A Warner Bros. film by Big Wheel Productions,
LLC. Directed by Joseph Kahn. the
story is set in contemporary Southern California and stars Ice
Cube. Released January, 2004
Stan Garner of The Train Source, Inc. was the Train Coordinator.
The train is featured as part of the climactic ending. It was
shot on the Arizona and California Railway on the Ripley Branch
north of Blythe, CA between the siding at Inca (MP 23) and MP
18.5 (near the former townsite of Midland, CA).. The train was
provided by Monad Railway Equipment, La Mirada, CA
Consist – Principle Train
Locomotive – MREX 97, E8-A, EMD Ser#
11494, Blt. 7/50, ex-Metra #519, ex-C&NW #5022.
Baggage – MREX #3554, Budd. 1957, ex-Amtrak #1068, ex-AT&SF
Slumbercoach – CGOX #4901, Budd, 1956, ex-Amtrak #2021,
ex-CB&Q #4901 Silver Slumber.
10 Dbr-6 Rte Sleeper – PPCX #800162, ex-SP#?, ex-CB&Q
#? Silver Canyon
11 Bedroom Sleeper – MREX #452, Budd, 1952, ex-Amtrak
#2202 Elm Grove, ex-CB&Q #452 Silver Thrush.
18 Seat Parlor, Obs, Lge – , MREX #7128, ex-PC #7128,
ex-PRR #7128 George Washington
Consist – Static Cars
10 Dbr-6 Rte Sleeper – MREX #487,
Budd, 1956, ex-Amtrak #2672, ex-CB&Q #487 Silver Hollow.
6 Sec-6 Rte-4 Dbr Sleeper – MREX #465, Budd, 1952, ex-Amtrak
#2155, ex-CB&Q #465 Silver Tulip.
10 Dbr-6 Rte Sleeper – MREX #2888, Budd, 1949, ex-Amtrak
#2635, ex-UP #1442 Pacific Spray
Transportation to the A&C Ry.
Three cars intended for static use were shipped
via special train move over BNSF from La Mirada to A&C Ry
at Cadiz, CA on Sept 26, 2002. They were taken to Blythe, CA
for special effects to prepped for special stunt work. These
cars were taken to Inca siding (MP 23) on Oct 3, 2002. They were
set up for special stunt work at that location.
The Principle Train was shipped via special
train move over BNSF from La Mirada to A&C Ry at Cadiz, CA
on October 3, 2002. The train left La Mirada as a 4 car train
pulled by BNSF Dash 9-44CW #4564. The fifth car, PPCX 800162
Silver Canyon, was picked up at Barstow, CA. From Cadiz,
CA the train ran under its own power to Blythe, CA to paint and
prep the locomotive for special stunt work.
The Principle Train moved to MP 19 for rehearsal
and filming on Oct. 6, 2002.
Rehearsal & Filming with first and second units took place between MP
18.5 and MP 23 from Oct 6, 2002 to Oct 14, 2002.
Transportation back to La Mirada, CA – All equipment was gathered together at Inca.. The
train shoved backwards to the A&C main line at Rice, CA with
two A&C flat cars. After the train was wyed and the flat
cars were set out it ran engine first to the BNSF at Cadiz, CA.
Departed Cadiz with BNSF Dash9-44CW #4541 the evening of Oct
16 , 2002 and arrived La Mirada, CA the morning of Oct. 17, 2002.
Photos by: STAN GARNER