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The Great Locomotive Chase (1956) Poster

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The real General, the locomotive stolen in the movie, is on display in Kennesaw, Georgia, at the Kennesaw Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History.
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Only 13 pieces of equipment were actually used: two full-sized locomotives, one yard engine, three passenger cars, two iron boxcars and five wooden boxcars that were built specifically to be destroyed in the film. The various pieces of equipment bore different numbers on different trains throughout the movie.
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It was raining on the day of the real chase (this is simply a deviation from the source material and a fact the filmmakers were likely aware of, which is why this is not listed as a goof).
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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.
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The locomotive used to depict The General in the film (Baltimore and Ohio #25 William Mason) was built around the same time as The General, and had been in service during the Civil War. This is also the same locomotive used as The Wanderer in Wild Wild West (1999).
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The real locomotive "Texas" is on display at the Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Filmed on the Tallulah Falls Railway, which went defunct in the early 1960s.
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Film debut of Morgan Woodward.
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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.
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CASTLE THUNDER: Heard when Andrews first meets his raiding party about ten minutes into the film.
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Could possibly be the first use of a curse word in a Walt Disney film. "Damn Yankees" is said three times, although one of the characters says, "'Damn Yankee' ain't swearing, Mother, and you know it".
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