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?
William Campbell is depicted in the film as a Union soldier. In actuality, Campbell was the only civilian beside Andrews to participate in the raid; his character in the film is also quite different than his real-life character. See more
The engine representing the Texas is of 1870s vintage and is equipped with a Westinghouse air brake, which was not invented until 1872 and not in common use until the 1880s. See more
What do we tell the Johnny Rebs when they ask who we are and where we're from?
James J. Andrews
Tell them you're Kentuckians escaping the rule of the Yankees to join a Southern Regiment. If they press you closely, tell 'em you hail from Fleming County, Kentucky. I'm from Flemingsburg myself. No man from that county has ever joined the Southern army... As for you, Mr. Buffum, it might be wiser if you didn't speak at all. I never met a Kentuckian so plainly from Massachusetts.
Pappy Was A Railroad Man
Performed by Fess Parker
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