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A runaway train carrying a cargo of toxic chemicals puts an engineer and his conductor in a race against time. They're chasing the runaway train in a separate locomotive and need to bring it under control before it derails on a curve and causes a toxic spill that will decimate a town. Written by
The locomotives used in the movie were leased General Electric AC4400CWs from Canadian Pacific (4 units) and EMD SD40-2s from the Wheeling and Lake Erie dressed up as the fictional Allegheny West Virginia Railroad. See more »
Several references are made to the locomotives being limited in what they can do due to the unit moving in reverse. The electric drive motors they use do not have a concept of forward or reverse like the common car does. The engine works just the same in either direction.
The locomotives in this film are equipped to operate short hood first in normal operation. (Some railroads normally operate their hood units long hood first.) The problem with running in reverse at high speeds isn't so much with the locomotive's capabilities, but with the fact that the cab and controls are set up for operation in the other direction, and that the view toward the rear (past the long hood) may not be as good as that in one designed to operate short hood first, meaning that the engineer may not see obstacles or emergency circumstances ahead in time - or at all..
It would be similar to driving a car at fifty miles per hour in reverse, looking over your shoulder, with a large package in the back seat blocking the center third of the view behind (in front of) the car. See more »
I had sweaty palms and never took a full breath all the way to the end once the action started, which was pretty near the beginning. From my perspective this is the best "train" movie since Runaway Train with Jon Voight, Eric Roberts and Rebecca DeMornay. Denzel Washington was excellent as was Chris Pine and Rosario Dawson. The special effects were incredible. Usually, these days, you can say, "Oh, that was just CG." But if it was, in this case they did one heck of a job. It is definitely worth seeing this movie on the big screen in a theater to really appreciate everything that is going on between the trains, trucks and choppers. The fact that it based on real events makes it all the more incredible.
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