A veteran of over 250 films, engineer and train coordinator, Jim Clark, known as "The Train Man", will give a short history of trains in Western movies and explain the technical challenges of working with trains. His association with some of the biggest train films and stars in Hollywood ("The Lone Ranger", "Wild, Wild, West", "Under Siege Two", "Fast and the Furious", "Water For Elephants" and "Into The West") coupled with Q&A, plus film clips of two dozen action sequences, will leave you breathless!
"The producers of the movie Wild, Wild West were looking for some trains. Not just any trains. One had to look like a post-Civil War locomotive hauling a special car for special agents Jim West and Artemus Gordon (hoo-rah!). The other engine—manipulated by the evil genius Dr. Arliss Loveless (hssssss!)—needed to somewhat resemble a huge combat tank. But producers are Hollywood types, and they generally don’t know anything about railroad equipment. So the movie makers called in the “Train Man.” Enter Jim Clark.
He told them how to bring rough drawings to life. He found the locomotives and the train cars. Clark showed them how to run the equipment (he did most of the work himself). He helped design the train stunts. And he oversaw all the railroad aspects of the flick.
Okay, so the film derailed. At least the trains were great. Thanks to the Train Man.
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