March 20, 2018, Vol. 24, No. 14

Lone Ranger Railroad vs. Buster Keaton

While the clip of making the Lone Ranger railroad is fascinating, their claim to the best locomotive chase doesn’t ring true… watch “The General” made in 1926 by the great Buster Keaton. The locomotives are real ( albeit backdated from 1920’s build dates to look more like Civil War-era engines ), the stunts are real …… no safety wires, no CGI, and the bridge ? Absolutely real….. the most expensive single shot in film making to that point. Having worked with steam locomotives daily for the last 25 years, it gives me an even greater appreciation of the skill and daring Keaton had to make this film.

Tom Fisher