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Date: 11/19/12 11:32
Runaway Train movie & the Sierra Pacific
Author: valmont

I'm pretty sure I've posted these before, but a post on the Western Board yesterday (Runaway Train Movie; The Quiz) prompted me to post these shots, I shot all 6((3 to follow) of these on April 5, 1973 in Denver.








Date: 11/19/12 11:33
Re: Runaway Train movie & the Sierra Pacific
Author: valmont

here's the other 3








Date: 11/19/12 12:34
Re: Runaway Train movie & the Sierra Pacific
Author: icancmp193

I think I mentioned before that Darlene Carr (depressed babe on the train) wore a great pair of leather pants in the movie. :-)

Tom Y



Date: 11/19/12 12:36
Re: Runaway Train movie & the Sierra Pacific
Author: miralomarail

How Ironic that all the RR equipment in the photo's would wind up being owned by the Real SP



Date: 11/19/12 12:50
Re: Runaway Train movie & the Sierra Pacific
Author: ctillnc

This was the 1973 movie entitled "Runaway!" The other movie, set in the Arctic, was 1985's "Runaway Train".



Date: 11/19/12 13:07
Re: Runaway Train movie & the Sierra Pacific
Author: valmont

ctillnc Wrote:
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> This was the 1973 movie entitled "Runaway!" The
> other movie, set in the Arctic, was 1985's
> "Runaway Train".


Runaway Train was a cold movie to watch!



Date: 11/19/12 13:26
Re: Runaway Train movie & the Sierra Pacific
Author: highgreengraphics

Runaway train movies = Real railroaders can punch all kinds of holes in them, they are so far from reality. === === = === JLH



Date: 11/19/12 13:34
Re: Runaway Train movie & the Sierra Pacific
Author: Sneebly

One of my favorite Farside cartoons was captioned Runaway Trains. It showed the lady emptying grocery sacks with pictures of missing locomotives like in the same vein as missing kids.

Sneebly



Date: 11/19/12 14:50
Re: Runaway Train movie & the Sierra Pacific
Author: rdb3

As I recall they only shot from the right side of the train. Did both sides of the locomotives get repainted?

Rick



Date: 11/19/12 15:11
Re: Runaway Train movie & the Sierra Pacific
Author: atsffan

rdb3 Wrote:
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> As I recall they only shot from the right side of
> the train. Did both sides of the locomotives get
> repainted?
>
> Rick


It's not well known, but Geeps prefer to be photographed from the right side. All Hollywood-types have their good side.



Date: 11/19/12 15:43
Re: Runaway Train movie & the Sierra Pacific
Author: 1500fan

When "Runaway" was made in 1973, I was a member of the Arvada Volunteer Fire Department. We got to be 'extras', since the script called for the fire department to be called out in case the train derailed on the big curve just west of Wadsworth Blvd. I think there were a couple of runbys. If you watch the movie, I think we're seen for about a second!

Scott Hightower




Date: 11/19/12 18:12
Re: Runaway Train movie & the Sierra Pacific
Author: dan

can we watch it?



Date: 11/19/12 18:15
Re: Runaway Train movie & the Sierra Pacific
Author: IC_2024

I remember watching this absurd movie and being transfixed as a 10-yr-old kid! The BN called it 'hogwash' at the time (imagine a RR using that word now?). Actor Ben Johnson's old head engr hat was indeed an exact match for the one worn by my ol' hogger Abe, though!

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Date: 11/19/12 19:26
Re: Runaway Train movie & the Sierra Pacific
Author: icancmp193

dan Wrote:
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> can we watch it?

At one time it was out on YouTube in 4 or 5 segments.

Tom Y



Date: 11/19/12 19:54
Re: Runaway Train movie & the Sierra Pacific
Author: SPDRGWfan

Tried to search the movie on youtube but only found a short 1.x minute clip



Date: 11/19/12 20:20
Re: Runaway Train movie & the Sierra Pacific
Author: ddg

Then Engineer was Ben Johnson. He was pretty good actor, and showed up in a lot of the old westerns.



Date: 11/20/12 06:57
Re: Runaway Train movie & the Sierra Pacific
Author: Tony_Cook

The 1973 movie was made for ABC-TV by Universal. It starred Ben Johnson as "Holly," a Sierra Pacific engineer on his final run. Also in the cast was Martin Milner, Vera Miles, and Ed Nelson. It was directed by David Lowell Rich, who also gave us "The Concorde: Airport '79" (1979, Universal) and "SST: Death Flight" (1977, ABC-TV).

"Runaway" is, as many mentioned, a ridiculous film. But fun to see many, many shots of Rio Grande geeps in the 1970s. The GP30 now residing at the Colorado Railroad Museum is the same one from "Runaway." I think the museum should paint its GP30 into Sierra Pacific colors! :)

This move never seems to come up on TV and to my knowledge has never seen a video release on any format. I have a copy from a broadcast on TV back around 1980.



Date: 11/20/12 07:49
Re: Runaway Train movie & the Sierra Pacific
Author: WAF

Canyon shots were done between T8 and Crescent from a helicopter in the shade which didn't come out oo well in color



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