FILM, EXCURSION AND PAGEANT OPERATIONS


1967-
1976

Alta Loma, California

Started private operation on 1/2 mile of leased Santa Fe Spur Line. Moved Locomotive No. 1 to Pomona Antiques and Collectors Festival, L.A. County Fairgrounds, Pomona, Calif. for a four day exhibit. Started relationship with the film industry. Filmed Sandburg's Lincoln at Alta Loma and Perris, California.

1976

Virginia and Truckee Railroad, Virginia City, Nevada

Provided Locomotive No. 8, two excursion cars, Passenger Caboose No. 10 and Railbus No. 50 "Washoe Zephyr" to the newly started V & T R R tourist operation.

1976-
1985

Sierra Railroad and California State Railroad Museum

Moved collection to the Sierra Railroad, Jamestown, California to expand film and excursion opportunities. Engaged as film location agent for the Sierra Railroad. Utilized equipment in several films and a special excursions. Moved Locomotive No. 8 to Sacramento in 1981 to participate in Railfair Sacramento celebrating the opening of the California State Railroad Museum. Participated in Railfair II in 1982. While No. 8 was at Sacramento we filmed Chattanooga Choo Choo and then moved it to Deer Lodge, Montana to participate in a week long celebration of the Centennial of the Last Spike on the Northern Pacific Railroad. No. 8 was returned to the Sierra Railroad for further film and excursion work in 1985.

1983 

Northern Pacific Railroad Centennial - Deer Lodge, Montana

Dressed SLE Locomotive No.8 as Northern Pacific Railroad Last Spike Locomotive for centennial celebration of Last Spike Ceremony staged at Deer Lodge, Montana. Moved No 8 to Deer Lodge from CSRM, Sacramneto, CA and returned. locomotive operated under steam for week of celebrations.

1985-
1990

Newhall Ranch Movie Train - Valencia, California

Acquired contemporary locomotives and cars to pursue film business in Southern California per business plan. Operation had approximately 4 miles of track, a 200 foot pin connected truss bridge, and a short wooden trestle. Yard trackage was added. More than 70 films, television series, commercials and music videos were shot on this location. Special dinner/party trains were also been operated.

1985

Palace Station Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada

Moved Nevada State Railroad Museum Locomotive No. 22 to Las Vegas for Grand Opening of Palace Station Casino, Locomotive was set up on track and kept under steam for the celebration.

1986

Expo 86 - Vancouver, BC

Moved Nevada State Railroad Museum Locomotive No. 22 and Passenger Caboose No. 9 to Vancouver, BC to participate in Steam Expo, a special event of Expo 86. Locomotive was under steam for 12 days and pulled Caboose 9 in the Grand Parade.

1990-
1997

Santa Paula Branch

Moved Newhall Ranch Movie Train operations to SP's Santa Paula Branch first at Piru then in 1991 at Fillmore. Expanded collection and made 170 films, TV episodes, commercials and other productions on and off the branch.

1997-
Present

Various

Train coordinator for Coen Bros. Feature film O Brother Where Art Thou? Filmed on Columbus & Greenville RR near Greenville, Mississippi.

December 2010, Pony Express travelled from Winslow, Arizona to Washington DC to participate in the Liberty Limited, a special train of Private Cars that took Wounded warriors from Walter Reed and Bethesda hospitals to Philadelphia for the Army-Navy Game. a most humbling experience.


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