Four! Count ’em, FOUR steam locomotives star in today’s movie review. Just to whet your appetite, the four steamers are:
- Sierra Railroad #3, an 1891 Rogers-built 4-6-0.
- Sierra Railroad #28, a 1922 Baldwin-built 2-8-0.
- Sierra Railroad #34, a 1925 Baldwin-built 2-8-2.
- McCloud River Railroad #25, a 1925 Alco-built 2-6-2.
Today’s feature is a 1930’s biography of folk singer Woody Guthrie (played by David Carradine). Filmmakers really went all-out, pulling 34 obsolete freight cars out of a scrap line and painting over most railroad identification marks.
Train scenes were filmed along the Western Pacific, Tidewater Southern and Sierra Railroads. Let’s jump right in and enjoy THIS TRAIN-laden bio pic.
Electric traction also made a brief appearance in this flick. Woody/David is about to step off Pacific Electric #1058 in Los Angeles on his way to the studio. With a trolley pole reaching for wires that aren’t there, this Red Car had to rely on an internal-combustion engine of some sort.Continue reading