's most skilled and lethal gun-slinger, the Utica Kid (Audie Murphy), is Grant's kid brother. Torn between the bonds of blood and his allegiance to the railroad, Grant finds himself hoping for the best but preparing for the worst as the train comes under attack from Harbin's bandits.

Filming Locations: Filmed at the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad (Durango, Colorado) using Denver & Rio Grande Western K-28 Class 2-8-2 #476 which still operates in excursion service today. Railroad scenes were shot just north of Ah Wilderness Ranch, while nearby filming locations included Molas Lake, Red Mountain City, Silverton, and two mines north of Silverton -- Shenandoah-Dives Mine and Mayflower Mine.


  #7 - Von Ryan's Express (1965)

Cast: Frank Sinatra, Trevor Howard, Raffaella Carrŕ, Brad Dexter,
           Sergio Fantoni, John Leyton, Edward Mulhare, Wolfgang Preiss
Director: Mark Robson
Format: English, Color, Mono
Runtime: 117 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 7.1 (of 10)
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Synopsis: When US combat pilot Col. Joseph Ryan (Frank Sinatra) is shot down by Nazis and placed in a prison camp, he's more concerned with surviving than escaping, earning him the insulting nickname, "Von Ryan." But in time, Ryan takes over from the commanding British officer (Trevor Howard) and masterminds the commandeering of a train and gets it across Italy to Switzerland with the Nazis in hot pursuit. Then it's all blazing action, hair-raising chases, and spectacular Italian scenery in this Oscar-nominated adventure that runs full speed until the nail-biting finale.

Filming Locations: Exterior scenes were filmed on the Italian State Railways, including the train station in Florence, Italy. Interior train scenes (including compartments) were filmed on a soundstage. The final battle scenes outside the train (with bridges and tunnels) were filmed near El Chorro, Málaga, Spain.


  #8 - La Bęte Humaine (1938)

Cast: Jean Gabin, Simone Simon, Fernand Ledoux, Blanchette Brunoy
Director
: Jean Renoir
Format: French (English subtitles), Black & White, Mono
Runtime: 85 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 7.8 (of 10)
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Synopsis: The story tells of train engineer Jacques Lantier (Jean Gabin) who lusts after Séverine Roubaud (Simone Simon), the wife of his co-worker Roubaud (Fernand Ledoux). Roubaud, discovers that his young wife, Séverine, has been seduced by her godfather, the wealthy Grandmorin. Jealous, Roubaud forces Séverine to assist in the murder of Grandmorin during a train journey.

Filming Locations: Filmed on the French National Railways (SNCF) between Le Havre and Paris, including St. Lazare Station in Paris.


  #9 - Runaway Train (1985)

Cast: Jon Voight, Eric Roberts, Rebecca De Mornay, John P. Ryan
Director: Andrei Konchalovsky
Format: English, Color, Stereo
Runtime: 111 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 7.3 (of 10)
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Synopsis: Manny (John Voight) is the toughest convict in a remote Alaskan prison who, along with fellow inmate Buck (Eric Roberts), makes a daring break into the frozen wasteland. Hopping a freight train, they head for freedom, but when the engineer dies of a heart attack, they find themselves trapped and racing full-throttle towards disaster. Crashing through stations at fatal speeds and hunted from above by a sadistic warden in a helicopter, Manny and Buck are convinced it's just the two of them against the world...until they discover a beautiful railroad worker (Rebecca DeMornay) who's also trapped aboard and destined to share their uncertain fate.

Filming Locations: Filmed on the Alaska Railroad near Portage Glacier, Whittier, and Grandview, Alaska. Four Alaska Railroad locomotives included GP40 #3010, F7 #1500, and GP7s #1801 and #1810. Railyard scenes were filmed at the Butte, Anaconda & Pacific Railroad in Anaconda, Montana using BA&P's locomotive fleet and an F9 locomotive from the Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad.


  #10 - The General (1927)

Cast: Buster Keaton, Marion Mack
Director: Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton
Format: Black & White, Silent
Runtime: 78 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 8.3 (of 10) - Ranked in Top 150 Films of All Time
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Synopsis: Buster Keaton plays Johnny Gray, a Southern railroad engineer who loves his train engine, The General, almost as much as he loves Annabelle Lee (Marion Mack). When the opening shots of the Civil War are fired at Fort Sumter, Johnny tries to enlist -- and he is deemed too useful as an engineer to be a soldier. All Johnny knows is that he's been rejected, and Annabelle, thinking him a coward, turns her back on him. When Northern spies steal the General (and, unwittingly, Annabelle), the story switches from drama and romance to adventure mixed with Keaton's trademark deadpan humor as he uses every means possible to catch up to the General, thwart the Yankees, and rescue his darling Annabelle -- for starters.

Filming Locations: Filmed on a logging railroad in Cottage Grove, Oregon.


Other Films with Significant Railroad Themes
sorted alphabetically by title

  Alfred Hitchcock's 39 Steps (1935)

Cast: Robert Donat, Madeliene Carroll, Lucie Mannheim, Goodfrey Tearle
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Format: English, Black & White, Mono
Runtime: 86 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 7.9 (of 10)
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Synopsis: Richard Hannay (Robert Donat), a Canadian rancher on vacation in England, attends a music hall performance by "Mr. Memory" (Wylie Watson). In the midst of the show, shots ring out and Richard flees the theater. Moments later, a terrified woman (Lucie Mannheim) begs Richard to help her. Back at his room, she tells him that she's a British spy whose life has been threatened by international agents waiting outside. Richard is certain that she's mad until she reappears at his door in the morning, near death with a knife in her back, a map in her hand, and muttering something about "39 Steps." Discovering that a group of thugs are indeed waiting outside, Richard slips away and takes the first train to the Scottish town on the dead woman's map. Richard learns that he's now wanted by the police for murder, and he must find a way to clear his name.


  The Arizona Express (1928)

Cast: Pauline Starke, Evelyn Brent, Anne Cornwall, Harold Goodwin,
          David Butler, Francis McDonald, Frank Beal
Director: Tom Buckingham
Format: Black & White, Silent
Runtime: 70 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 6.4 (of 10)
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Synopsis: When David Keith (Harold Goodwin) is railroaded to prison for allegedly killing his uncle, his sister Katherine (Pauline Starke) must prove his innocence to the governor's office. Onboard the Arizona Express, Katherine and her sweetheart Steve Butler (David Butler) face off with the gang to save Katherine's brother.


  Atomic Train (1999)

Cast: Rob Lowe, Kristin Davis, Esai Morales, John Finn, Mena Suvari
Director: David Jackson, Dick Lowry
Format: English, Color, Stereo
Runtime: 168 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 4.5 (of 10)
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Synopsis: In this made-for-TV thriller, a train hauling a cargo of radioactive waste is passing through Colorado when its brakes fail in the Rocky Mountains. The train begins rolling out of control and is headed for Denver with no way to stop it. John Seger (Rob Lowe), an agent with the National Transportation Safety Board, has to find a way to bring the train safely to a halt, and he soon learns that the stakes are even greater than he imagined -- a faulty Russian atomic bomb is also on board, which could blow the city sky high in the event of a wreck.

Filming Locations: Filmed on the British Columbia Railway (BC Rail) near Vancouver.


  Avalanche Express (1979)

Cast: Lee Marvin, Robert Shaw, Linda Evans, Maximilian Schell
Director: Mark Robson
Format: English, Color, Mono
Runtime: 88 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 4.6 (of 10)
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Synopsis: When a senior Russian official, Gen. Marenkov (Shaw), decides to defect to the west, CIA agent Harry Wargrave (Marvin) is sent to lead the team to get him out. During the journey they must survive terrorist attack and an avalanche, all planned by Russian spy-catcher Nikolai Bunin (Schell).


  Berlin Express (1948)

Cast: Merle Oberon, Robert Ryan, Charles Korvin, Paul Lukas
Director: Jacques Tourneur
Format: English, Black & White, Mono
Runtime: 87 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 6.9 (of 10)
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Synopsis: In this first American movie filmed in post-World War II Germany, four postwar heroes from Britain, France, Russia, and the U.S. are onboard a train where an anti-fascist German statesman is kidnapped. The four must put aside their political differences to save the man from a Nazi murder plot.


  Bhowani Junction (1956)

Cast: Ava Gardner, Stewart Granger, Bill Travers, Peter Illing
Director: George Cukor
Format: English, Black & White, Stereo
Runtime: 1010minutes
IMDB User Rating: 6.2 (of 10)
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Synopsis: Set during India's battle for independence from Britain, the film begins with Victoria Jones (Gardner) returning to her native land after several years in England. Her loyalties are put to the test by two men in her life: Col. Rodney Savage (Granger), whose job it is to prevent sabotage on the railway at Bhowani Junction, and Patrick Taylor (Travers), another half-caste like Victoria. When she is forced to kill in self-defense, Victoria is given comfort by Communist insurrectionist Ghanshyam (Illing), further dividing her fidelities.

Filming Locations: Filmed at the Longmoor Military Railway in England and the Lahore & Northwestern Railway in Pakistan. The train crash scene was shot at Longmoor with a locomotive made of plywood.


  The Billion Dollar Hobo (1977)

Cast: Tim Conway, Al Stellone, Ellen Gerstein, Jerry Toomey, Kevin Brando
Director: Stuart E. McGowan
Format: English, Color, Mono
Runtime: 96 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 4.1 (of 10)
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Synopsis: The obtuse nephew of a multi-millionaire finds that he has inherited a fortune. However, a stipulation in the will requires that he become a hobo before he can become a billionaire. To inherit his uncle's fortune, Vernon Praiseworthy must ride the rails in imitation of a Depression-era hobo, just as his uncle did before he became rich. Vernon and his faithful dog Bo take off on their adventure and soon find themselves enmeshed in a dognapping scheme with two thugs.

Filming Locations: Filmed on the Southern Pacific Railroad around Santa Susana Pass (southern California) using GP20 #4101 and GP9s #3840 and #3688, among others.


  Blind Chance (1981)

Cast: Boguslaw Linda, Tadeusz Lomnicki, Zbigniew Zapasiewicz,
           Boguslawa Pawelec
Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Format: English, Color, Stereo
Runtime: 122 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 7.8 (of 10)
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Synopsis: Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski weaves a fascinating tale of fate that draws the curtain back on life in communist Poland circa 1980. The film plays out three possible life scenarios for a disillusioned young man named Witek (Boguslaw Linda), all depending on whether he catches a certain train to Warsaw.

Filming Locations: Filmed at the Lodz Fabryczna station in Poland.


  Boxcar Bertha (1972)

Cast: Barbara Hershey, David Carradine, Barry Primus, Bernie Casey
Director: Martin Scorsese
Format: English, Color, Mono
Runtime: 88 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 6.1 (of 10)
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Synopsis: Boxcar Bertha is a Bonnie and Clyde-like yarn set during the Depression. The title character, played by Barbara Hershey, links up with union organizer David Carradine after the death of her father. Running afoul of anti-union forces, Bertha and Carradine are forced into a life of crime. Whereas Bonnie and Clyde robbed banks, Boxcar Bertha's specialty is trains.

Filming Locations: Filmed with a 24-day shoot on a budget of $600,000 in Reader, Arkansas. The 2-6-2 #108, built in 1920 by Baldwin, is now owned by the Blacklands Railroad in Texas. Some of the railroad equipment was out of sync with the Depression-era setting. For example, the 2-8-0 steam locomotive #1702 (now owned by the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in North Carolina) was built by Baldwin in 1942 for the U.S. Army.


  Breakheart Pass (1975)

Cast: Charles Bronson, Ben Johnson, Richard Crenna, Jill Ireland,
           Charles Durning
Director: Tom Gries
Format: English, Color, Mono
Runtime: 95 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 6.5 (of 10)
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Synopsis: At the height of the frontier era, a locomotive races through the Rocky Mountains on a classified mission to a remote Army post. But one by one, the passengers are being murdered. Their only hope is John Deakin (Charles Bronson), a mysterious prisoner-in-transit who must fight for his life - and the lives of everyone on the train - as he uncovers a deadly secret that explodes in a torrent of shocking revelations, explosive brawls, and blazing gun battles.

Filming Locations: Filmed on the Camas Prairie Railroad (Lewiston, Idaho), using Great Western Railway 2-8-0 Consolidated Steam Locomotive #75. This engine later pulled excursion trains at the Heber Valley Railroad in Heber City, Utah, where it is now undergoing restoration.


  The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

Cast: William Holden, Jack Hawkins, Alec Guinness, Sessue Hayakawa,
           James Donald, Geoffrey Horne
Director: David Lean
Format: English, Color, Mono
Runtime: 167 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 8.4 (of 10) - Ranked in Top 100 Films of All Time
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Synopsis: Based on the 1943 building of a railway bridge to link Thailand and Burma, the story centers on a Japanese prison camp isolated deep in the jungles of Southeast Asia, where the remorseless Colonel Saito (Sessue Hayakawa) has been charged with building the bridge for the Japanese. His clash of wills with a British prisoner, the charismatic Colonel Nicholson (Alec Guinness), escalates into a duel of honor, Nicholson defying his captor's demands to win concessions for his troops. How the two officers reach a compromise, and Nicholson becomes obsessed with building that bridge, provides the story's thematic spine; the parallel movement of a team of commandos dispatched to stop the project, led by a British major (Jack Hawkins) and guided by an American escapee (William Holden), supplies the story's suspense and forward momentum.

Filming Locations: Filmed entirely on location in Sri Lanka (then Ceylon). The 400-foot wood bridge created for the film took more than six months to complete using 25 elephants and hundreds of native workers. The locomotive in the crash was built in the 1890s and operated in India prior to purchase for the film. A diesel engine was used at the rear of the train to ensure all four coaches followed the steam engine off the bridge.

The destruction of the bridge as depicted in the film is entirely fictional. In reality, two bridges were built -- a temporary wooden bridge and a permanent steel bridge a few months later. Both bridges were used for two years until they were destroyed by Allied warplanes in June 1945. After the war, the steel bridge was rebuilt by Japan and is still in use today.


  Brief Encounter (1945)

Cast: Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard, Stanley Holloway, Joyce Carey,
           Cyril Raymond
Director: David Lean
Format: English, Black & White, Mono
Runtime: 86 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 8.3 (of 10) - Ranked in Top 150 Films of All Time
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Synopsis: Sentimental yet down-to-earth and set in pre-World War II England, the film follows British housewife Laura Jesson (Celia Johnson), who is on her way home, but catches a cinder in her eye. By chance, she meets Dr. Alec Harvey (Trevor Howard), who removes it for her. The two talk for a few minutes and strike immediate sparks, but they end up catching different trains. However, both return to the station once a week to meet and, as the film progresses, they grow closer, sharing stories, hopes, and fears about their lives, marriages, and children.

Filming Locations: Train and platform scenes were filmed at the railway station in Carnforth, Lancashire, UK, then a junction on the London, Midland & Scottish Railway.


  Broadway Limited (1941)

Cast: Dennis O'Keefe, Victor McLaglen, Marjorie Woodworth, Zasu Pitts,
           Patsy Kelly, George E. Stone, Leonid Kinsky
Director: Gordon Douglas
Format: English, Black & White, Mono
Runtime: 75 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 5.1 (of 10)
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Synopsis: The whole story unfolds on a Chicago-to-Manhattan express train; among the passengers are Hollywood starlet April (Marjorie Woodworth), her producer Ivan (Leonid Kinskey) and her wisecracking secretary (Patsy Kelly). Hoping to stir up publicity for April, Patsy and Ivan conspire to adopt a baby for their client. Trouble is, the authorities are convinced that the child has been kidnapped, causing no end of trouble for such innocent bystanders as engineer Mike (Victor McLaglen), bookish young doctor Harvey North (Dennis O'Keefe), and a garrulous clubwoman (Zasu Pitts).

Filming Locations: Features a number of Pennsylvania Railroad scenes on "the broad way" between New York and Chicago, including PRR K4 Pacific steam locomotive #3768 with a matching passenger train. Also included is PRR 4-4-0 American steam locomotive #1223. The 1223 later operated on the Strasburg Railroad, a tourist railroad in the Amish farmlands of eastern Pennsylvania, and is now preserved at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg, Pennsylvania. We also see Pennsy's GG1 on electrified track east of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.


  Bullet Train (1975)

Cast: Ken Takakura, Sonny Chiba, Kei Yamamoto, Eiji Go
Director: Junya Sato
Format: Japanese, Color, Mono
Runtime: 152 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 7.0 (of 10)
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Synopsis: Criminals have hidden a bomb on a Shinkansen train barreling through the Japanese countryside. The bomb is set to explode if the train’s speed drops below a certain level. With the end of the line somewhere ahead and a very large number of increasingly agitated passengers on board, somehow that bomb must be found and defused. This concept later served as the basis of the American action film Speed.


  Burning Train (1980)

Cast: Dharmendra, Vinod Khanna, Jeetendra
Director: Ravi Chopra
Format: Hindi, Color, Mono
Runtime: 142 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 7.0 (of 10)
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Synopsis: Vinod Verma, an employee of the Indian Railways, has a dream of building the fastest train in India. When the Railway Board finally approves his prototype for the Super Express, an embittered colleague seeks revenge.


  Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

Cast: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Strother Martin,
           Henry Jones, Jeff Corey, George Furth
Director: George Roy Hill
Format: English, Color, Mono
Runtime: 110 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 8.2 (of 10) - Ranked in Top 200 Films of All Time
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Synopsis: Paul Newman plays the legendary outlaw Butch Cassidy as an eternal optimist and self-styled visionary, conjuring dreams of banks just ripe for the picking all over the world. Robert Redford is his more levelheaded partner, the sharpshooting Sundance Kid. The film basically begins as a freewheeling story about robbing trains but soon becomes a chase as a relentless posse - always seen at a great distance like some remote authority - forces Butch and Sundance into the hills and, finally, Bolivia.

Filming Locations: Filmed on the Rio Grande narrow gauge lines north and east of Durango, Colorado, featuring K-28 Mikados 473 and 478.


  Canadian Pacific (1949)

Cast: Randolph Scott, Jane Wyatt, J. Carroll Naish, Nancy Olson
Director: Edwin Marin
Format: English, Color, Mono
Runtime: 94 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 5.8 (of 10)
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Synopsis: Canadian Pacific Railroad and the savage untamed wilderness go head-to-head in a frontier tale of sabotage, love, and revenge as land surveyor Tom Andrews attempts to bring British Columbia to the rest of the world. Aided by his trusty sidekick Dynamite Dawson, Tom and a gang of yard boys must battle mad trappers, Native Americans, and the wild Canadian unknown.

Filming Locations: Filmed on location in the Canadian Rockies.


  The Cassandra Crossing (1976)

Cast: Sophia Loren, Richard Harris, Martin Sheen, O.J. Simpson,
           Lionel Stander, Ava Gardner, Burt Lancaster
Director: George P. Cosmatos
Format: English, Color, Mono
Runtime: 129 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 6.1 (of 10)
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Synopsis: When a plague-infected terrorist, fleeing from the police, exposes the 1,000 riders of the Geneva to Stockholm Express, Colonel MacKenzie (Burt Lancaster) is called in to handle the situation. He locates a doctor aboard the train, Jonathan Chamberlain (Richard Harris) who, with his wife (Sophia Loren), finds the fugitive. They attempt to transfer him to a hovering helicopter, but fail, and the terrorist dies. To prevent the spread of the plague, Colonel MacKenzie directs the train to the Cassandra Crossing where it will plunge into oblivion, killing all aboard. At Nuremberg, the train is pumped with oxygen and the stricken passengers begin to recover. Dr. Chamberlain argues that they can be spared, but Colonel MacKenzie refuses, and as the train rushes toward the collapsing Cassandra Crossing bridge, Chamberlain struggles to disconnect the cars and save the passengers from their appointment with doom.

Filming Locations: The Garabit Viaduct, an active railroad bridge spanning the Truyčre River in France, was filmed to represent the condemned "Cassandra Crossing." The viaduct was built from 1880 to 1884 by Gustave Eiffel, who later constructed the famous Eiffel tower.

The train station at the beginning of the film, identified as Geneva, was actually filmed at Basel, Switzerland. Exterior scenes of the train were filmed in Italy, France, and Switzerland with multiple electric and diesel locomotives. Interior shots were filmed at a studio in Rome, Italy.


  Caught on a Train (1980)

Cast: Peggy Ashcroft, Michael Kitchen, Wendy Raebeck, Michael Sheard
Director: Peter Duffell
Format: English, Color, Dolby Digital
Runtime: 80 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 7.9 (of 10)
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Synopsis: An overnight train trip through Europe becomes a profoundly unsettling odyssey for a young English businessman in this award-winning BBC drama. Peter (Michael Kitchen) boards the Ostend-Vienna express on his way to an important meeting and is delighted to meet a potential companion, a free-spirited young American (Wendy Raebeck) traveling alone. Already crowded, their compartment is overrun by the arrival of an imperious Viennese dowager, Frau Messner (Peggy Ashcroft). This vestige of Old Europe becomes Peter’s nemesis, by turns infuriating and fascinating him, while his relationship with the young American takes an unexpected course.


  Closely Watched Trains (1966)

Cast: Václav Neckár, Josef Somr, Vlastimil Brodský, Vladimír Valenta
Director: Jirí Menzel
Format: Czech, Black & White, Mono
Runtime: 93 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 8.0 (of 10)
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Synopsis: The 1966 Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Film, "Closely Watched Trains" is a charming look at the life of a young train conductor (Václav Neckár) during the German occupation of Czechoslovakia. He is ineptly led into an erotic encounter with a beautiful girl and fails to perform. But this unlikely hero takes a stand when his village is threatened by the occupying German Army.

Filming Locations: The fictional station of Kostomlaty is the actual depot in Lodenice, a small town in south-central Czech Republic.


  Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day (1996)

Cast: Peter Alexander, Henry Gibson, Michael Stipe, John Diehl
Director: Christopher Munch
Format: English, Black & White, Matrix Surround
Runtime: 85 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 6.0 (of 10)
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Synopsis: This winner of the Best Cinematography Award at the Sundance Film Festival tells the story of John Lee (Peter Alexander), grandson to a Chinese railroad laborer, who holds idealistic visions of saving the Yosemite Valley Railroad from bankruptcy with help from long-time rail employees (Michael Stipe of R.E.M. and Henry Gibson of Magnolia).

Filming Locations: Sierra Railroad #3 was lettered as Yosemite Valley #27 for the film. Static scenes were shot at the Railtown 1897 roundhouse, with some office scenes at the Nevada Northern Railway.


  Creep (2004)

Cast: Franka Potente, Vas Blackwood
Director: Christopher Smith
Format: English, Color, Dolby Digital
Runtime: 85 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 5.5 (of 10)
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Synopsis: Heading home late at night, Kate (Franka Potente) falls asleep at a London Underground station. She awakens to find herself trapped in the station with all exits locked. While being attacked by a co-worker who has followed her, a mysterious unseen creature drags him away and kills him. This begins a terrifying ordeal, as Kate attempts to escape through a dark labyrinth of subway tunnels.

Filming Locations: Filmed at various locations in the London Underground, including Charing Cross and Aldwych stations.


  Crossed Signals (1926)

Cast: Helen Holmes, Henry Victor, Georgie Chapman, William Lowery
Director: J.P. McGowan
Format: Black & White, Silent
Runtime: 52 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 7.9 (of 10)
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Synopsis: A federal agent (Henry Victor) is sent to a small town to bust up a counterfeiting ring headquartered in the local railway station. The counterfeiters have framed the manager (Helen Holmes) and she must work with the agent to clear her name and get the goods on the real crooks.


  Danger Lights (1930)

Cast: Louis Wolheim, Robert Armstrong, Jean Arthur, Hugh Herbert
Director: George B. Seitz
Format: English, Black & White, Mono
Runtime: 74 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 6.0 (of 10)
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Synopsis: When an engaged woman falls in love with a handsome hobo, life gets complicated for the old railroad supervisor who is set on marrying her. Wonderfully detailed, this film features several classic trains and railways from the 1920s.

Filming Locations: Filmed on the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad, principally at Miles City and Sixteen Mile Canyon, Montana.


  The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

Cast: Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman, Anjelica Huston
Director: Wes Anderson
Format: English, Color, Dolby Digital
Runtime: 91 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 7.3 (of 10)
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Synopsis: Francis (Owen Wilson) has invited his brothers, Jack (Jason Schwartzman) and Peter (Adrien Brody), to join him on a train trip for a spiritual quest through India. The brothers have been estranged since their father's sudden death, and each is now embroiled in his own personal drama. Jack is toyed with by his two-timing girlfriend, Peter's wife is about to give birth, and Francis recently survived a car crash that nearly killed him. As the train travels across India, the brothers try to reconnect, but mainly end up arguing and sharing pharmaceuticals. Francis admits that the real reason he lured them there is because he wants them to visit their mother (Anjelica Huston), so they travel on to meet her at a convent in the Himalayas.

Filming Locations: Filmed at India's Northwestern Railways inside a moving train between Jodhpur and Jaisalmer through the Thar desert.


  Death Train (2006)

Cast: Arnold Vosloo, Mathis Landwehr, Stefan Bieker, Ken Bones
Director: Diethard Küster
Format: English, Color, Dolby Digital
Runtime: 104 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 4.4 (of 10)
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Synopsis: A relentless secret society known as "Pugnus Dei" attempts to recruit a former solder by any means necessary in this white-knuckle action thriller starring The Mummy's Arnold Vosloo. Their target has been traumatized, but nothing he can say or do will prevent the nefarious order from realizing their goal. Time is running out fast, and when the cornered soldier realizes that he has no choice but to fight, the stage is set for a rumble that will send shockwaves reverberating across the globe.


  Death Train (2003)

Cast: Bryan Genesse, Bentley Mitchum, Tarri Markell
Director: Yossi Wein
Format: English, Color, Stereo
Runtime: 90 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 2.9 (of 10)
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Synopsis: A band of armed, escaped convicts has taken over a passenger train in the Mexican countryside. Holding the passengers at gunpoint, the runaway train hurtles toward a deadly impact. Meanwhile, agent Ryan (Bryan Genesse) frantically engages in a game of cat-and-mouse with the hijackers, knowing that he is the only thing standing between the criminals and the loss of dozens of innocent people.


  Denver & Rio Grande (1952)

Cast: Edmond O'Brien, Sterling Hayden, Dean Jagger, Laura Elliot
Director: Byron Haskin
Format: English, Color, Mono
Runtime: 89 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 5.6 (of 10)
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Synopsis: Jim Vesser (O'Brien) is responsible for building the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad across the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. Standing in his way is the ruthless McCabe (Hayden) who's trying to lay his Canyon City & San Juan Railroad tracks first. The conflict between the men turns into guerilla warfare between the two railroads.

Filming Locations: Filmed on location at the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad (now Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad) between Durango and Silverton, Colorado. D&RGW steam locomotives #268, 319, and 345 (painted as a double for 268) were used in the film. The 319 and 345 were wrecked for the head-on crash scene.


  Derailed (2002)

Cast: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Tomas Arana, Laura Harring
Director: Bob Misiorowski
Format: English, Color, Dolby Digital
Runtime: 89 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 3.5 (of 10)
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Synopsis: On a hijacked train holding hostages and high-tech bio-weapons, Agent Kristoff (Van Damme) becomes a one man army to derail the terrorists and save the lives of everyone on board. Loaded with spectacle, Derailed features car chases, shootouts, explosions, a train collision, hand-to-hand combat, and Van Damme riding a motorcycle on top of the train.


  Detonator aka Alistair MacLean's Death Train (1993)

Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Patrick Stewart, Alexandra Paul, Ted Levine,
           Christopher Lee
Director: David Jackson
Format: English, Color, Stereo
Runtime: 98 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 5.3 (of 10)
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Synopsis: A German scientist has aided an ex-Soviet general in constructing a nuclear weapon which is now in the possession of an American mercenary, heading across Europe in a hijacked train. Malcolm Philpott, a member of UNACO (United Nations Anti Crime Organization), must use a team of agents to stop this death train at all costs.


  Dynamite Denny (1932)

Cast: Jay Wilsey, William V. Mong, Matthew Betz, Blanche Mehaffey
Director: Frank R. Strayer
Format: English, Black & White, Mono
Runtime: 52 minutes
IMDB User Rating: Not Rated
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Synopsis: Railroad engineer 'Dynamite' Denny (Jay Wilsey) refuses to participate in a strike and is blacklisted by the union. The railroad president (William V. Mong) disguises himself as a locomotive fireman to find the source of labor unrest. When the union leader (Matthew Betz) goes after the railroad president, it's up to Dynamite to save him.


  El Ultimo Tren (2002)

Cast: Héctor Alterio, Federico Luppi, Gastón Pauls, Pepe Soriano
Director: Diego Arsuaga
Format: Spanish, Color, Dolby Digital
Runtime: 93 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 6.9 (of 10)
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Synopsis: An ambitious business man (Gastón Pauls) wants to sell locomotive #33 to a company in Hollywood. A group of elderly men known as "The Friends of the Rails" believe that doing so would cost Uruguay a part of its heritage, so they devise a plan to steal the train. The escapade takes the train all across the country, exhibiting Uruguay's vibrant landscape and varied climate, as well as revealing many abandoned towns and train stations.


  End of the Line (1987)

Cast: Kevin Bacon, Wilford Brimley, Levon Helm, Mary Steenburgen,
           Henderson Forsythe
Director: Jay Russell
Format: English, Color, Mono
Runtime: 105 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 5.6 (of 10)
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Synopsis: Two Southern railroad workers, Will Haney (Wilford Brimley) and his friend Leo Pickett (Levon Helm), steal a locomotive and drive it to Chicago to protest the closing of a station in Clifford, Arkansas.  The duo gathers encouragement at every hamlet along the way as entire towns come out to lend support for the cause. The company tries to use the rural rubes to their promotional advantage, but Haney and Pickett take a stand and win an audience with aging company figurehead Thomas Clinton (Henderson Forsythe).


  Europa (1991)

Cast: Jean-Marc Barr, Barbara Sukowa, Udo Kier, Max von Sydow
Director: Lars von Trier
Format: English, Color, Dolby
Runtime: 112 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 7.6 (of 10)
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Synopsis: An American of German descent arrives in post-war Germany 1945. His uncle gets him a job on the Zentropa train line as a sleeping car conductor. The American's wish is to be neutral to the ongoing purges of loyalists by the Allied forces and do what he can to help a hurting country, but he finds himself being used by both the Americans and the influential family that owns the railroad. After falling in love with the railroad magnate's daughter, he finds that he can't remain neutral and must make some difficult choices.


  587: The Great Train Robbery (2004)

Cast: Ran Burns, Nicholas Abeel, Ariadne Baker-Dunn, Roger Schmelzer
Director: Dan T. Hall
Format: English, Color, Stereo
Runtime: 80 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 5.6 (of 10)
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Synopsis: Alex discovers a fully-functional steam locomotive, "The 587," destined for the scrap heap. He and his sister Molly devise a plan to rescue the antique engine with the help of an old engineer, Russel, his dog, Sparky, and kids from the neighborhood.


  The French Connection (1971)

Cast: Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, Roy Scheider, Tony Lo Bianco
Director: William Friedkin
Format: English, Color, Mono
Runtime: 104 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 7.9 (of 10)
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Synopsis: Popeye Doyle (Gene Hackman), a brutally pushy New York City narcotics detective, is a dauntless crime fighter and Vietnam-era "pig," a reckless vulgarian whose antics get innocent people killed. Loosely based upon an actual investigation that led to what was then the biggest heroin seizure in U.S. history, the picture traces the efforts of Doyle and his partner (Roy Scheider) to close the pipeline pumping Middle Eastern smack into the States through the French port of Marseilles.

Filming Locations: The subway chase was filmed over five weeks on New York's elevated West End Line (now used by the D train) in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn. From the Bay 50th Street station near Coney Island, Hackman commandeers a car and follows a Manhattan-bound train for 26 blocks until it hits a stopped train just beyond the 62nd Street station. The elevated train's lead cars are 4572 and 4573, two of 400 model R42 cars built by the St. Louis Car Co., 1969-70. The trainset seen in the movie is lettered for the N line, even though the chase takes place on what was then the B line and now the D. The MTA allowed filming on the center (express) track of the three-track elevated line between 10am and 3pm when regular rush-hour express trains weren't running. The scene in which drug kingpin Fernando Rey evades Hackman on the 42nd Street Shuttle was filmed over two days in the shuttle's Grand Central Station and includes car 6609 (one of 400 R17 cars built by St. Louis Car Co., 1955-56) which is now preserved at the New York Transit Museum.


  The Ghost Train (1941)

Cast: Arthur Askey, Richard Murdoch, Kathleen Harrison
Director: Walter Forde
Format: English, Black & White, Mono
Runtime: 85 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 6.2 (of 10)
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Synopsis: This is the third remake of a popular British comedy/thriller about travelers stranded at a desolate train station who are startled by the appearance of a phantom train, actually part of a very real smuggling conspiracy.


  The Good Guys and the Bad Guys (1969)

Cast: Robert Mitchum, George Kennedy, Martin Balsam, David Carradine,
           Tina Louise, Douglas Fowley
Director: Burt Kennedy
Format: English, Color, Mono
Runtime: 90 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 5.9 (of 10)
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Synopsis: In this comic western, Flagg (Robert Mitchum) is a veteran marshal forced to retire by the pompous Mayor Wilker (Martin Balsam). McKay (George Kennedy) is a wily gunslinger. The two combine forces to stop a young band of outlaws from robbing the train when it pulls into the station. Flagg warns the mayor of the upcoming attempt but is not taken seriously by the town politician. McKay and Flagg ride out to warn the train of the impending crime, which finds McKay facing members of his own gang in a traditional western showdown.

Filming Locations: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad in Chama, New Mexico


  The Great K&A Train Robbery (1926)

Cast: Tom Mix, Dorothy Dwan, Will Walling, Harry Grip, Carl Miller
Director: Lewis Seiler
Format: Black & White, Silent
Runtime: 53 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 6.4 (of 10)
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Synopsis: Detective Tom Gordon (Tom Mix) investigates a series of train robberies in this fast-paced, stunt-driven film. Mix poses as a masked outlaw in order to infiltrate the outlaw gang behind the robberies, only to discover that their leader is the secretary (Carl Miller) to the railroad president (William Walling). Along the way, the hero falls in love with the president's daughter (Dorothy Dwan).

Filming Locations: Filmed on location at Glenwood Canyon, Colorado.


  The Great St. Trinian's Train Robbery (1966)

Cast: Frankie Howerd, Dora Bryan, George Cole, Reg Varney,
           Ramond Huntley, Richard Wattis
Director: Sidney Gilliat, Frank Launder
Format: English, Color, Mono
Runtime: 90 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 5.5 (of 10)
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Synopsis: Comedian Frankie Howerd plays the head of a train-robbery gang who cleverly hides the loot from their biggest haul in a deserted old mansion. The gang waits seven years for the statute of limitations to run out, then returns to the mansion to dig up their $7 million booty. Unfortunately for the crooks, the mansion has been converted into the new site for St. Trinian's School for Girls.


  The Great Train Robbery (1979)

Cast: Sean Connery, Donald Sutherland, Wayne Sleep, Alan Webb,
           Lesley-Anne Down
Director: Michael Crichton
Format: English, Color, Stereo
Runtime: 110 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 6.9 (of 10)
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Synopsis: The Great Train Robbery is a dramatization of the famous first hold-up of a moving train in 1855 England. The conspirators in this undertaking are Edward Pierce (Sean Connery), Agar (Donald Sutherland) and Clean Willy (Wayne Sleep). Pierce is the brains, Clean Willy the brawn, and safecracker Agar provides the finesse. The scheme involves stealing a shipment of gold bars intended to be used in the payroll for the Army in the Crimean War.

Filming Locations: Mostly filmed in Ireland, including the railway line between Mullingar and Athlone. J15 class 0-6-0 steam locomotives #184 & #186 were used from the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland.


  The Great Train Robbery (1903)

Cast: Morgan Jones, Tom London, Gilbert M. Anderson, A.C. Abadie
Director: Edwin S. Porter
Format: Black & White, Silent
Runtime: 12 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 7.5 (of 10)
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Synopsis: A group of four men assault a train station clerk, then rob a train where they take the money and shoot a passenger. Once the clerk is discovered tied up at the station, the sheriff and his men begin a hunt for the bandits. This 1903 film uses simple editing techniques (each scene is a single shot) and the story is mostly linear (with only a few "meanwhile" moments) but it represents a significant step in movie making, being one of the first "narrative" movies.


  The Harvey Girls (1946)

Cast: Judy Garland, John Hodiak, Ray Bolger, Angela Lansbury,
           Preston Foster
Director: George Sidney
Format: English, Color, Mono
Runtime: 101 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 6.9 (of 10)
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Synopsis: On a train trip west to become a mail order bride, Susan Bradley (Judy Garland) meets a cheery crew of young women. They're traveling west to open a Harvey House restaurant at a remote whistle stop to provide good cooking and wholesome company for railway travelers. When Susan and her bashful suitor find romance daunting, Susan joins the Harvey Girls instead.


  Horror Express (1973)

Cast: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Telly Savalas
Director: Eugenio Martín
Format: English, Color, Mono
Runtime: 90 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 6.3 (of 10)
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Synopsis: This horror science-fiction thriller, a cult favorite, takes place in 1907. Professor Caxton (Christopher Lee), a fossil-hunter has discovered some sort of pre-human creature frozen in ancient Manchurian ice. He is traveling to London with his find on the Trans-Siberian Railway and is horrified to discover that his frozen man is missing, and corpses and zombies are appearing all over the train. It turns out that the frozen specimen is an alien with some unusual powers. The combined forces of Professor Caxton, his rival Dr. Wells (Peter Cushing), and a Cossack captain (Telly Savalas) are needed to save the world from this monstrous being.


  How the West Was Won (1962)

Cast: Carroll Baker, Lee J. Cobb, Karl Malden, Henry Fonda
Directors: John Ford, Henry Hathaway, George Marshall
Format: English, Color, Stereo
Runtime: 162 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 7.0 (of 10)
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Synopsis: This horror science-fiction thriller, a cult favorite, takes place in 1907. Professor Caxton (Christopher Lee), a fossil-hunter has discovered some sort of pre-human creature frozen in ancient Manchurian ice. He is traveling to London with his find on the Trans-Siberian Railway and is horrified to discover that his frozen man is missing, and corpses and zombies are appearing all over the train. It turns out that the frozen specimen is an alien with some unusual powers. The combined forces of Professor Caxton, his rival Dr. Wells (Peter Cushing), and a Cossack captain (Telly Savalas) are needed to save the world from this monstrous being.

Filming Locations: The "Gold City" train station and runaway train were filmed at and near Perkinsville, Arizona on what is now the Verde Canyon Railroad. Virginia & Truckee 4-4-0 steam locomotive #11, built by Baldwin in 1872 and sold to MGM Studios in the 1930s, is now at the Old Tucson Studios theme park.


  Human Desire (1954)

Cast: Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Broderick Crawford, Edgar Buchanan
Director: Fritz Lang
Format: English, Black & White, Mono
Runtime: 91 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 7.1 (of 10)
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Synopsis: In this remake of the classic La Bęte Humaine (listed above among the "Top 10" train movies), Carl Buckley (Crawford) is fired from his job as railroad supervisor. He persuades his seductive wife Vicki (Grahame) to pay a visit to an important railroad customer to attempt to get his job back. Buckley suspects that his wife has done more than just talk with the rich old magnate and jealously stalks him, finally stabbing him to death in a train compartment. Train engineer Jeff Warren (Ford) observed Vicki near the murder scene but protects her. The two begin an affair which is soon exposed, and Vicki starts scheming for Warren to kill her increasingly drunk and violent husband.


  The Hurricane Express (1932)

Cast: John Wayne, Tully Marshall, Conway Tearle, Shirley Grey,
           J. Farrell MacDonald
Director: J.P. McGowan, Armand Schaefer
Format: English, Black & White, Mono
Runtime: 78 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 5.6 (of 10)
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Synopsis: Pilot Larry Baker (John Wayne) makes an unscheduled landing in a vain attempt to prevent a train collision that kills his father. As a result, he is fired for disobeying orders. His mission now is to find out who was responsible for the wreck of The Hurricane Express and deliver justice for the death of his father.


  The Iron Horse (1924)

Cast: James Gordon, Winston Miller, Cyril Chadwick, George O'Brien,
           Madge Bellamy, Peggy Cartwright, Charles Edward Bull
Director: John Ford
Format: Black & White, Silent
Runtime: 149 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 7.3 (of 10)
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Synopsis: David Brandon (James Gordon) is a surveyor in the Old West who dreams that one day the entire North American continent will be linked by railroads. However, to make this dream a reality, a clear trail must be found through the Rocky Mountains. With his boy Davy (Winston Miller), David sets out to find such a path, but he's ambushed by a tribe of Indians led by a white savage, Peter Jesson (Cyril Chadwick); while the boy manages to escape, David is killed. Years later, the adult Davy Brandon (George O'Brien) still believes in his father's dream of a transcontinental railroad, and legislation signed by President Abraham Lincoln has made it an official mandate.


  Iron Road (2008)

Cast: Sun Li, Luke Macfarlane, Peter O'Toole, Sam Neill, Charlotte Sullivan
Director: David Wu
Format: English, Color, Stereo
Runtime: 181 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 6.5 (of 10)
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Synopsis: This Canada/China co-production miniseries chronicles the Chinese laborers of the Canadian Pacific Railway during the 1880s. A poor but feisty Chinese woman (Sun Li), disguised as a boy, joins a railway crew in the Rocky Mountains. While searching for her long-lost father, she falls in love with the son of the railroad tycoon (Luke Macfarlane).

Filming Locations: Filmed at Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada, including Canadian National 2-8-0 steam locomotive #2141 on the Kamloops Heritage Railway.


  It Happened To Jane (1959)

Cast: Doris Day, Jack Lemmon, Ernie Kovacs, Steve Forrest, Teddy Rooney
Director: Richard Quine
Format: English, Color, Mono
Runtime: 97 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 6.6 (of 10)
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Synopsis: Doris Day stars in a true-to-type performance as Jane Osgood, a spunky, pretty, wronged widow with two children. She manages her own lobster business, and the railroad has just trashed a shipment, killing them off before they could ever be properly boiled to death for someone's dinner. Jane commissions her lawyer (and potential romantic partner) George Denham (Jack Lemmon) to take on the railroad and its nefarious owner, Harry Foster Malone (Ernie Kovacs). Thus, the battle between the unjustly treated Jane and the arrogant railroad boss begins.


  Jesse James (1939)

Cast: Tyrone Power, Henry Fonda, Nancy Kelly, Randolph Scott, Henry Hull
Director: Henry King
Format: English, Color, Mono
Runtime: 106 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 7.2 (of 10)
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Synopsis: The legend of Jesse James stars Tyrone Power as the most infamous bandit in the history of the West. Jesse James was a young Missouri farmer forced outside the law after ruthless agents for the transcontinental railroad kill his ailing mother and steal his family's land. Together with his brother Frank (Henry Fonda), Jesse forms a gang of masked outlaws to strike back at the railroad company and the banks that have joined forces to swindle the oppressed farmers.


  Kansas Pacific (1953)

Cast: Sterling Hayden, Eve Miller, Barton MacLane, Harry Shannon,
           Tom Fadden, Reed Hadley
Director: Ray Nazarro
Format: English, Color, Mono
Runtime: 73 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 5.9 (of 10)
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Synopsis: John Nelson (Sterling Hayden), a military officer, is charged with the task of halting sabotage of the Kansas Pacific Railroad at the hands of Southern allies as it is extended west in the pre-dawning of the Civil War.


  Kontroll (2004)

Cast: Sándor Csányi, Zoltán Mucsi, Csaba Pindroch, Sándor Badár
Director: Nimród Antal
Format: Hungarian, Color, DTS
Runtime: 106 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 7.6 (of 10)
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Synopsis: The Budapest subway system, the world’s oldest, is a dark labyrinthine netherworld as vast and various as the city above. Hordes of people pass through on their way to better, brighter places. But there are some who spend most of their lives underground -- the ticket inspectors or "controllers" who are assigned in teams to various sections of the system and whose thankless job is to ensure that no passengers ride without paying. Deployed by those in control - unseen authority figures who monitor the trains and travelers on massive grids and screens - these inspector teams are a much-despised lot.

Filming Locations: Filmed entirely in the Budapest Metro.


  La Ilusión viaja en tranvía (1954)

Cast: Lilia Prado, Carlos Navarro, Fernando Soto, Agustin Isunza
Director: Luis Bunuel
Format: Spanish, Black & White, Mono
Runtime: 90 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 7.2 (of 10)
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Synopsis: Confronted with the unfortunate news that their favorite Streetcar, no. 133, is going to be decommissioned, two Municipal Transit workers get drunk and decide to "take 'er for one last spin," as it were. Unfortunately, the "one last spin" ends up being an all-night and all-day scramble to stay out of trouble, as they are confronted with situation after sometimes bizarre situation that prevents them from returning the "borrowed" Streetcar.


  The Lady Vanishes (1938)

Cast: Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, Paul Lukas, Dame May Whitty,
           Cecil Parker, Linden Travers, Naunton Wayne, Basil Radford
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Format: English, Black & White, Mono
Runtime: 97 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 8.2 (of 10) - Ranked in Top 200 Films of All Time
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Synopsis: Young Iris Henderson (Margaret Lockwood) heads home on a train after spending the holidays in the Balkans. Iris becomes friends with a kindly old lady, Miss Froy (Dame May Whitty) after Iris gets hit in the head with a flowerpot meant for Miss Froy. On the train, recovering from the blow, Iris falls asleep. When she awakens, Miss Froy has vanished, replaced by someone else in Miss Froy's clothing. Iris talks to the other passengers, a bizarre collection of eccentrics who think that Iris is crazy for insisting on there even being a Miss Froy — everyone denies having ever seen the old woman. Finally, Iris finds a young musician, Gilbert (Michael Redgrave), who believes her and the two proceed to search the train for clues to Miss Froy's disappearance.

Filming Locations: Train scenes filmed at the Longmoor Military Railway in Hampshire, UK.


  Matewan (1987)

Cast: Chris Cooper, James Earl Jones, Mary McDonnell, Will Oldham
Director: John Sayles
Format: English, Color, Mono
Runtime: 135 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 7.8 (of 10)
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Synopsis: A labor union organizer (Chris Cooper) comes to an embattled mining community brutally dominated by the mining company. When the miners strike and the company attempts to evict them from their homes, a violent battles ensues.

Filming Locations: Nickel Plate #765 (built 24 years after the film's setting) was filmed in Thurmond, West Virginia.


  Midnight Limited (1940)

Cast: John 'Dusty' King, Marjorie Reynolds, George Cleveland
Director: Howard Bretherton
Format: English, Black & White, Mono
Runtime: 61 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 5.2 (of 10)
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Synopsis: An elusive criminal is at work aboard the night train from New York to Montreal, leaving his victims bound, gagged, and penniless. After the phantom kills his best agent, an ace railroad detective goes undercover. Posing as a rich traveler, he prepares for a final confrontation with the phantom.


  Midnight Meat Train (2008)

Cast: Bradley Cooper, Vinnie Jones, Leslie Bibb, Brooke Shields, Roger Bart
Director: Ryűhei Kitamura
Format: English, Color, Dolby Digital
Runtime: 103 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 6.2 (of 10)
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Synopsis: Struggling photographer Leon Kauffman's (Bradley Cooper) obsessive pursuit of dark subject matter leads him into the path of a serial killer, Mahogany (Vinnie Jones), the subway murderer who stalks late-night commuters -- ultimately butchering them in the most gruesome ways imaginable.

Filming Locations: Filmed in the Los Angeles Metro Rail subway, including the Los Angeles City College station (Santa Monica & Vermont) and 7th Street/Metro Center station (7th & Flower). A San Pedro warehouse with an old train platform was filmed as the deserted subway station beneath the meat plant. Two full-size train cars were brought on stage in Sun Valley and placed on a rocking gimbal to simulate train movement.


  Money Train (1995)

Cast: Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson, Jennifer Lopez, Robert Blake,
           Chris Cooper, Joe Grifasi
Director: Joseph Ruben
Format: English, Color, Stereo
Runtime: 103 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 5.2 (of 10)
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Synopsis: A pair of New York City cops collaborate on a plan to rob a cash-packed subway train in this action-comedy. Charlie (Woody Harrelson) and John (Wesley Snipes) are not just co-workers and close friends but also foster brothers. Because of this family connection, the reluctant John becomes involved in the more capricious Charlie's far-fetched scheme to rob the "money train" that collects the subway's daily grosses. Charlie needs the money for gambling debts, and robbing the train would have the added benefit of angering Charlie's and John's harsh, corrupt boss Captain Patterson (Robert Blake). Romantic interest is provided by a fellow police officer (Jennifer Lopez) who sparks rivalry between the brothers, but the film's main interest is in the violent events that surround the attempted heist, which naturally proves more complicated than planned.

Filming Locations: The subway car used as the money train was a New York City Subway R22 car modified by the film crew and Coney Island Overhaul Shops. An early scene of "Wall Street" was filmed at 14th St. - Union Square station but nearly all other station scenes were filmed on a 4000' long station platform and tunnel studio set in Los Angeles. Fifteen subway cars were trucked to the set to film a range of action scenes.


  Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

Cast: Albert Finney, Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset,
           Lauren Bacall, Martin Balsam, Richard Widmark, Vanessa Redgrave
Director: Sidney Lumet
Format: English, Color, Mono
Runtime: 127 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 7.3 (of 10)
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Synopsis: Like many of Agatha Christie's mysteries, Murder on the Orient Express is predicated on an actual event, in this case the Lindbergh kidnapping. In the movie, everyone on board the Orient Express seems to have concluded that hateful financier Ratchett (Richard Widmark) was behind the abduction and murder of the infant daughter of a famed aviatrix. Thus, when Ratchett is himself found murdered, everyone is suspect. Normally, the police would handle the investigation, but the train has been stalled by a snowslide halfway between Istanbul and Paris. Thus, it's up to the insufferable but brilliant Belgian detective Hercule Poirot (Albert Finney) to activate his "little grey cells" and determine who's guilty.


  Murder on the Orient Express (2001)

Cast: Alfred Molina, Meredith Baxter, Peter Strauss
Director: Carl Schenkel
Format: English, Color, Stereo
Runtime: 100 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 5.2 (of 10)
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Synopsis: Agatha Christie's classic mystery novel was updated from the 1930s to the early 21st century in this made-for-TV remake. The ineffable, insufferable Belgian detective Hercule Poirot (Alfred Molina) uses his own "little grey cells" to solve the train-compartment murder of a ruthless American business executive (Peter Strauss). This time around, however, Poirot is not averse to relying upon computer technology to speed up his investigation; in the same vein, the murder victim has been updated (or perhaps, upgraded) from an industrialist to a software tycoon. Still, Christie's surprise ending (which should be no surprise at all to fans of the 1974 film) remains intact, as does Poirot's ultimate decision to let his heart rule his head.


  Murder, She Said (1961)

Cast: Margaret Rutherford, Arthur Kennedy, Muriel Pavlow,
           James Robertson Justice
Director: George Pollock
Format: English, Black & White, Mono
Runtime: 86 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 7.3 (of 10)
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Synopsis: Marple (Margaret Rutherford) witnesses a murder being committed on a speeding train. She informs the authorities, but they find no evidence of a killing and write off Marple as a doddering eccentric. Determined to prove that she's not imagining things, Marple investigates the area around the stretch of railroad track where the murder occurred. She winds up on the estate of James Robertson-Justice, disguised as a maid. Many family skeletons are exhumed by Miss Marple before she proves that she indeed saw a murder and pinpoints the guilty party.


  Mystery Train (1931)

Cast: Hedda Hopper, Marceline Day, Eddie Fetherstone
Director: Phil Whitman
Format: English, Black & White, Mono
Runtime: 63 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 5.7 (of 10)
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Synopsis: A jewel heist on the Transcontinental Limited turns deadly when a group of passengers are trapped in a runaway Pullman car hurtling down a steep mountain grade. Plenty of thrills and chills abound as the hero and villain face-off during a climactic fight on the train.


  The Narrow Margin (1952)

Cast: Charles McGraw, Marie Windsor, Jacqueline White, Gordon Gebert,
           Queenie Leonard, David Clarke
Director: Richard Fleischer
Format: English, Black & White, Mono
Runtime: 71 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 7.9 (of 10)
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Synopsis: Nail-hard detective Walter Brown (Charles McGraw) is assigned to protect gangster's widow Mrs. Neall (Marie Windsor) as she rides the train from Chicago to LA, en route to testifying at a grand jury. There's no love lost between the ill-tempered Neall and Brown, especially since Brown's partner (Don Beddoe) was killed by mobsters while shielding Neall from harm. On the train, Brown makes the acquaintance of a likeable woman (Jacqueline White) and her playful young son. He also comes in contact with a rather secretive fat man (Paul Maxey), who may well be a mob assassin.


  Narrow Margin (1990)

Cast: Gene Hackman, Anne Archer, James Sikking, J.T. Walsh,
           M. Emmet Walsh, Susan Hogan, Nigel Bennett
Director: Peter Hyams
Format: English, Color, Stereo
Runtime: 99 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 6.4 (of 10)
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Synopsis: Gene Hackman stars as a LA District Attorney attempting to take an unwilling murder witness (Anne Archer) back to Los Angeles to testify against a top-level mob boss. Frantically attempting to escape two deadly hit men sent to silence her, they board a Vancouver-bound train only to discover that the killers are onboard with them. For the next 20 hours as the train hurls through the isolated Canadian wilderness, a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues in which their ability to tell friend from foe is a matter of life and death.

Filming Locations: The film was shot in British Columbia, where a  "Lac Des Arcs" train station was built along the tracks specifically for the film. The train consisted of a British Columbia Railway (BC Rail) SD40-2 diesel and 12 privately owned passenger cars, all painted in VIA Rail Canada livery to appear as the Toronto-Vancouver Canadian. The private cars included one dormitory, one baggage car, three coaches (#521, 524, 550), one dome car (#555), one dining car (#548), another coach (#540), three sleepers (#558, 564, 544), and a rear dome car (#597). The primary compartments in the film are A6 in #564, and later C6 in #558. Some of the distant exterior shots of the train (specifically two bridge crossings) were filmed using a model train.


  The Navigators (2001)

Cast: Dean Andrews, Thomas Craig, Joe Duttine, Steve Huison, Venn Tracey
Director: Ken Loach
Format: English, Color, Dolby Digital
Runtime: 96 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 6.9 (of 10)
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Synopsis: Set in South Yorkshire, the film opens with familiar British Rail sign being replaced with a shiny new one reading "East Midland Infrastructure." For a group of men working at a local train station, this subtle change ends up meaning that their lives have irrevocably changed. When they learn the grim details of this privatization, their chummy sense of community begins to splinter and fall apart. Under the new regime, the customer comes first. While on paper this sounds great, in reality this new arrangement is implemented haphazardly, resulting in bitter fighting and political backstabbing.


  Night Train (Ludzie z pociagu) (1959)

Cast: Lucyna Winnicka, Leon Niemczyk, Teresa Szmigielówna,
           Zbigniew Cybulski, Helena Dabrowska
Director: Jerzy Kawalerowicz
Format: Polish, Black & White, Mono
Runtime: 93 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 7.9 (of 10)
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Synopsis: A mysterious young man (Leon Niemczyk), claiming to be a doctor, boards the night train. Overcrowded conditions compels the new passenger to share a sleeping car with a secretive young woman (Lucyna Winnicka). Neither of these reluctant companions is prone to small talk -- and both seem to be hiding something. In fact, both seem to be running away from something. Once we've digested all this, it is revealed that the police are searching for a murderer.


  Night Train (2009)

Cast: Danny Glover, Leelee Sobieski, Steve Zahn
Director: Brian King
Format: English, Color, Dolby Digital
Runtime: 83 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 5.8 (of 10)
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Synopsis: Onboard an overnight train, two passengers (Sobieski and Zahn) and the conductor (Glover) discover a corpse and a box of diamonds inside one of the cabins. The three conspire to ditch the body and split the fortune until greed turns them against one another.


  Night Train to Munich (1940)

Cast: Margaret Lockwood, Rex Harrison, Paul von Hernried,
           Basil Radford, Naunton Wayne
Director: Carol Reed
Format: English, Black & White, Mono
Runtime: 90 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 7.2 (of 10)
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Synopsis: Night Train takes viewers on a World War II-era journey from Prague to England to the Swiss Alps, as Nazis pursue a Czech scientist and his daughter (Margaret Lockwood), who are being aided by a debonair British undercover agent (Rex Harrison).


  North by Northwest (1959)

Cast: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Ed Binns, Leo G. Carroll
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Format: English, Color, Mono
Runtime: 136 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 8.6 (of 10) - Ranked in Top 50 Films of All Time
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Synopsis: Cary Grant plays a Manhattan advertising executive plunged into a realm of spy (James Mason) and counterspy (Eva Marie Saint) and variously abducted, framed for murder, chased and in another signature set piece, crop-dusted. He also holds on for dear life from the facial features of the Presidents on Mount Rushmore.

Filming Locations: Exterior scenes feature the 20th Century Limited (specifically car #10006), though the interior shots of dining and sleeping cars were filmed at an MGM soundstage. Station scenes include LaSalle Street Station (Chicago) and Grand Central Station (New York City). The final scene was filmed at the west portal of Southern Pacific (now Union Pacific) Tunnel #26 in Santa Susana Pass near Los Angeles.


  North West Frontier (1959)

Cast: Kenneth More, Lauren Bacall, Herbert Lom, Wilfrid Hyde-White
Director: J. Lee Thompson
Format: English, Color, Mono
Runtime: 129 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 7.0 (of 10)
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Synopsis: When the Moslems attack a British fortress in colonial India, it is imperative that the local Maharaja's son be taken to safety. The man for the job is commander Kenneth More, who uses a rusty old train for that purpose. Among the other fugitives is the boy's British governess Lauren Bacall and the untrustworthy Herbert Lom. A cat-and-mouse session between good and bad guys segues into a heart-pounding chase through the frontier.


  O'Horten (2007)

Cast: Baard Owe, Espen Skjřnberg, Ghita Nřrby, Henny Moan
Director: Bent Hamer
Format: Norwegian, Color, Dolby Digital
Runtime: 90 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 6.7 (of 10)
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Synopsis: Odd Horten (Baard Owe) is a neat, meticulous, pipe-smoking train conductor, winding up 40 years of service for the Norwegian railways. But when a man's life has been determined by timetables and clearly-defined journeys along tracks, how does he spend his free hours? Starting on the night of his retirement dinner, Odd has a series of dislocating experiences: a boy insists that Odd sit by his bedside while he falls asleep; misadventure causes Odd to miss his last run; he witnesses an arrest; he assists an old man and makes a friend; he takes a trip with a blindfolded driver; he adopts a dog; he takes stock late one night at the roundhouse; he revisits his mother's disappointment in him. How should he live the rest of his life?


  Oh, Mr. Porter (1937)

Cast: Will Hay, Moore Marriott, Graham Moffatt
Director
: Marcel Varnel
Format: English, Black & White, Mono
Runtime
: 85 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 7.3 (of 10)
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Synopsis: In this British comedy, William Porter (Will Hay) is an accident-prone railroad employee whose sister and brother-in-law arrange for him to be made stationmaster at a run-down rail stop in rural Ireland. Porter meets his new co-workers, aging Jeremiah (Moore Marriott) and teenaged Albert (Graham Moffatt), and discovers that they supplement their meager income by boosting baggage from passing trains. Porter hopes to increase business by fixing up the station, and he arranges for an excursion by a local football team. Unbeknownst to him, the footballers are actually criminals, and he's just made British Rail accomplices in a gun-running ring.


  Once Upon A Time In The West (1968)

Cast: Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards, Charles Bronson,
           Gabriele Ferzetti, Frank Wolff
Director: Sergio Leone
Format: English, Color, Mono
Runtime: 165 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 8.8 (of 10) - Ranked in Top 25 Films of All Time
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Synopsis: Morton (Gabriele Ferzetti), the power-hungry owner of a railroad company, hires Frank (Henry Fonda), a gunfighter without a conscience, to kill anyone who stands in the way of the completion of the railroad. After Frank murders land owner Brett McBain (Frank Wolff), McBain's widow (Claudia Cardinale) hires two killers of her own to protect her and gain revenge: a mysterious, harmonica-playing desperado (Charles Bronson) and his rogue sidekick (Jason Robards).

Filming Locations: Railroad scenes were filmed in Spain, with additional scenery shots from the Monument Valley of Utah and Arizona. Most interior filming was done in-studio in Rome, Italy.


  Operation Wolverine: Seconds to Spare (2002)

Cast: Antonio Sabato Jr., Kimberley Davies, Kate Beahan
Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith
Format: English, Color, Stereo
Runtime: 100 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 4.6 (of 10)
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Synopsis: Onboard an express train, an assassin has threatened to gas the passengers with a deadly substance unless he receives a $25 million ransom. With the cops attempting to thwart the madman, they call former DEA agent Paul Blake (Antonio Sabato, Jr) to intervene.


  Paradise Express (1937)

Cast: Grant Withers, Dorothy Appleby, Arthur Hoyt, Maude Eburne
Director: Joseph Kane
Format: English, Black & White, Mono
Runtime: 53 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 6.2 (of 10)
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Synopsis: The Paradise Express is a small-time freight service, struggling for survival against a larger, more streamlined rail company. Faced with bankruptcy, the owners of the underdog railroad challenge their competitors to a race, winner take all.


  The Phantom Express (1932)

Cast: William Collier Jr., Sally Blane, J. Farrell MacDonald, Hobart Bosworth
Director: Emory Johnson
Format: English, Black & White, Mono
Runtime: 60 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 5.3 (of 10)
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Synopsis: The Southwestern Pacific Railroad is in doldrums. Three trains have run off the rails in as many weeks, causing a lot of damage to the coffers and the reputation of the company. When the third accident occurs, the management decides to hold an inquiry. Few people on the board believe the driver Smokey’s (J. Farrel MacDonald) explanation. Bruce (William Collier) , the son of the railroad president, volunteers to investigate the cause of the accidents. Posing as a mechanic, Bruce solves the mystery of the ‘Phantom Express’ just in time to save the Railroad from falling into the hands of unscrupulous villains.


  The Polar Express (2004)

Cast: Tom Hanks, Chris Coppola, Michael Jeter, Leslie Zemeckis,
           Eddie Deezen, Nona Gaye, Hayden McFarland
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Format: English, Color, Dolby Digital
Runtime: 100 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 6.7 (of 10)
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Synopsis: The Polar Express revolves around Billy (Hayden McFarland), who longs to believe in Santa Claus but finds it quite difficult to do so, what with his family's dogged insistence that all of it, from the North Pole, to the elves, to the man himself, is all just a myth. This all changes, however, on Christmas Eve, when a mysterious train visits Billy in the middle of the night, promising to take him and a group of other lucky children to the North Pole for a visit with Santa. The train's conductor (Tom Hanks) along with the other passengers help turn Billy's crisis in faith into a journey of self-discovery.

Filming Locations: Features Pere Marquette 2-8-4 Berkshire steam locomotive #1225, owned by the Steam Railroading Institute in Owosso, Michigan.


  Pride of Africa (1997)

Cast: Robert Powell, Ashley Hayden, Jeremy Crutchley
Director: Herman Binge
Format: English, Color, Stereo
Runtime: 103 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 5.1 (of 10)
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Synopsis: Kidnapping, romance and intrigue shift this 1930s period drama into high gear, filmed specially aboard the famous luxury train called Pride of Africa. While the train waits to leave the station, thieves sneak aboard and steal passengers' unguarded valuables. Fearful for the train's reputation, its owner hires local tour guide David Webb (Robert Powell) to catch the thief and act as security to ensure the Pride of Africa keeps her good name. As the train gets under way, unsuspected travelers hatch sinister schemes, leading Webb hot on a trail of abduction, robbery and possible murder.


  Prison Train (1938)

Cast: Fred Keating, Alexander Leftwich, Dorothy Comingore, Clarence Muse,
           Nestor Paiva, James Blakely
Director: Gordon Wiles
Format: English, Black & White, Mono
Runtime: 64 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 5.8 (of 10)
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Synopsis: Frankie Terris (Fred Keating) and Mannie Robbins (Alexander Leftwich) are the two most powerful gangsters in their city. Frankie has a young sister, Louise (Dorothy Comingore), whom he has kept at a boarding school away from the stench of his racketeering. Mannie's young son, Joe (James Blakely), is also ignorant of his father's profession. Louise and Joe meet, and Joe tries to make love to her. Frankie interrupts and, in a fight that follows, kills Joe. Mannie vows to get Frankie. The latter, sentenced to Alcatraz, fears for Louise's safety and makes her promise to take a trip abroad.


  The Railroad Man (1956)

Cast: Sylva Koscina, Carlo Giuffré, Edoardo Nevola, Franco Fantasia
Director: Pietro Germi
Format: Italian, Black & White, Mono
Runtime: 115 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 7.9 (of 10)
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Synopsis: He has a good job working as a railroad man, but Andrea Marcocci is not happy. An obscure disease haunts him. His daughter Giulia leaves her husband, seeking shelter in the arms of another man, who does not love her. Andrea’s good–for-nothing son storms out after one argument too many with his father. Unable to face these troubles alone, Andrea starts to drink. Inevitably, the booze interferes with his work and he causes a serious rail accident. Desperately trying to hold onto his job, he goes to work on a strike day, further alienating himself from his friends and colleagues.


  The Railrodder (1965)

Cast: Buster Keaton
Director: Gerald Potterton
Format: Color, Silent
Runtime: 80 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 7.5 (of 10)
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Synopsis: The great comic genius of the silent era still shines in these two programs. "Buster Keaton Rides Again" (55 min.) is a documentary filmed while Keaton was making "The Railrodder." The 1965 documentary provides an absorbing portrait of Keaton relaxing, telling yarns and plotting the next day's action with considerable flair. In "The Railrodder" (25 min.), Keaton travels across Canada aboard an open railway trackspeeder. Perched on his seat, this endearing traveler chugs nonchalantly past some of Canada's most spectacular landmarks. These programs are a memorable and intimate view of one of the most indestructible of slapstick comics.


  Rails and Ties (2007)

Cast: Kevin Bacon, Marcia Gay Harden
Director: Alison Eastwood
Format: English, Color, Dolby
Runtime: 101 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 6.7 (of 10)
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Synopsis: Tom Stark (Kevin Bacon), a train engineer, is unable to face his wife’s (Marcia Gay Harden) illness. Then a terrifying railway collision leaves a little boy orphaned. Tom takes the boy into his home and – step by step, strength by strength – learns how to bond with the wife he adores by opening his heart to a boy who needs the security of a devoted family.


  The Railway Children (1970)

Cast: Dinah Sheridan, Bernard Cribbins, William Mervyn, Iain Cuthbertson,
           Jenny Agutter, Sally Thomsett
Director: Lionel Jeffries
Format: English, Color, Mono
Runtime: 109 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 7.5 (of 10)
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Synopsis: Dinah Sheridan plays the mother of three children who must live in reduced circumstances when her husband (Ian Cuthbertson), a government official, is arrested on a false charge of treason. The kids adapt rather well to their new environment, a community located on the edges of a railway. They befriend a kindly porter (Bernard Cribbins) and a wealthy gent (William Mervyn), both of whom strive to prove their father's innocence.

Filming Locations: The film was shot at the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, including many scenes at the Oakworth station. Great Western pannier tank engine #5775, now on display in Oxenhope, was filmed hauling the train.


  The Railway Children - BBC TV Remake (2000)

Cast: Jack Blumenau, Clare Thomas, Jemima Rooper, Jenny Agutter,
           Michael Kitchen, Richard Attenborough
Director: Catherine Morshead
Format: English, Color, Stereo
Runtime: 105 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 7.4 (of 10)
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Synopsis: The Railway Children follows the fortunes of three resourceful children in turn-of-the-century England. An affluent family, the Waterburys fall upon difficult times when Mr. Waterbury (Michael Kitchen) is hauled away by the police for reasons not readily apparent. Forced to move to a small village, the family is held together by Mrs. Waterbury (Jenny Agutter), who ekes out a living by selling her stories to magazines. The three Waterbury siblings — Bobbie (Jemima Rooper), Peter (Jack Blumenau), and Phyllis (Clare Thomas) — try to help their mother make ends meet and take to spending time by the railroad, where they meet a host of eccentric acquaintances.


  Raw Meat a.k.a. Death Line (1973)

Cast: Donald Pleasence, Norman Rossington, David Ladd
Director: Gary Sherman
Format: English, Color, Mono
Runtime: 87 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 5.8 (of 10)
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Synopsis: When a prominent politician and a young woman vanish inside a London subway station, Scotland Yard's inspector investigates and makes a horrifying discovery. Not only did a group of 19th-century tunnel workers survive a cave-in, but they lived for years in a secret underground enclave by consuming the flesh of their own dead. Now the lone descendant of this grisly tribe has surfaced, prowling the streets of London for fresh victims and a new mate.

Filming Locations: Filmed at the Aldwych subway station in the London Underground.


  Red Eye (2005)

Cast: Shin-yeong Jang, Ji-min Kwak, Dong-kyu Lee, Hye-na Kim
Director: Dong-bin Kim
Format: Korean, Color, Dolby
Runtime: 96 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 4.8 (of 10)
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Synopsis: It's Mi-sun's first day as a railroad attendant. Her first assignment is an overnight trip through Korea and she's understandably nervous. But it's not the motley group of passengers that has her feeling uneasy. It's the train itself. It turns out that some of the cars on the train were involved in a devastating crash 16 years earlier in which 100 people died. Rumor has it those cars are haunted and it's not long before Mi-sun starts to experience eerie visions.


  Return of Casey Jones (1933)

Cast: Charles Starrett, Gabby Hayes, Ruth Hall
Director: John P. McCarthy
Format: English, Black & White, Mono
Runtime: 67 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 6.9 (of 10)
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Synopsis: A young boy idolizes famed train engineer Casey Jones and is devastated when his hero is killed in a train wreck. The boy grows up to be an engineer like his idol. One day his train loses its breaks and wrecks, despite his best efforts to save it. He's thrown from the train when it crashes, leaving many to believe he cowardly jumped. Can he ever clear his name?


  Santa Fe (1951)

Cast: Randolph Scott, Janis Carter, Jerome Courtland, John Archer,
           Peter M. Thompson, Warner Anderson
Director: Irving Pichel
Format: English, Color, Mono
Runtime: 87 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 6.1 (of 10)
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Synopsis: In this rousing action-packed post-Civil War adventure, legendary Western hero Randolph Scott stars as Britt Canfield, the eldest of four brothers who have seen their family's Virginia plantation stolen by carpetbaggers. With no choice but to start over, Britt accepts a position to help build the Yankee-funded Santa Fe Railroad. Britt takes on superstitious Indians, crooked gamblers, vengeful war widows, and most dangerous of all, his three brothers -- vicious Yankee haters who'll stop at nothing to prevent the completion of the Santa Fe.


  Shanghai Express a.k.a Millionaire's Express (1986)

Cast: Sammo Hung Kam-Bo, Biao Yuen, Rosamund Kwan
Director: Sammo Hung Kam-Bo
Format: Cantonese, Color, Mono
Runtime: 98 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 7.1 (of 10)
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Synopsis: This train heist adventure, featuring a cast of martial arts all-stars, follows competing gangs and their attempts to rob a luxury train and its wealthy passengers.


  Shanghai Express (1932)

Cast: Marlene Dietrich, Clive Brook, Anna May Wong, Warner Oland
Director: Josef von Sternberg
Format: English, Black & White, Mono
Runtime: 80 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 7.5 (of 10)
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Synopsis: Passengers on the Shanghai Express are more concerned that the notorious Shanghai Lil is on board than the fact that a civil war is happening around them. When Chinese guerillas stop the train, a British Army doctor is taken hostage. Lil saves him, but can she make him believe that she hasn't changed from the woman he loved five years earlier?


  Silver Streak (1976)

Cast: Gene Wilder, Jill Clayburgh, Richard Pryor, Patrick McGoohan,
           Ned Beatty
Director: Arthur Hiller
Format: English, Color, Mono
Runtime: 114 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 6.7 (of 10)
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Synopsis: In this wild comedy adventure, rail passenger George Caldwell (Gene Wilder) finds that a romantic escapade with a sultry secretary (Jill Clayburgh) puts him in the middle of a Hitchcockian murder plot. Leaping on and off the train, in and out of roomettes, bars and dining cars, George teams up with an amiable, small-time crook (Richard Pryor) to defy the murderer's henchmen, FBI agents, and a host of other outrageous characters.

Filming Locations: Exterior shots were filmed using Canadian Pacific Railway FP7 diesel locomotives #4070 and #4067 and a collection of Canadian Pacific passenger cars (most now used on VIA Rail's Toronto-Vancouver Canadian train) at locations around Calgary and Toronto. Although a fictional railroad name "AMRoad" appears on the train, original color schemes as well as car names and numbers were not changed. Interior train shots, including sleeping compartments, were filmed on a soundstage using near-accurate replicas.

The train wreck sequence was filmed using a mock-up engine and station at Burbank Airport. However, the approach to the crash was filmed using a Hi-Rail truck on Track #2 at North Western Station (now Ogilvie Transportation Center) in Chicago. Inclusion of this scene caused Amtrak to withdraw from the film, pushing much of the filming to Canada.

The film's title Silver Streak was inspired by the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy (CB&Q) Railroad's Pioneer Zephyr, nicknamed "Silver Streak" for its stainless steel construction and 13 hour and 5 minute speed record between Denver and Chicago in 1934.


  Snakes on a Train (2006)

Cast: A.J. Castro, Julia Ruiz, Giovanni Bejarano, Al Galvez
Director: Peter Mervis
Format: English, Color, Dolby Digital
Runtime: 91 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 2.5 (of 10)
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Synopsis: A powerful Mayan curse causes snakes to hatch in the stomach of a young woman, devouring her from the inside out. Her only chance for survival is to get to Los Angeles to have the curse lifted by a shaman. With only hours to live, she jumps on a train from Mexico. Fellow passengers are now trapped aboard, soon to be victims of these flesh-eating vipers.


  Spy Train (1943)

Cast: Richard Travis, Catherine Craig, Chick Chandler, Thelma White
Director: Harold Young
Format: English, Black & White, Mono
Runtime: 61 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 5.0 (of 10)
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Synopsis: A train leaves Los Angeles with a Nazi spy, a woman, a reporter, their respective sidekicks, and a suitcase with a ticking time bomb somewhere on board.


  The Station Agent (2003)

Cast: Peter Dinklage, Bobby Cannavale, Patricia Clarkson,
           Michelle Williams
Director: Thomas McCarthy
Format: English, Color, Dolby Digital
Runtime: 89 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 7.8 (of 10)
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Synopsis: In New Jersey, Finbar McBride (Peter Dinklage) is a four-foot-tall lonely man who chooses to live the life of a hermit in an abandoned train station following the death of his friend. While he is there, he unexpectedly meets and befriends a couple of fellow loners. Troubled Olivia (Patricia Clarkson) is an artist devastated by the loss of her son and separation from her husband, while carefree and friendly Joe (Bobby Cannavale) runs a hot dog stand. The three unlikely friends each deal with their urge to connect compared with their individual need for isolation.


  Station Jim (2001)

Cast: George Cole, Charlie Creed-Miles, Thomas Sangster, Laura Fraser,
           Frank Finlay, Prunella Scales, Stanley Townsend
Director: John Roberts
Format: English, Color, Stereo
Runtime: 87 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 7.3 (of 10)
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Synopsis: In Victorian England, a performing dog escapes from his mean master and ends up at a small country railway station. Named "Jim" by station porter Bob, the little dog quickly becomes a favorite of the local orphanage children, especially sad young Henry (Thomas Sangster), who daily waits for the train that will take him home. When a wicked businessman plots to close the orphanage forever, Bob and the children fight back in a struggle threatened by bribery, dognapping and even an assassin who wants to kill the Queen!

Filming Locations: Filmed in several parts of the Bluebell Railway


  Stop Train 349 (1963)

Cast: José Ferrer, Sean Flynn, Nicole Courcel, Jess Hahn, Yossi Yadin
Director: Rolf Hädrich
Format: English, Black & White, Mono
Runtime: 95 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 6.6 (of 10)
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Synopsis: This thriller is set aboard a Frankfurt bound train and chronicles the desperate flight of an East German refugee. When the other Germans learn that the fellow is aboard, they demand that he be turned over to the authorities. Fortunately, the chief authority is a renegade and plans to disobey his orders. His actions nearly cause an international incident between the US and the Soviets and the CO is forced to reluctantly turn in the prisoner.


  Strangers on a Train (1951)

Cast: Farley Granger, Ruth Roman, Robert Walker, Leo G. Carroll,
           Laura Elliott, Jonathan Hale
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Format: English & French, Black & White, Mono
Runtime: 101 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 8.3 (of 10) - Ranked in Top 100 Films of All Time
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Synopsis: In one of Alfred Hitchcock's suspense classics, tennis pro Guy Haines (Farley Granger) chances to meet wealthy wastrel Bruno Anthony (Robert Walker) on a train. Having read all about Guy, Bruno is aware that the tennis player is trapped in an unhappy marriage to to wife Miriam (Laura Elliott) and has been seen in the company of senator's daughter Ann Morton (Ruth Roman). Baiting Guy, Bruno reveals that he feels trapped by his hated father (Jonathan Hale). As Guy listens with detached amusement, Bruno discusses the theory of "exchange murders." Suppose that Bruno were to murder Guy's wife, and Guy in exchange were to kill Bruno's father? With no known link between the two men, the police would be none the wiser, would they?


  Streamline Express (1935)

Cast: Victor Jory, Evelyn Venable, Esther Ralston, Lee Moran
Director: Leonard Fields
Format: English, Black & White, Mono
Runtime: 71 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 5.7 (of 10)
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Synopsis: A colorful group of passengers are aboard The Streamline Express, a high-speed train en route from New York to California. Antics, romance, and intrigue collide as these travelers -- a Broadway director, the leading lady he's in love with, her stuffy fiancé, and a diamond thief -- make the cross-country journey together.


  Subway (1985)

Cast: Isabelle Adjani, Christopher Lambert
Director: Luc Besson
Format: French, Color, Stereo
Runtime: 102 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 6.1 (of 10)
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Synopsis: Fred (Christopher Lambert) has just stolen some major documents from a birthday celebration given by the Paris elite for one of their kind, Helena (Isabelle Adjani). He takes off into the Metro just as it is shut down for the remaining few hours of predawn darkness and once in the Metro encounters several characters in the tunnels. There is a bodybuilder who works out with subway parts, a purse-snatcher, and a flower seller of dubious ethics. Through all of these encounters and activities, the police and others — including Helena — are after Fred for their own reasons, none of which coincide. As Fred discovers, going underground can be risky.


  Subway Stories (1997)

Cast: Idina Harris, Mercedes Ruehl, Lili Taylor, Rosie Perez, Jerry Stiller,
           Gregory Hines, Bonnie Hunt, Denis Leary, Michael Rapaport
Format: English, Color, Stereo
Runtime: 81 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 6.4 (of 10)
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Synopsis: The New York City subways provide the common setting for this modern anthology comprised of ten shorts from some of Hollywood's top directors. The episodes are based on real stories submitted by scores of subway regulars.


  Terror by Night (1946)

Cast: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Alan Mowbray, Dennis Hoey,
           Renee Godfrey
Director: Roy William Neill
Format: English, Black & White, Mono
Runtime: 60 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 7.0 (of 10)
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Synopsis: The action takes place on a speeding steam train racing from London to Edinburgh. Lady Margaret Carstairs (Mary Forbes) possess a 423 karat diamond, known as the "Star of Rhodesia," and her son employs Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) to protect the priceless jewel until it reaches its home in Scotland. Lady Margaret's son is found murdered and the "Star of Rhodesia" has been whisked away. Eccentric and suspicious passengers line the Scotland Express as Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, and Inspector Lestrade (Dennis Hoey) investigate. Along for the ride is an old friend of Watson's, Major Duncan-Bleek (Alan Mowbray), who may or may not be as disinterested a party as he appears.


  Terror Train (1980)

Cast: Ben Johnson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Hart Bochner, David Copperfield
Director: Roger Spottiswoode
Format: English, Color, Mono
Runtime: 97 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 5.4 (of 10)
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Synopsis: The story is the basic slasher film premise, remounted on a moving train. A college fraternity decides to hold a New Year's Eve party on a train. But an uninvited guest, a disturbed ex-fraternity member, decides to take revenge on the partying students by killing them off one by one in increasingly grisly fashion.


  Tickets (2005)

Cast: Carlo Delle Piane, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Silvana De Santis,
           Filippo Trojano, Martin Compston
Director: Abbas Kiarostami, Ken Loach, Ermanno Olmi
Format: Italian & English, Color, Dolby Digital
Runtime: 115 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 6.9 (of 10)
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Synopsis: Three of the world's most celebrated directors join together to direct a trilogy of interwoven stories set aboard a train travelling from Central Europe to Rome. The characters connect through casual encounters but the stories are related through their themes of social status, the mystery of chance, and sacrifice.


  The Titfield Thunderbolt (1952)

Cast: Stanley Holloway, George Relph, Naunton Wayne, John Gregson
Director: Charles Crichton
Format: English, Color, Mono
Runtime: 84 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 7.1 (of 10)
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Synopsis: Titfield Thunderbolt takes place in a tiny British village serviced by a branch railway line. When the government plans to close the line down, the locals are in a panic, except for a group intending to set up an expensive bus service. The local vicar (George Relph) concocts a scheme with the town's wealthiest man (Stanley Holloway) for the villagers to run the rail line themselves; in this way they hope to prove to the railway inspectors that their branch is still worth keeping. When the bus interests attempt to sabotage this undertaking, the villagers respond by stealing a stray locomotive—and when this proves cumbersome, they reactivate a 19th century locomotive from the local museum.


  Train (2008)

Cast: Thora Birch, Gideon Emery, Kavan Reece, Derek Magyar, Gloria Votsis
Director: Gideon Raff
Format: English, Color, Dolby Digital
Runtime: 94 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 4.7 (of 10)
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Synopsis: Touring Eastern Europe with her college wrestling team, Alex (Thora Birch) attends a debauched late-night party that causes Alex and several teammates to miss their train to Odessa. Her coach is furious, but a mysterious woman offers the coach and wrestlers a ride on an alternative train. The coach agrees, and the athletes, exhausted and hung over, gratefully climb aboard. But the train harbors a deadly secret, and for Alex and her fellow passengers, a blood-soaked nightmare is just beginning.


  The Train Killer (1983)

Cast: Michael Sarrazin, Towje Kleiner, Constanze Engelbrecht, Ferenc Bács
Director: Sándor Simó
Format: Hungarian, Color, Mono
Runtime: 105 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 6.1 (of 10)
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Synopsis: The year is 1931. Someone is trying to permanently derail the Orient Express. This drama, based on a true story, explains who and why. The mad bomber is Sylvester Matushka, a Hungarian businessman. He has destroyed the train and many have died. Now Dr. Epstein is called in to investigate and find Matushka before he strikes again.


  Train Master (2008)

Cast: Jonathan Hall, Michael Biesanz
Director: Phil Bransom
Format: English, Color, Dolby Digital
Runtime: 94 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 3.3 (of 10)
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Synopsis: Jeremiah (Michael Biesanz) works for the Western Railroad in the Pacific Northwest. He lives, breaths, and eats railroad. After Brett Banner (Jonathan Hall), the heir to New York Eastern, purchases the Western Railroad, he fires Jeremiah. But, when Brett's nine-year-old son, Justin, Jeremiah's grandchildren, Thomas and Sarah, and two other children end up on an old runaway train engine together, the two men must join forces to save the kids.


  Train of Life (Train de vie) (1998)

Cast: Lionel Abelanski, Rufus, Michel Muller, Clément Harari
Director: Radu Mihaileanu
Format: French, Color, Dolby
Runtime: 103 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 7.6 (of 10)
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Synopsis: In 1941, a Jewish community in France is faced with some shocking news: the Nazis are coming. But Shlomo (Lionel Abelanski), the not-so-foolish village idiot, has a plan. Before the Germans can dispatch them to camps, the townspeople will "deport" themselves to freedom. They build their own train and attempt a daring escape, masquerading as Nazis and their prisoners.


  Train Quest (2001)

Cast: Tanya Garrett, Christian Irimia, Donnie Biggs, Paul Keith
Director: Jeffrey Porter
Format: English, Color, Dolby Digital
Runtime: 80 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 5.8 (of 10)
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Synopsis: A 15-year-old takes his girlfriend to the toy shop where he works to show her the owner's latest creation -- a cool new train set and model city. But when he turns on the train, something extraordinary happens. Suddenly the two teens are zapped down in size and find themselves passengers on board the speeding toy train! Scared and mystified, the pair discover they have been trapped by the toy's evil mastermind, the diabolical Mr. Dalby, and must quickly find a means of escape.


  The Train Robbers (1973)

Cast: John Wayne, Ann-Margret, Rod Taylor, Ben Johnson,
           Christopher George, Bobby Vinton
Director: Burt Kennedy
Format: English, Color, Mono
Runtime: 92 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 6.0 (of 10)
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Synopsis: Ann-Margret stars as Mrs. Lowe, a widow who wishes to recover some gold stolen by her husband and hidden away. She says she wants to return it to the bank it was stolen from and clear her family name. In order to do this, she persuades Lane (John Wayne) to ride into Mexico with her and recover the loot. Once they cross the border, they discover two very different pursuers: a large group of bandidos, and a lone horseman who seems to know their every move (Ricardo Montalban).


  Transsiberian (2008)

Cast: Woody Harrelson, Emily Mortimer, Ben Kingsley, Eduardo Noriega,
           Kate Mara
Director: Brad Anderson
Format: English, Color, Dolby Digital
Runtime: 111 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 6.8 (of 10)
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Synopsis: Roy (Woody Harrelson) and Jessie (Emily Mortimer) are the perfect American couple traveling from Beijing to Moscow on the legendary Trans-Siberian Express train. The two strike a bond with another couple, Carlos (Eduardo Noriega) and Abby (Kate Mara), who are not exactly as they appear. Unwittingly, Roy and Jessie are caught in a web of drug trafficking and murderous deceit when all four become targets of ex-KGB detective Grinko's (Ben Kingsley) investigation.


  Treasure Train aka Odyssey of the Pacific (1982)

Cast: Mickey Rooney
Director: Fernando Arrabal
Format: English, Color, Dolby
Runtime: 81 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 5.0 (of 10)
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Synopsis: Three children befriend a young Cambodian boy who dreams of returning home. When the children meet an eccentric railroad engineer (Rooney) with an abandoned steam locomotive, they hatch a plan to restore the train and return the boy to his family.


  Twentieth Century (1934)

Cast: John Barrymore, Carole Lombard, Walter Connolly, Roscoe Karns
Director: Howard Hawks
Format: English, Black & White, Mono
Runtime: 91 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 8.1 (of 10)
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Synopsis: Broadway director Oscar Jaffe (John Barrymore) is a bigger ham than most actors, but through sheer drive and talent he is able to build a successful career. When one of his discoveries, Lily Garland (Carole Lombard), rises to stardom and heeds the call of Hollywood, Oscar begins a career slide. He hits the skids and seems on his way out, until he chances to meet Lily again, on a train ride aboard the Twentieth Century Limited.


  Twisted Rails (1934)

Cast: Jack Donovan, Alice Dahl, Philo McCullough, Victor Potel
Director: Albert Herman
Format: English, Black & White, Mono
Runtime: 51 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 5.1 (of 10)
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Synopsis: The mountain division of the Tidewater Railroad is sabotaged by a gang's series of wrecks and robberies. When the engineer's daughter is kidnapped by the gang, Jim Conway (Jack Donovan) leads the effort to capture the gang's leader and prevent the robbery of a gold shipment.


  Tycoon (1947)

Cast: John Wayne, Laraine Day, Cedric Hardwicke, Judith Anderson,
           James Gleason, Anthony Quinn
Director: Richard Wallace
Format: English, Color, Mono
Runtime: 129 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 6.0 (of 10)
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Synopsis: This John Wayne adventure is set in South America's rugged Andes Mountains. The Duke has been assigned by a powerful US mining magnate to build a railroad to his newest mines. The two men lock horns over the route the railroad will take. The cost-conscious, people-insensitive industrialist wants to take the shortest route, right through the mountain. But building the tunnel will be extremely dangerous. Wayne wants to do it more safely and build a bridge. Eventually, the engineer is forced to acquiesce with his boss. Later the engineer meets and falls in love with a pretty young woman who turns out to be his hated boss's daughter and this only makes matters worse.

 


  Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995)

Cast: Steven Seagal, Eric Bogosian, Everett McGill, Katherine Heigl,
           Morris Chestnut
Director: Geoff Murphy
Format: English, Color, Dolby Digital
Runtime: 100 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 4.9 (of 10)
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Synopsis: In the original box-office smash Under Siege, action hero Steven Seagal played Casey Ryback, a U.S. Navy SEAL who saved the world from nuclear destruction by outsmarting and killing off terrorists who had commandeered a submarine. In this sequel, Seagal's Ryback character does the same sort of thing aboard a train. Ryback now has retired from the Navy and is taking his niece Sarah (Katherine Heigl) on a vacation. They board a train traveling through the Rocky Mountains, where criminal mastermind Travis Dane (Eric Bogosian) is using the train as a control center in his effort to kidnap a top-secret government weapon.

 


  Union Depot (1932)

Cast: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Joan Blondell, Guy Kibbee, Alan Hale
Director: Alfred E. Green
Format: English, Black & White, Mono
Runtime: 67 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 7.0 (of 10)
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Synopsis: Amid the comings and goings at Union Depot, on-the-grift Chick (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.) and his pal Scrap Iron (Guy Kibbee) retrieve a dropped baggage-claim ticket. They redeem it for a violin case - and open it to find a fortune in cash. Now Chick can put on airs and impress the doll-faced, down-on-her-luck chorus girl (Joan Blondell) he meets at the station. And maybe she can travel to her next show on his dime -- and flee a deviant stalker, to boot. Meanwhile, detectives close in on the pair for passing around counterfeit dough.

Filming Locations: Filmed on a set at Warner Brothers Burbank Studios.


  Union Pacific (1939)

Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea, Akim Tamiroff, Robert Preston,
           Lynne Overman, Brian Donlevy
Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Format: English, Black & White, Mono
Runtime: 135 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 7.2 (of 10)
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Synopsis: Cecil B. DeMille takes us back to the 1860s, then rebuilds the first intercontinental railroad in Union Pacific. The real-life spectacle is occasionally interrupted by the fictional adventures of railroad overseer Joel McCrea, postmistress Barbara Stanwyck, and McCrea's best pal Robert Preston. Unfortunately, Preston has fallen in with Brian Donlevy, who is dedicated to destroying the Union Pacific railroad on behalf of a crooked political cartel.


  Union Station (1950)

Cast: William Holden, Barry Fitzgerald, Nancy Olson, Allene Roberts
Director: Rudolph Mate
Format: English, Black & White, Mono
Runtime: 81 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 6.9 (of 10)
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Synopsis: On a train to Union Station, Joyce Willecombe (Nancy Olson) witnesses what she believes is suspicious activity by two men. Indeed, they have kidnapped Lorna Murchison (Allene Roberts), the blind daughter of Joyce's wealthy employer, and are holding Lorna ransom for $100,000. As the crooks use bustling Union Station as the drop-off point for the ransom, police chief Bill Calhoun (William Holden) must rescue the blind heiress.


  Unstoppable (2010)

Cast: Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson, Ethan Suplee,
           Kevin Dunn, Kevin Corrigan
Director: Tony Scott
Format: English, Color, Dolby Digital
Runtime: 98 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 6.8 (of 10)
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Synopsis: A runaway train transporting toxic chemicals is barreling down on Scranton, Pennsylvania, and only two men can stop it: a veteran engineer (Denzel Washington) and a young conductor (Chris Pine). Thousands of lives hang in the balance as these ordinary heroes attempt to chase down one million tons of hurtling steel and prevent an epic disaster.

The movie is based on the runaway of CSX 8888 that occurred in Ohio in May 2001. The set up of the movie largely follows real life events, including a series of gross errors in judgment by the train engineer that caused the unlikely runaway. It is also true that the train was carrying hazardous cargo and exceeded speeds of 50mph. However, the remainder of the movie takes a number of liberties concerning the attempts to stop the runaway. A report detailing the actual event is available online.

Filming Locations: Filmed on location at the Western New York & Pennsylvania Railroad (Olean NY, Eldred PA, Port Allegany PA, and Emporium PA), the Nittany & Bald Eagle RR (Tyrone PA), and Wheeling & Lake Erie's Brewster Yard (Brewster OH). The elevated curve and bridge were filmed in Bellaire, Ohio. The "Allegheny & West Virginia Railroad (AWVR)" name is fictional. The two locomotives of the runaway train were Canadian Pacific AC4400CWs. The locomotives used to stop the runaway were Wheeling & Lake Erie SD40-2s. The passenger train consisted of Southwest Pennsylvania Railroad GP11 #2002 and coaches from the Orrville Railroad Heritage Society.


  The Utah Trail (1938)

Cast: Tex Ritter, White Flash, Horace Murphy, Snub Pollard, Pamela Blake
Director: Albert Herman
Format: English, Black & White, Mono
Runtime: 56 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 5.9 (of 10)
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Synopsis: Tex and his sidekicks arrive to help out his friend Jeffers, a railroad owner, only to find that he has been killed. They quickly run into trouble with an outlaw gang in their attempt to find the mysterious "ghost train" that supposedly runs on Jeffer's line.


  The Warriors (1979)

Cast: Michael Beck, James Remar, Deborah Van Valkenburgh,
           David Patrick Kelly
Director: Walter Hill
Format: English, Color, Mono
Runtime: 92 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 7.6 (of 10)
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Synopsis: The gangs of New York number 100,000 and tonight they're after the Warriors - a street gang blamed unfairly for a rival gang leader's death. This Warriors use the New York City Subway to get from place to place, while gang warfare rages from Coney Island to Manhattan to the Bronx.

Filming Locations: Filmed on location in New York City, including subway stations at 72nd Street, New Utrecht Ave-62nd Street, Broadway Junction, Hoyt-Schermerhorn, Eastern Parkway, and Coney Island.


  The West-Bound Limited (1923)

Cast: Ralph Lewis, Claire McDowell, Ella Hall, John Harron
Director: Emory Johnson
Format: Black & White, Silent
Runtime: 72 minutes
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Synopsis: A fired employee takes revenge on the railroad by setting a trap for a head on collision between a passenger train and a freight train.


  Where the Hell's That Gold? (1988)

Cast: Willie Nelson, Delta Burke, Jack Elam, Alfonso Arau
Director: Burt Kennedy
Format: English, Color, Mono
Runtime: 91 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 5.7 (of 10)
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Synopsis: Two 19th Century outlaws attempt to outrun a variety of pursuers after stealing a large cache of gold in this high-energy caper. It's not easy to outrun pursuing Indians, bandits, and Federal Agents when you're being weighed down by a substantial stash of precious ore. After being taken into custody by Mexican authorities, the quick thinking thieves enlist the aid of a scheming madam and her loyal band of prostitutes in reclaiming their treasure and eluding the long arm of the law.


  Whispering Smith (1948)

Cast: Alan Ladd, Robert Preston, Brenda Marshall, Donald Crisp,
           William Demarest
Director: Leslie Fenton
Format: English, Color, Mono
Runtime: 88 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 6.5 (of 10)
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Synopsis: This fact -based western follows a soft-spoken railroad detective (Alan Ladd) as he brings a murderous ring of robbers to justice and rekindles an old flame.


  Without Reservations (1946)

Cast: John Wayne, Claudette Colbert, Don DeFore
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Format: English, Black & White, Mono
Runtime: 101 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 6.5 (of 10)
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Synopsis: Top billing is bestowed upon Claudette Colbert as Kit, a best-selling novelist heading westward to oversee the film version of her latest novel. Taking it upon herself to select the man who should portray the hero of her novel, Kit chooses war hero Rusty (John Wayne), whom she meets during her train trip to Hollywood. Unaware of Kit's true identity, Rusty and his pal Dink (Don DeFore) rail against the factual errors in her book. One thing leads to another, and before long Kit, Rusty, and Dink have all been thrown off the train for annoying the other passengers.


  The Yards (1999)

Cast: Mark Walberg, James Caan, Joaquin Phoenix , Charlize Theron
Director: James Gray
Format: English, Color, Dolby Digital
Runtime: 115 minutes
IMDB User Rating: 6.3 (of 10)
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Synopsis: Hot-headed Leo Handler (Mark Wahlberg) has had some scrapes with the law and served time for a crime he didn't commit. Hoping to get his life back on track, he takes a job in the New York subway yards, secured by his Uncle Frank (James Caan), who has a high-ranking position with the Transit Authority. Leo soon realizes that his uncle controls a corrupt underworld where violence and even death are just part of the job. Will Leo turn against his family in the name of justice, or will he keep quiet and ignore the danger and lawlessness that surround him?

Filming Locations: Yard scenes were filmed at the New York City Transit Authority's 207th Street Shops and at an abandoned freight yard in Brooklyn.

 
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