Just as trains played a role in our Nation's history, so too have they played a starring role in the film industry. Stop in and see our new section fully dedicated to trains in Hollywood and even watch clips from some of your favorite train movies!
In our research and interviews leading into the Museum’s railroad films and TV programs exhibit we are locating some classic images! This image from the collection of Johnny One Feather captures re-enactor Jerry Root of Rapid City, Black Hills Central’s number 7, and Custer’s wooden depot during filming of the CBS movie “Orphan Train” in 1979. Keep watching our web site and newsletter for updates on the Film/TV exhibit at the SDSRM.
James Arness, who presided over the frontier town of Dodge City as television’s most enduring western hero, the laconic, fair-minded and incorruptible Marshal Matt Dillon of the two-decade-long series “Gunsmoke,” died June 3 at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 88. Arness and the crew of Gunsmoke filmed the memorable two-part episode titled Snow Train featuring the 1880 TRAIN in the Black Hills in March of 1970.
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