This is based on a true story. During the Civil War, a Union spy, Andrews, is asked to lead a band of Union soldiers into the South so that they could destroy the railway system. However, things don't go as planned when the conductor of the train that they stole is on to them and is doing everything he can to stop them. Written by
A true-life spy story of ultimate suspense. High speed and inconceivable bravery!
Did You Know?
In the film there are 16 raiders. In reality there were actually 20 who participated in the raid. There had initially been 24, but two joined Confederate forces after being stopped on their journey down to Marietta--as Andrews had instructed--and two more simply overslept and missed the train. These four were not depicted in the film, in addition to four others who participated. See more
The switches shown are of the point blade variety which were not used before the 1880's. Thw switches on the Western & Atlantic would have been stub switches in 1862. See more
[the train is about to pull into Big Shanty
James J. Andrews
Have a good breakfast, Mr. Fuller. And don't you worry about any deserters, I'll *take care* of your train.
Sons of Old Aunt Dinah
Lyrics by Lawrence Edward Watkin
Music by Stan Jones See more