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Winston Churchill Speaks for Me.

For the pace is hot, and the points are near,
And Sleep hath deadened the driver’s ear;
And signals flash through the night in vain.
Death is in charge of the clattering train!

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  • Griff April 29, 2022, 8:43 PM

    Runaway Train remains an amazing, exciting, thrilling movie.

  • gwbnyc April 29, 2022, 9:16 PM

    Great film, Kurosawa’s script originally. Voight sitting on top of the engine has always stayed with me.

    Some tech if still applicable these days-
    In my younger days I worked for ConRail in the boilermakers craft tearing down and rebuilding locomotives. In the cab there is a pedal, the deadman’s pedal, that must be depressed for the locomotive to operate. It has a small air whistle attached to it that sounds when the engine is running and the pedal is not depressed. Every cab I was in had a loose (and illegal) coupler knuckle on the floor to place on the pedal so the engineer didn’t have to keep his foot on it.

    Too, if a brake hose is cut or leaks (a pressure drop) the brakes go on. I recall an incident that took place in Arizona c.1978 where an unmanned train was stopped by a railroad employee chasing it with his truck and holing a brake hose with a shotgun, that then causing the brakes to apply.

    • Vanderleun April 30, 2022, 8:16 AM

      The Voight image has always stayed with me as well. Can’t shake it as an emblem of the damned human race.

    • The Duke of New York May 1, 2022, 1:31 PM

      An overlooked movie and one of John Voight’s best parts

      “You’re a monster”
      “No, worse,…human”

  • Foo April 29, 2022, 11:10 PM
  • Hoss April 30, 2022, 7:39 AM

    A great movie.

  • Casey Klahn April 30, 2022, 9:20 AM

    Now that movie is on my to watch list.

    Survival: Don’t get down in the mouth, and never give up. Churchill said that, too.

    • gwbnyc April 30, 2022, 2:25 PM

      worth the admission for the interior of the prison alone.
      another part of the film that stays with me.

    • Diane de P April 30, 2022, 9:52 PM

      Off subject, but I just realized you’re the one doing the paintings on this site that I love so much. Wunderbar!

  • David Foster May 1, 2022, 8:21 PM