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Date: 04/10/11 13:59
the wreck of SP 4449
Author: burlingtonjohn

It has been 25 years since a good bud of mine (Bob) and I ventured up to Eagle Mountain to see if we could see 4449 while the filming for 'Tough Guys' was going on. Word on the street was that security was so tight that nobody could get near the engine. We figured what the heck and gave it a shot. Did we get lucky!

Regards,
Burlington John




Date: 04/10/11 14:17
Re: the wreck of SP 4449
Author: HotWater

Cool! Wonder if it's still there.



Date: 04/10/11 15:08
Re: the wreck of SP 4449
Author: burlingtonjohn

HotWater Wrote:
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> Cool! Wonder if it's still there.


I think it was burned on site, but I could be (and usually am) wrong ...

Regards,
Burlington John



Date: 04/10/11 16:00
Re: the wreck of SP 4449
Author: NSDTK

I take it that's a wooden prop?



Date: 04/10/11 16:22
Re: the wreck of SP 4449
Author: burlingtonjohn

NSDTK Wrote:
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> I take it that's a wooden prop?


Yup.

Regards,
Burlington John



Date: 04/10/11 16:22
Re: the wreck of SP 4449
Author: BNSF6400

burlingtonjohn Wrote:
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> HotWater Wrote:
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> > Cool! Wonder if it's still there.
>
>
> I think it was burned on site, but I could be (and
> usually am) wrong ...

Rumor has it that it was purchased and moved to nearby Desert Center by the Ragsdale Family (the own most of what is it the tiny town of Desert Center). If it was, it has since been destroyed or is well hidden because despite my best efforts, I can't find a trace of it.



Date: 04/10/11 16:25
Re: the wreck of SP 4449
Author: HotWater

BNSF6400 is correct. The wood 12" to the foot "model" was supposed to be moved to Desert Center, as the "Old Man", who actually owned Desert Center, purchased it. Whether the move ever took place, I can't speak to.



Date: 04/10/11 18:04
Re: the wreck of SP 4449
Author: Tominde

Can we contract Hollywood to build a J3 Hudson?



Date: 04/10/11 18:07
Re: the wreck of SP 4449
Author: HotWater

Go right ahead, I'm sure they would have enough plywood for THAT!



Date: 04/10/11 19:03
Re: the wreck of SP 4449
Author: 6088

I was fortunate to see the locomotive that actually crashed through the fence and into Mexico!



Date: 04/10/11 19:27
Re: the wreck of SP 4449
Author: F40PHR231

burlingtonjohn Wrote:
> I think it was burned on site, but I could be (and
> usually am) wrong ...


See post from 2002, a photo of the wooden replica in someone's garage: http://www.trainorders.com/discussion/read.php?1,125477

No word on whether it's still around today.



Date: 04/10/11 19:36
Re: the wreck of SP 4449
Author: nycman

Chris , thanks for digging that up. I remembered it but had no idea how to find it. BTW, I posted a copy of your photo of the T shirt we sold at Sherwood in 2006 which featured the recreation of OW Link's famous drive-in photo, over on the Chaski rail forum, and I should have asked for your permission first. That was a great shirt, and Chris credits Daylight Dave for its design. It substituted 4449 for Link's N&W steamer, and the drive-in movie screen had a scene from Tough Guys with Burt Lancaster and Doyle McCormack. I think Doyle's car was in the car consist, too. It was so appropriate for the big car show. I still have mine and love to explain it to any railfan who will listen.



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Date: 04/10/11 21:02
Re: the wreck of SP 4449
Author: rrman6

I remember watching this movie a couple of times and enjoyed. This isn't a bad job for a plywood version. What happened to the model that was built for the action scene crashing into the sand? Does it still exist in someones collection?



Date: 04/10/11 22:25
Re: the wreck of SP 4449
Author: Inthehole

The 1" scale model has not been sold. Still in the family of the builder.



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Date: 04/11/11 22:46
Re: the wreck of SP 4449
Author: miralomarail

I saw this wooden Mockup in a Building in Desert Center along with the ex Kaiser Steel caboose. Easy to see



Date: 04/13/11 06:07
Re: the wreck of SP 4449
Author: steam290

miralomarail Wrote:
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> I saw this wooden Mockup in a Building in Desert
> Center along with the ex Kaiser Steel caboose.
> Easy to see


When did you see it?



Date: 04/14/11 22:24
Re: the wreck of SP 4449
Author: Steamjocky

Inthehole Wrote:
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> The 1" scale model has not been sold. Still in the
> family of the builder.


Do you meaan the guy who started it, or the guy who finished it?

JDE



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