American Freight Film. Unstoppable

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  1. chieflongshin

    chieflongshin Well-Known Member

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    Not sure if anyone has ever seen this. I’ve stumbled across it today but seems ok so far. It’s hidden on Disney plus.

     
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    chieflongshin Well-Known Member

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    Here’s a little bit about the incident that inspired the film. It’s a little creative in places but some really good footage and Denzel Washington doesn’t disappoint.
    Films a bit like me on sand patch at times.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CSX_8888_incident

    TrainSim-Matt do we have 8888 in game ? :D
     
  3. Calidore266

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    It's an enjoyable movie. It's also a Tony Scott movie, so expect some ridiculousness of both the bad (a fatal accident early on that couldn't happen as shown) and good (a stunt near the end that's equally impossible, but all in good fun) kinds.

    Also, the runaway engine is of course an AC4400CW, while those sent to stop it are SD40-2s, making this a classic underdog battle.
     
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    chieflongshin Well-Known Member

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    I actually enjoyed it. I did a little digging after to see the artistic license but it made me watch . I sometimes say we should have more interesting scenarios. Maybe this one needs creating in sand patch as a quirky one :cool:
     
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    I saw that movie on the premiere.
    I believe its one of the best about trains made by Hollywood.
    Of course there are lot of not so real "issues" .

    Even the "runway" moment, could be easily stopped from the beginning, in the real world.
    Or even after that on several situations.
    But of course it is a movie, so it has to be entertaining for at least one and half hour, and have a happy ending.

    There is a long time now - 10 years - without a new train movie.
     
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    Watched it in the cinema when it came out, it's a great film.
     
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    I think the bit that I picked up in was when Denzel ran the train into the other track and the runaway clipped the last metal wagon it appeared to explode into wooden pieces.
    I did think the raised railroad at Stanton looked really smart though. There was som really good camera shots.

    id be intrigued to know what happened to matey that decided to hop out his train on notch 8 :D
     
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    I thought the movie was fine, a bit too Hollywood in some parts in my opinion. Just the whole scene of the SD40-2s trying to stop the train, some guy crashing through the windows of 767, and the SD40-2s derailing in a siding causing an unbelievably large explosion while the runaway continues on the mainline completely fine, it was a bit much for me. But what I really liked from the movie was the trains themselves. I personally really like the designs of the AWVR trains, having a nice variety of colors, and the black and yellow stripes at the front.
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    Most of the AC4400CWs used in the movies kept the black and white stripes on their plows after being returned to Canadian Pacific, which I thought was pretty cool. I wonder how many of them still have that.
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    chieflongshin Well-Known Member

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    How did I miss this as a 4 year old. My parents were traumatising me with ghostbusters instead :D
     
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    Definitively!
    I even saw it in a Cinema, and it was great!
    The final scene is epic
     
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    Runaway Train is tremendous, but putting Tony Scott up against an Andrei Konchalovsky/Akira Kurosawa team-up is just unfair.

    Another great one for train action: John Frankenheimer's The Train (1964) starring Burt Lancaster.
     
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    As to Unstoppable the SD40 main used it had this blue and yellow paint scheme:

    awvr-unstoppable-movie-custom-decals_1_3f1fe9ca43ca0b3676c58a447538ed00.jpg

    When I saw the movie, that payed my attention due to some kind of "similarity" of the locomotive scheme compared with the one of the locomotives in my country:


    GE_C18-7i_2002.JPG

    What do you think?
    Please notice that paint scheme was defined in 1993, when those locomotives where purchased brand new.
    So far before the movie!.

    That is a GE C-18 7i model.
    They were built in Canada's GE factory at that time.
    But there is a very interesting fact: those were the last locomotives built there!
    The factory unfortunately was closed after it!
     
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