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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Passenger Cars In Unstoppable Movie Came From Ohio

Trains featured in movie starring Denzel Washington
The Daily Record.com


Staff Writer

ORRVILLE, OH -- There are a couple movie stars sitting in Orrville. As a matter of fact, they're sitting on a siding at the east edge of the city, a scant block from Main Street.

They are two railroad cars that will be appearing in the new big-screen movie titled "Unstoppable," starring Denzel Washington. The movie's plot focuses on a runaway freight train that is on a collision course with a passenger train loaded with youngsters getting a lesson in railroad safety.

The 52-passenger railroad cars are owned by the Orrville Railroad Heritage Society as part of its permanent fleet of rolling stock and are used in rail excursions the longtime organization offers throughout the year. They were leased to the Hollywood production company last year for several days of filming that took place in Pennsylvania and New York State.

The stainless steel body passenger cars -- numbers 103 and 104 in the society's inventory -- were built by the Philadelphia-based Budd Manufacturing Company. No. 104 was originally constructed for the Atlantic Coast Line, and No. 103 was built for the Santa Fe Railroad.

Today car No. 104 carries the nameplate "City of Orrville" in honor of the work that went into the restoration of the city's historic Union Depot built by the Pennsylvania Railroad.

Roger Scott, activities director for the ORHS, said that Glenn Bowman, a past president and member of the organization who has close ties to the railroad passenger car logistics industry, was contacted last year by location scouts about a film production company being in need of passenger cars like the ones the society owns.

As a result, the two train cars were transported in the summer of 2009 to the town of Eldred, Pa., where much of the filming was done on a track between there and New York State. Filming took place along a 30-mile stretch of track owned by the Western N.Y. and Pennsylvania Railroad that also involved the towns of Portville and Olean, N.Y. More...

1 comment :

Tom said...

Harding doesn't know it but the STARS of the movie around here were the children. 4 th grade from Otto-Eldred elem.Awesome