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O Brother Where Art Thou?

Written and produced by Ethan and Joel
(Fargo, Raising Arizona, The
Big Lebowski + +) and directed by Joel Coen. The story is set
in 1937 Mississippi and stars George Clooney, Holly Hunter, John
Goodman. John Turturro, Tim Blake Miller, Lee Weaver, Wayne Duvall,
Charles Durning and others. It was released in the Fall of 2000
to rave reviews.

The cast & crew screening was held at the Writer’
Guild Theatre on the evening of Friday, June 23, 2000. We all
enjoyed a screening of the film followed by a party to celebrate
its uproarious success. Everyone deserves kudos for a job well
done. It’s a real priveledge to work on a film like this.

Stan Garner of The Train Source, Inc. was the Train Coordinator.

The train is featured in the opening sequence. It was shot on
the Columbus & Greenville Railway near Leland, MS and consists
of Dardanelle & Russellville Railroad Locomotive #4 from
North Dardanelle, Arkansas (Baldwin 2-6-2 built in 1913, W.T.
Carter & Brother #4, Reader RR #4). The stock car (CB&Q),
tank car (Superior Oil) and outside braced box car (NP) came
from the Texas State Railroad at Rusk Texas. The hopper car,
steel box car and flat car are from the C&G Railway and the
wood caboose is from the Reader Railroad at Reader, Arkansas.
Everything, except the C&G equipment, was brought to the
C&G at Greenville, MS by truck.

The locomotive, hero box car and caboose are lettered for the
historic Yazoo & Mississippi Valley Railroad, also known
as “The Yellow Dog” (Yellow Dog Blues, W.C.Handy). The last line of
the song goes “… he’s gone where the Southern cross the
Yellow Dog.” That’s at Morehead, MS about 20 miles east
of the film location on the C&G (Southern). The diamond is
still there.


The hand car sequence shown was filmed on
the Kansas City Southerns’ Shreveport, LA to Jackson, MS main
at Edwards, MS. The hand car is now owned by The Train Source,

Photos by: STAN GARNER



Tank car is set on C&G rails at Greenville,
MS. June 1999
Hero box car being lettered for Yazoo & Mississippi
Valley Railroad. Present day C&G uses original Y&MV (IC)
track and depot in Greenville.

Locomotive #4 being unloaded at Greenville.
June 1999
Train arrives at Stoneville, MS. Junction of
the old Y&MV (IC) and the C&G The train is on the old
Y&MV, now the C&G main to Greenville. The original C&G
main crosses in the foreground.
 Wednesday, June 30, 1999
The O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU? Movie Train highballs toward the
set at milepost 155 on the Columbus & Greenville Railway
near Leland, MS.
It’s a take as the train rolls through
a Mississippi cottonfield
 Kansas City Southern, Freight
passes location at Edwards, MS. July 8, 1999
Actor Lee Weaver prepares for scene with Hand
Car, Edwards, MS, July 8, 1999.The hand car is now owned by The Train Source, Inc.