The Movie Railroads


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by: Larry Jensen

Mid showers of sparks, billowing smoke and the thunder of steam exhaust, the noble iron horse surges into view while Hollywood’s eager cameras recapture for audiences ’round the world the excitement and drama of railroading’s Golden Age.

Who can forget those stirring sagas of the shining rails “Union Pacific,” “Dodge City,” “Denver and Rio Grande,” “High Noon,” “How the West Was Won,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sun dance Kid,” and countless others! The Movie Railroads takes you on location to the Sierra Railroad in California’s Mother Lode, to the narrow-gauge lines in Colorado’s Rockies and to the studio back lots, where locomotives of Nevada’s Virginia & Truckee Railroad continued rolling long after the fabled short line was abandoned. Here, in a single absorbing volume, is recounted the landmark films starring the iron horse. It reveals the special tricks, techniques and problems of railroad film production. You’ll meet the actors John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea, Clint Eastwood and a host of others. You’ll go behind the scenes for a look at some of the hair-raising episodes, narrow escapes, and hilarious antecdotes that were part of the great film-making adventures.

Rail and film historian Larry Jensen spent years of research and interviewed scores of railroaders and film industry figures to compile all of the data and photos for this unique book. It includes movie lists, casts, rail equipment rosters, location maps, promotional posters and more – a treasure for every movie fan and rail buff.

Format: Hardcover – Used
Condition: Very Good
Publisher: Darwin’s Publications
Pages: 258
SKU: 92343

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Weight 28 oz
Dimensions 9 × 11 × 0.75 in