Best train movie?

 
  Serviceton_Kev Chief Commissioner

Location: Fecking here!

Ok humans...what is your favourite train movie and why. This might help the people with foggy memories

http://www.railserve.com/trainmovies/


 

With me, I like "The Train", "Von Ryan's Express" and "Silver Streak"

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  sparkdriver Assistant Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
Had a look at the link and have not seen most of the movies there. But of the ones i have seen, i like Silver Streak and The Taking Of Pelham 1 2 3  (original version).
  Via City Loop Chief Commissioner


The Lady Vanishes 1938
  Albert Chief Commissioner

Runaway Train
  xxxxlbear Token Booking Clerk

Location: Geelong
My vote goes to Zentropa (Europa),

with special mentions of Speed, Money Train, and Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistle Stop Cafe.
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
An oldie but a goldie. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bc7wWOmEGGY
  qr3900 Chief Commissioner

Location: Gold Coast, QLD
Mine are "Money Train", "The taking of Pelham 123" (Both versions) and "Unstoppable"

I also saw one that was on TV (Channel 9) a while back called "Seconds to Spare" which featured Queensland Rail's Westlander train (I think), allthough it's almost near darn impossible to find a DVD of it in any shops. Anyone else seen it?
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Throw Momma from the train? Smile

Momma: Owen! Food! 
Owen: In a minute, Momma. 
Momma: Don't you "In a minute, Momma" me! Get off your fat little smeg or I'll break it for you! I want two soft boiled eggs, white toast, and some of that grape jelly god damn it! And don't burn the toast! 
Owen: Kill her, Larry.

But seriously.  I think you will go a long way to beat this old classic:

North West Frontier staring Kenneth More as Captain Scott

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053126/

I also like "The Train"

Regards
Brian
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
And it is online!



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sq0lLvH4J9k

I am particularly fond of the scene starting at 19:30

Regards
Brian
  DKM89 Station Master

Location: Blue Mountains

  The Great Locomotive Chase.
  The Polar Express.
  mallows952005 Station Master

Location: Oatley N.S.W.
How about the "Great St Trinians Train Robbery". Filmed on the old British army complex at ?
  Metro Transit Minister for Railways

Location: Error.
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  WayneTedrow Junior Train Controller

"Emperor of the North"
with Ernie Borgnine as the bad guy and Lee Marvin as Mr Good Guy.
Filmed mainly on the Alaska railroad (I think??) it has some great rail sequences in it.
Cheers
  WayneTedrow Junior Train Controller

Not a train movie but probably for one of the best opening/closing sequences the film "Bad Day at Black Rock" is hard to beat.

It has a set of Southern Pacific "black widow" F7's with a passenger train moving through the ranges and the sound track is the sweet sounds of 567B's humming away while the opening and closing titles are shown.
Oh, the film is great too!!

Cheers
  Grantham Minister for Railways

Location: I'm with stupid!
North West Frontier

Best train movie ever.

M
  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
Throw Momma from the train? Smile

Momma: Owen! Food! 
Owen: In a minute, Momma. 
Momma: Don't you "In a minute, Momma" me! Get off your fat little smeg or I'll break it for you! I want two soft boiled eggs, white toast, and some of that grape jelly god damn it! And don't burn the toast! 
Owen: Kill her, Larry.

But seriously.  I think you will go a long way to beat this old classic:

North West Frontier staring Kenneth More as Captain Scott

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053126/

I also like "The Train"

Regards
Brian
"bevans"


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  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
I don't often like whole movies as such, but in terms of scenes that I like, well who could go past the opening of 'Top Secret' the scene on the train roof, the scenes on the platform, the dude running for the train, comedic movie perfection!

Mine are "Money Train", "The taking of Pelham 123" (Both versions) and "Unstoppable"
"qr3900"


I am going to reveal myself as serious movie nerd here, but there are three versions of The Taking of Pelham 123... The 1974 version by Joseph Sargent is the only one worth watching, then in the late 90s Alcala decided to have a crack at it (he sould have stayed with 'ER'), then in 2009 Tony Scott decided that the great movie was not quite yet a corpse and that he'd have a crack at it, for the most part he succeeded!

Which hopefully means we won't see a fourth version, but IF we do I am hoping it will be called 'The Taking of Pelham 1234' which thankfully means at least it will be a different train, in a different location, with a vaguely different story line... But maybe I am hoping for too much!

And as for Unwatchable... Ooops, I mean Unstoppable... No I do mean Unwatchable. (Also by Tony Scott). Going train and movie nerd now, why does an AC4400 sound like and EMD 645?? The SD40 has 3000 horses, not however many is ridiculously claimed in the movie. And clearly the train stops several times during the movie to shunt wagons and pick up formerly lost loads... Then there's the dude that says he 'set the switch minutes ago', but he's walking past the line and switch isn't set. Why all the faffing about getting into the lead locos (which incidentally move the wrong way when braked killing the helicopter dude) when all they really need to do is undo a single brake pipe and drop the pressure? What a way to run a railroad.
  PClark Chief Commissioner


The best train movie ever made is undoubtedly John Frankenheimer’s 1964 “The Train” starring Burt Lancaster and Paul Scofield.


However, the one I enjoy most is Ealing Studios 1953 “The Titfield Thunderbolt”. 

It’s about the residents of an English village who buy and proceed to operate their soon-to-be-closed branch line despite opposition and sabotage from the operators of the private road bus.

What I like about it is it’s kind but accurate send-up of the eccentricities of the more obsessive railfan, notably the Vicar and the Bishop.  Reminds me of quite a few people I have known in over 50 years of interest in railways (and quite a few posters on Railpage too!)

A good laugh and not too long.

  The_trolley Deputy Commissioner

Location: Banned
The best train movie ever made is undoubtedly John Frankenheimer’s 1964 “The Train” starring Burt Lancaster and Paul Scofield.
"PClark"


Thank God someone finally mentioned it!. Personally I cringe at anything that involves railways in film, I mean who wants to watch trains when you can watch zombies being killed but 'The Train' is a genuinely good movie.


  qr3900 Chief Commissioner

Location: Gold Coast, QLD
There are three versions of The Taking of Pelham 123...
"Aaron"


Oops, my bad. I didn't mention the mid 90s version in my post, as it wasn't as good as the original or the 2009 version.
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
Movie "Runaway" from 1973, tourist train coming off the mountains skifields with ice frozen brakes.

After coming to a stop just short of dying, driver cooly gets out (Ben something is actors name), says, nah. Too young to retire
  PClark Chief Commissioner


In March 1965, Brendan Gill, who was then reviewing movies for "The New Yorker", took colleague Rogers E. M. Whitaker (aka E. M. Frimbo, the "World's Greatest Railroad Traveller") to the New York Premier of "The Train" to get his critique.

Whitaker/Frimbo was beside himself with pleasure, enjoying the movie as a sort of celebration of the "locomotive way of life".

Source: "All Aboard with E. M. Frimbo" Andre Deutsch, London, 1975.

 

I’m surprised that nobody has mentioned  Sidney Lumet’s 1974 “Murder on the Orient Express”.

Admittedly the train is stationary (stuck in a snowdrift) for most of the time but the performances of most of the all-stat cast are excellent and the interiors of the Wagons-Lits carriages are wonderful.

The movie is credited with rekindling interest in luxury “cruise trains” including the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and Australia’s ill-fated Great South Pacific Express.

  JGS Well. We'll see about THAT!

Location: Junee NSW
How about The Human Centipede? That has people pretending to be a train! Wink

Cheers,
Matt
  rocky534 Junior Train Controller

Thanks for this - what are great list!
  Barrington Womble Photo Nazi

Location: Banned
Why has nobody mentioned "The Titfield Thunderbolt"?
A brilliant 1950's Eeling production that every rail enthusiast should watch at least once!

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