Hollywood and the Eureka

December 14, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

In 1938 the Sierra Nevada Wood and Lumber co sold the Eureka to Hollywood interests after serving that railroad since 1896.  Warner Brothers studio purchased the engine from a scrap dealer and used the old engine in such movies as Torrid Zone, Cheyenne Autumn, and The Great Train Robbery; her last film was The Shootist (1976). In 1978 the Eureka was a part of the rebuilding of a similar engine Sonoma at the California Railroad Museum.  In 1978 the Eureka was sold to Old Las Vegas, an amusement park where she remained until a fire nearly sent her to the scrap yard, eleven years after her 100th birthday.

Bibliography:

International Movie Data Base

Wikipedia

Sagebrush Headlight, Vol 26, No.4

 


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