Who would have thought, that a movie about fast cars, hot women and stupid acts of driving would become a movie franchise. In all there have been 5 movies, with the latest being “Fast Five” that was released in 2011, and a 6th film, planned on being released in 2013 called “Fast Six”. The Scene in question is from the first movie involves a 1970 Dodge Challenger, a 1995 Honda Civic (Modified) and a 1968 EMD GP40 (Stock). The scene takes place when Brian (Driving the Civic), and Dominic (Driving the Challenger) drag race down a street, and narrowly avoid getting hit by SCRX GP40 #3134. After a sigh of relief, Dominic ends up rolling his Challenger after colliding with a Peterbilt Tractor-Trailer.
The locomotive that is seen is Santa Clarita Railroad GP40 #3134. She was constructed by the Electro-Motive Division of General Motors in August, 1968, with serial #34295 and Frame #7127-14. The Locomotive was built for the Penn Central, the giant North Eastern railroad that went Bankrupt after only 2 years! The Locomotive was originally ordered by the New York Central in 1967, but was delivered after the Merger, and came decked out all for PC. When built, she was Penn Central #3118. She served the large, bankrupt Penn Central until 1976, when the Penn Central and many other Northeastern railroads all merged under the government run “Consolidated Rail Corporation,” other wise known as Conrail. Under Conrail, the locomotive was Conrail 3118, and she served the Big Blue (Conrail’s Nickname since their paint scheme was solid blue), until 1983, when the 15 year lease on the locomotive was up. After Conrail released the locomotive back to its owner, Helm Financial, the locomotive was sold right away to the Denver, and Rio Grande Western Railroad, that operated in Utah and Colorado, with trackage rights into Kansas City. The locomotive was then renumbered to DRGW #3134, the number she carries to this day. She spent the next 15 years being owned by the D&RGW, the Southern Pacific, and the Union Pacific. The locomotive was retired by the Union Pacific Railroad, still in full DRGW paint, in 1999, and was then sold to the Santa Clarita Railroad. During her time on the Santa Claritia, she was use in not only “Fast and the Furious,” but she was also used in an Operation Lifesaver commercial that involved an exploding car. She stayed with the SCRX until November 2004, when she was sold to the Southwestern Railroad for use on their new Carlsbad division in New Mexico. Today, she is still earning a living on the SouthWestern, working the many Potash trains and the occasional unit grain trains.
Here is a Photo of the unit as Penn Central #3118: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=358929
Here is a Photo of the unit as Conrail #3118: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=2835197
Here is a Photo of the unit as D&RGW #3134: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=17485
Here is a Photo of the unit as SCRX #3134: http://www.locophotos.com/PhotoDetails.php?PhotoID=69246
Here is a Photo of the unit as SouthWestern #3134: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=2578007
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Welcome to the 2nd part of The CineTrains Project of the special report of Train in Music Videos. In part 2, we will take a look at 2 more music videos from the Country music Genre!
Lets get right to it!
Train Wreck of Emotion – Lorrie Morgan
Just like R.E.M.’s “Driver 8”, Lorrie Morgan’s video of her song “Train Wreck of Emotion” has an opening shot of Classic EMD power. In this case, it is CSX GP38-2 #2523. By the looks of the location, and a brief glimpse of CSX GP38-2 #2523. She was constructed by EMD in La Grange, IL with Frame #72785-24 in early 1973, not even a year after EMD introduced the GP38-2. When built, she was built for the Seaboard Coast Line, a South-Eastern United States carrier, as SCL #523. The locomotive spent the first 14 years of its life as SCL 523. By 1985, the SCL had become part of the Family Lines(SCL, L&N, Georgia, Clinchfield), witch, in turn, had become part of the Seaboard System. In the mid 1980’s, the Seaboard System and its competitor, The Chessie System (B&O, C&O, WM) to form today’s CSX Transportation company. After the merger, the locomotive was quickly patched to become CSX 2523. She is currently in local train service on the CSX to this day.
Here is a photo of the of the SCL 523 when she was at work for her Original Owner: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=986229
Here is a photo of the 523, now CSX 2523, as she appeared in the video: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=1091589
Here is a photo of the 2523 as she looked in CSX’s classic Grey-Blue-Yellow YN2 scheme: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=327613
Here is a photo of the 2523 as she looks today in the current CSX paint scheme: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=813530
In the background of the band, there are a couple of CSX end cab EMD switchers, and I can not make out the numbers on them, here is a screenshot. Both appear to be EMD SW1500’s, one in the CSX YN1 Blue and Grey scheme and the other still painted for the Seaboard System.
Here is the music video:
Long Black Train – Josh Turner
The Tennessee Valley Railway Museum has been featured in several films, and this Music Video. Starring Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton 2-8-0 Consolidation type steam locomotive #610. She was constructed in 1952, near the end of the steam age, and was assigned builders #75503. She was constructed By BLH for the United States Army for use by the 7th Transportation Battalion in Fort Bragg and was given the class of S160A by the Military. She was used on the base to switch incoming cars and to help assemble out going troop trains and military equipment trains during the Korean War and the Vietnam wars. By 1972, she was worn out, and was retired by the US Army and declared surplus. When retired, the US Army donated the locomotive to the Wiregrass Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society (NRHS). With no place to store her, the locomotive was then re-donated by the chapter to the Tennesse Valley Railway Museum. She sat around on the grounds, only cosmetically restored, however, in 1990, the museum restored the 610 to operational use. Right away, the locomotive was borrowed by the Norfolk Southern Corp. to fill in for another ailing NS Steam locomotive, the N&W 1218. This would have been the first time the locomotive ran under its own power on a mainline train at mainline speeds, since her entire military career consisted mainly of switching the yard in Ft. Bragg. Since then, the locomotive has been used by the TVRM on its tourist railroad in the Chattanooga, TN area. In 2010, the locomotive was sidelined by the museum when its flu time ran out. The locomotive is waiting to be put into the shop at the TVRM for boiler work and boiler re-certification.
Here is a photo of the 610 right before its boiler certification ran out in 2010: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=2173537
Here is the Music Video:
Special thanks to Jeff Hunsaker of Knoxville, TN for help on clarification on this article.
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This article will cover 5 music videos that I enjoy that all have a locomotive in them that is identifiable and that I really enjoy! Lets start!
Hardhat and a Hammer – Alan Jackson
Alan Jackson in released this song about the working man, and has footage of Railroading, Logging, Mining and trucking. The locomotive featured in this song is Terminal Railway of Alabama State Docks MP15AC #803. She was constructed for the TASD by the Electro Motive Division of General Motors in October 1980 with Frame #806003-1, with an unknown Serial #. She has worked for the same railroad since she was delivered, and is still in everyday use, working the State Docks in Mobile, Alabama.
Here is a photo of the TASD #803 as she looks today: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=1223433
Here is the music video that she is featured in
Living on the Edge -Aerosmith
Aerosmith’s 1980’s music video “Living on the Edge” has a spectacular shot of McCloud River #39. The scene in witch this shot takes place is the same location that was seen in the movie “Stand By Me” that was already covered by The CineTrains Project. The locomotive was built for the McCloud River in August 1974 by EMD with Frame #74623-1, with an unknown Serial #. The unit stayed on the McCloud River until 1997, when the unit was traded to the Union Pacific railroad in exchange for 5 end cab switchers. When she was released for service by the UP in late 1997, the locomotive became UP 2824. She kept this number until the UP had to put all yard power into the new UPY reporting marks, where she became UPY 824. She is currently in service as a hump locomotive in Southern California.
Here’s a photo of the McCloud 39 as she looked in the music video: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=1932753
Here’s the same locomotive after she was released for service on the UP as UP 2824: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=631704
Here’s she is again, with the UPY #, working as #824: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=2384045
Here’s the music video that she appeared in:
Little Pink Houses – John Mellencamp
Little Pink Houses by John Mellencamp has two different trains in them, first is this quick shot of Conrail GP38#7841, still in Penn Central paint. The locomotive was built by EMD in May 1970 for the ill-fated Penn Central, as PC #7841. When PC and 7 other railroads merged to form Conrail, she became Conrail 7841. She was retired from the Conrail roster in 1985, after spending 2 years in Conrail blue paint, and was sold to National Railway Equipment, who stored the locomotive until she was eventually sold to the BNSF railway in 1998. There, she became BNSF #2169, and is currently in everyday service on the vast BNSF system.
Here’s a photo of the 7841 in her Penn Central Days: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=965853
Here’s a photo of the same locomotive a year before being retired, in full Conrail paint (She is the 2nd unit): http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=1588558
Here is the same locomotive after being sold to the BNSF Railway: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=619685
The next train we see is Chessie System (B&O) GP40-2 #4310. Built by EMD in March 1978, she carries the Frame #777051-2, and was delivered in the beautiful Chessie Paint scheme. When the Chessie System and the Seaboard System merged in the mid 1980’s, she became CSXT 6209, and is today, currently in service under that same number.
Here’s a photo of the unit as she looked in the music video: http://www.flickr.com/photos/8226029@N06/2434347259/
Here’s a photo of the unit after she was patched to become CSXT 6209 (CSXT marked under the B&O): http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=1975850
Here’s a photo of the unit in the classic CSX Grey-Blue-Yellow YN2 paint scheme: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=676561
Here’s a photo of the unit as looks today in the current CSX Navy Blue-Yellow YN3 scheme: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=2733867
Heres the music video:
1000 Miles from No where – Dave Yoakam
Dave Yoakam’s 1000 Miles From No Where was filmed in 1994 on Arizona’s Copper Basin Railway. The locomotive used in the film is Copper Basin Railway GP9 #208. She was built by EMD in June of 1954 for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy as their #279. Built with Serial #19163 and frame #5354-5, she was the 5th unit of the Burlington’s 1954 GP9 order. She stayed with the Burlington until 1970, when the CB&Q, Northern Pacific, Great Northern and the Spokane, Portland and Seattle railroads all merged to form the Burlington Northern. The BN retired her from active service in December 1985 and she was sold to NRE in Silvis, IL, where she had her high short hut lowered and was sold to the Copper Basin Railway. She is still there, lugging copper concentrate out of the mines and to an online smelter for copper production.
UPDATE AS OF 7-7-2013! The Locomotive used in this music video is no longer owned by the Copper Basin Railway. The CBRY traded all their GP9’s in to Metro East Industries in East St. Louis, Missouri in March, 2013. This includes the 208. The units were traded in for several ex-Iowa, Chicago and Eastern GP40-2’s. Metro East Industries has since re-sold the locomotives to Foster-Townsend Rail Logistics (FTRL, aar FTRX). The 208 was last reported at MEI’s Ex-Manufactures Railway Shop in St. Louis, Missouri for shopping and repainting into FTRL’s Orange and Brown scheme. According to an inside source, the Locomotive will be working on FTRL’s Cleveland Terminal Operation in Ohio once shopped.
Here’s a photo of the unit as she looked on the BN: http://www.trainpix.com/BN/EMDORIG/GP9/1959.HTM
Here’s a photo of how she looks today: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=1445133
Every Light in the House is On – Trace Atkins
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So far on The CineTrains Project, we have talked about trains that have appeared in Movies and Television shows. But in this post, we jump into a genre that we have never discussed before, Music Videos. We will be discussing each Music video in the same format that you have come to expect, however, each post that is about a music video, will also have the video embedded into the post as well.
“Driver 8” was the second single from the 3rd Album released by the band R.E.M. in September 1985. The Album, Fables of Reconstruction, reached to #28 on Billboards top 200, however, the song itself, made it into the top 25, reaching #22 on Billboards Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart. However, with the somewhat popularity that the song got in the United States, it was never released to the European market. The song is about a passenger train, The Southern Crescent, that was operated by the Southern Railway until 1979, when the train was handed over to Amtrak. Even though the song was about the Southern’s most famous passenger train, the trains featured was the Chessie System, and the video was mainly featured, Railfan style, in and around the Clifton Forge, Virginia area, including inside the locomotive shops there. We will be discussing only a few of the locomotive seen in the film, and those are the ones that are featured prominently in the music video
The video is mainly Black and White, with a few bits of color footage in it. The video starts with a wonderful sweeping shot of a a pair of then nearly new Chessie SD50’s. Only 1 of the locomotives is identified, and that is the lead locomotive, C&O 8558. The locomotive was constructed by the Electro-Motive Division of General Motors in February of 1984, about 6 months before the footage was shot. Released from the EMD factory with Frame #837057-6 (Serial # unknown), the locomotive was released in, what I think is the best looking paint scheme every imagined, the Chessie System Family colors of Yellow, Orange and Vermilion (Very Dark Blue). The Chessie System was not long for the world however, and in 1986, the year after the video was released, the Chessie merged with Seaboard System to form CSX Transportation. After the merger, the Unit became CSXT 8558. Not much more history remains with unit, however, in 2009, the locomotive was rebuilt by CSX into what it calls “SD50-2”, however, when the rebuild took place, the locomotive kept its number. The 8558 is still working hard today for CSX, nearly 30 years after being built by EMD.
Here’s a photo of the 8558 in her Chessie System colors (She is the 2nd unit): http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=2646851
Here’s a photo of the 8558 as she looked before she was rebuilt into SD50-2 standards: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=865566
Here’s a photo of the 8558 as she looks today, as CSX SD50-2 #8558: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=2822538
Chessie System (Baltimore and Ohio) GP40-2 #4329 is the next unit we will cover. She is only 5 years younger than the 8558 that we discussed above, constructed by in February, 1979, the locomotive was released by the Electro-Motive Division of General Motors with Frame #787227-8 (Serial # unknown). The Unit, also released in the magnificent Chessie System paint scheme, the unit toiled around, as part of Chessie’s back bone fleet. After the CSX merger, the unit became CSX 6228, and today, she remains part of CSX’s fleet of local road power.
Here’s a photo of the 4329 as she looked during her Chessie Days: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=847626
Here’s a photo of the 4329 (Now 6228) right after the merger, she has only been patched by CSX: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=2559074
Here’s a photo of the 6228 as she looked wearing the classic Yellow-Blue-Grey CSX “YN2” scheme: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=1561966
Here’s a photo of the 6228 as she looks today on the CSX roster: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=2461827
The next locomotive that we will cover is now a Museum piece. The locomotive, Chessie System (Baltimore and Ohio) GP38 #3802, was, in the early 1980’s, named TRAINS MAGAZINE “ALL AMERICAN DIESEL” and after the announcement was made, the locomotive was automatically tapped at the event, for placement at the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum outside Baltimore. where she would forever be preserved as a “Typical American Locomotive” for all to view. She was released from the EMD La Grange, Illinois plant in October 1967 as B&O 3802. When released, she was painted in B&O’s then standard Dark blue paint scheme. When B&O’s owner, the Chesapeake and Ohio formed the holding company of Chessie System, the unit was painted into the standard Chessie Colors, along with other railroads that were in the fold (TORCO, B&O, C&O and Western Maryland). In the early 1980’s, the locomotive was named TRAINS MAGAZINE’S ALL AMERICAN DIESEL, and a plaque was dedicated onto the front of the locomotive, which was subsequently stolen and never found. All the railroad do was stencil the lettering that was on the plaque where the plaque was. When the Chessie System merged with Seaboard System, the locomotive was renumbered from B&O 3802 to CSX 2002. She carried this number until the mid 1990’s when she was pulled from regular service, and put into MOW service, and was repainted into a solid Orange scheme and renumbered to CSX 9699. it is interesting to note, this locomotive never wore any of the official CSX road-service paint schemes, until she was repainted all orange for MOW work. In the early 2000’s, the locomotive was finally retired and donated to the B&O Railroad Museum for public display.
Here’s a photo of the B&O 3802 in her as-delivered paint scheme: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=160469
Here’s a photo of the B&O 3802, after the plaque had been stolen: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=1977714
Here’s a photo of Stenciling that the B&O 3802 wore for the remainder of her Chessie days: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=2398007
Here’s a photo of the 3802, now CSX 2002, when she was only a patch job: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=935178
Here’s a photo of the 2002, now in her Orange MOW paint scheme, a few months away from retirement: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=1390275
Here’s the 9699, right after being donated to the B&O Museum: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=471896
Here is the 9699, now back to her original number of B&O 3802, inside the B&O museum: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=1981461
NO IDENTIFICATION FOR THE GP7
The next, and last locomotive that we will cover is Chessie System (Chesapeake and Ohio) B30-7 #8289. She was constructed by General Electric Transportation in their Erie, Pennsylvania plant in March of 1981. She carries serial #43266, and was one of the last B30-7’s delivered to the railroad. Being a GE, the locomotive was minority on the railroad, since this was a time before GE dominated locomotive building, and the GE products were still not as reliable as EMD products. When the Chessie/Seaboard System merger took place in the mid 1980’s, the locomotive was renumbered to CSXT 5571. She remained on the active CSX roster until 2002, when she was involved in a wreck that slightly bent the locomotive’s frame, a fatality to a locomotive. She has not yet been scrapped, and can be seen in the CSX deadline in Waycross, Georgia.
Here’s a photo of the C&O 8289 when she was first delivered to Chessie: http://www.trainweb.org/chessiephotos/photos/B30-7/8289cs-c&o.jpg
Here’s a photo of the C&O 8289 after she was patched, now CSX 5571: http://www.trainweb.org/csxphotos/photos/B30-7/5571cs.jpg
Here’s a photo of the CSX 5571 when she was in service: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=248644
Heres a photo of how she looks today, derelict and wrecked, never to run again: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=586982
Now, as promised, I am going to embed the music video into this post:
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Courage Under Fire is one of the more compelling movies ever made about the United States Armed Forces. The movie follows Lieutenant Colonel Nathaniel Serling, played by Denzel Washington, who was involved in a freak friendly fire accident during the first Gulf War in the early 1990’s, and his mission to determin if Army Captain Karen Emma Walden, played by Meg Ryan, should be the first woman to receive (posthumously) the Medal of Honor for valor in combat. During the visit to one soldier, who knew about Serling’s incident, drives along the tracks, mad with a case of PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and crash’s headfirst into a moving train.
The scene in question was filmed in Bertram, Texas, on the Gulf, Colorado and San Saba Railway, a shortline railroad in Texas that operates a former Santa Fe Railway Branch line between Lometa and Brady, Texas. The two locomotive used in the film were painted red for the film, and both of them came from the Chicago and Northwestern Railway. The first locomotive is GCSR 4303. The unit was built in November 1956 for the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway (M&STL). Built with the serial #22822 and Frame #7537-3, she was the final unit of a 3 locomotive order built by EMD’s long closed Cleveland, Ohio plant. This plant operated from 1946 to sometime in the Late 1950’s, during the race to replace all Steam Locomotives by North American railroads. The locomotive was delivered to the M&STL as its #602. She was acquired by the M&STL by trading in an FT A-B-A set (445 A, 445B and 445C) for the new EMD GP9s. She stayed on the M&STL roster until the railroad was bought and merged into the Chicago and Northwestern railway in 1960. She then became CNW #602 and retained that number until June of 1972, when, like most of the CNW GP7’s and GP9’s, were all rebuilt into EMD GP9R’s. The program was so extensive, and successful, that the CNW was purchasing retired GP7’s and GP9’s for their own use after rebuilding. The Locomotive was renumbered to CNW 4303 after rebuild, and remained on the CNW roster until June of 1995, when she was retired, just 1 month before the Chicago and Northwestern, Chicago’s first railroad, was merged into the Union Pacific Roster. She did not linger long before the locomotive was sold the the GCSR, along with sister unit 4308. When the movie was filmed, both the 4303 and the 4308 were both in a scarlet red primer, getting ready for paint, when the locomotive were used in the Courage Under Fire train crash scene. Today, the 4303 is still in everyday service on the GCSR, working the many grain elevators along the line.
Here’s a photo of the 4303 during when she was CNW 602 (She is behind the Locomotive): http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=2039438
Here’s a photo of the 4303, working the long abandoned CNW “Cowboy Line” in Nebraska: http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=257188
Here’s a photo of the GCSR 4303 as she looks today, along with other GCSR power: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=468507
The second locomotive is also of Minneapolis and St. Louis ancestry. She was built by the EMD La Grange, IL plant in October 1957, with serial #22982 and Frame #7541-1. She was delivered to the railroad as M&STL 607. Like the 603, she was a product of another Trade in. The M&STL traded in EMD F2 A-B-A set #147 (147 A, 147B and 147) for GP9’s #606-608, of which the 607 was the 1st unit of the three built. The locomotive came to the C&NW when the M&STL was merged into that railroad in 1960, in which she became CNW 607. In July 1972, the locomotive was sent to the railroads former M&STL shops in Oelwien, IA to be rebuilt into a GP9R, and when she emerged a short time later, she had become CNW 4308. Along with other lower numbered CNW 4300’s, she was retired in 1995, and was basically immediately sold to the GCSR. Along with the 4303, the 4308 was in her scarlet red primer, ready to be painted, when she appeared in the movie. Today, the locomotive is not in service, as she suffered a major mechanical failure and is serving as a parts source, and will eventually either be rebuilt, or more likely, cut up for scrap
Here’s the 4308, about a year after the M&STL was merged into the CNW: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=388638
Here’s a photo of the 4308 10 years after her 1972 rebuild: http://www.locophotos.com/PhotoDetails.php?PhotoID=41000
And here’s a photo of the 4308 as she looks today, as a parts source: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=1513287
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When released by United Artist’s in 1967, Racism was a critical issue. This was during a time of integration of the American Black community into the rest of American life, without segregation, that had reigned supreme since the end of the Civil war, nearly 100 years before. In the Heat of the Night is about an African-American detective from the north coming to Sparta, Mississippi to assist in the solving of a murder. The movie, however, was filmed in the more understanding North, in the small community of Sparta, Illinois, a small town about 50 miles south/southeast of St. Louis, Missouri. However, the film was also filmed in the small river town of Chester, IL. You have to remember, the producers did not want anything to harm the African-American actors at a time in American History, was so violent towards the community. Filming in Illinois was much safer than filming in either Mississippi, Alabama or Georgia, where racist’s would kill a man, woman or child just because of their skin color.
In the film, two railroads, both on lines out of St. Louis, were used in the filming. Those railroads are the Missouri Pacific Lines, and the Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad. Unlike the Missouri Pacific, a railroad that we already discussed twice in two previous posts, “Things are Tough All Around”, a Cheech and Chong Movie, and “End of the Line”, a Wilford Brimely movie, the GM&O had not been in any other films that we discussed
Lets get on to the trains in the film.
The locomotive that the GM&O used in the film is an old EMD E7A. Built as Alton Railroad E7A #103A, the locomotive carried Serial #2006, and Frame #E544-A4. She was born in March 1945, a time when World War II was coming to a close. She helped the Alton, and later, the GM&O haul the influx of returning soldiers. The unit spent her entire career on the Alton and the GM&O, never straying away from her home territory. I am sad to report, however, that GM&O 103, was sold for scrap in March, 1975, and was cut up shortly after that.
Here’s a photo of GM&O 103 as she looked a few years of filming. The unit is working an Amtrak train out of Chicago: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=2005687
An interesting tidbit that I learned from a Union Pacific engineer. All the passengers on the train are actually GM&O Employees! The engineer friend of mine worked with the Fireman on the 103 during Filming of the film. I should also point out that the GM&O’s line through Sparta, IL was torn up in the late 1980’s by the GM&O’s successor, the Illinois Central Gulf.
The brace of EMD locomotives during the Jail Break seen are a set of Missouri Pacific EMD GP35’s. The GP35, at this time, was Missouri Pacific’s fast freight locomotive. Even though the more popular EMD GP40 had not yet taken hold on the MoPac Roster, and the even more popular SD40 had just been introduced that January. The locomotives in the film are MP GP35’s 615, 660 and 622.
Missouri Pacific GP35 #615 was built in February of 1964 for the Missouri Pacific. She was built with frame #7706-8 and serial #28930. Unlike most of the other locomotives featured in The CineTrains Project, Missouri Pacific 615 had a short life. She was fatally wrecked in Cotulla, Texas in March 1971, at the Age of 7.
Here’s a photo of the Wrecked #615: http://silvereagle.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=399552
Here’s a link into exactly what happened to cause the wreck that destroyed #615: http://www.trainweb.org/screamingeagle/cotulla.html
Missouri Pacific GP35 #660 was built in July 1964 for the Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railway as C&EI #252. Between the time the Locomotive was built and delivered to the time of the filming, the C&EI was split up between the Louisville and Nashville Railroad and the Missouri Pacific, so both railroads could reach Chicago. The unit was built with serial #29543 and Frame #5668-3. The unit was renumbered to MP 2557 during the 1970’s renumbering of Missouri Pacific Locomotives, the unit was given the number 2557. She kept this number for the rest of her life. When the Union Pacific Railroad took over the MoPac in 1982, the locomotive lived on for another 7 months, before retiring in February of 1983. In 1984, the locomotive was sent to EMD as a trade in for new Missouri Pacific SD50’s. She was scrapped by the Pielet Brothers in Chicago later that year.
Here’s a photo of the MP 660 in Dalton, IL: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=674071
The third and Final locomotive in the lashup is MP GP35 #622. Built by EMD in February of 1964, the locomotive carried the frame number 7706-8 and Serial number 28930. She was built as MP 622 and carried this number until the 1970’s MoPac locomotive renumberings, when she got the number 2520. The locomotive carried the number until she to was retired in February of 1983. She, along with 44 other locomotives (Included the mentioned MP 660) was sent back to EMD in May of 1984 to be traded in for credit towards brand new EMD SD50’s that the MoPac ordered. She was cut up for scrap by the Pielet Brothers in Chicago in early 1985.
Here’s a photo of the MP 622 in everyday service on the MP: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=1174738
While this scene has 2 locomotives in it, I was only able to get the 2nd locomotive. The unit is an EMD GP18, #457. The locomotive, also an EMD product, was constructed in 1962 as Missouri Pacific 457, with the Frame #7623-11 and serial #27238. At the age of 9, the unit was damaged in the a-for-mentioned Colutta, Texas wreck. However, unlike the ill-fated MP 615, that was seen earlier, this unit was not a total wright off and was rebuilt, and continued to serve the MoPac for a number of years. In the In70’s locomotive renumbering, the locomotive was given the number of 1955. She carried the number for the rest of her service lie on the MoPac. She was sent as trade in to General Electric in the early 1980’s, and was cut up for scrap by Scrap Service of Joliet, IL. This was all the info I could locate on this particular locomotive.
SORRY, NO KNOWN PHOTOS OF THE MP 457/MP 1955 HAVE BEEN LOCATED. If you can provide a photo, please inform me ASAP.
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