New Unpublished Image of NPC's Millwood

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Re: New Unpublished Image of NPC's Millwood

Post by CraigH » Wed Sep 08, 2010 9:49 am

At Rail Fair (SPCRR-Ardenwood) this past weekend Bruce, Kyle & I started talking about an recurring subject of ours again. Basically “Millwood” and the early epic movie “The Iron Horse” (1924), Directed by John Ford.

• What we became curious about were the locomotives and other equipment used in the movie.
• What happened to them, were they leased, sold, abandoned afterwards?
• We also wondered about locations used in the film. Where was the thing shot?

I’ve found a little bit so far but it’s not enough!

So far, some of the locos used include:

• C.P. Huntington, now at C.S.R.M.

• NWP Loco 8: Formerly SF&NP 8 “San Rafael” (Bullet) from the Sonoma Valley Branch.
Baldwin 1881, Builder No. 5485. Retired 1925. Photo in Tiberon 1915. Page 132 Stindt Vol. 1.

• NWP Loco 12: Formerly SF& NP 7 “Petaluma” used on Russian River Freights.
Retired 1926. Possibly Grandt 1878 built. No Builder No. so far. Photo in Tiberon 1914. Page 134 Stindt Vol 1.

• And the business car Millwood. Incidentally, according to Stindt the car was Retired in 1923, the year the movie was shot.

Locations:
The film was not done in Arizona, but mostly in or about Wadsworth, Nevada in the Truckee River canyon East of Sparks/Reno. Ford also used "Beale's Cut" where old CA Highway 14 entered the Newhall area. This was quite close to the Willam S. Hart Ranch, so it would have probably been well known to most directors of that era (this was that very severe "cut" in the mountain. There were also scenes indicative of Chatsworth CA area (at the Northwest end of the San Fernando Valley).

This raises some questions:

• Bruce MacGregor years ago had heard a rumor that Millwood may have survived on a farm on the Eel River in Northern California till 1965…only to be demolished by the massive flood of that year. With the 1923 retirement, why would it have been hauled back after the film? The period between 1923 to the car’s end is all supposition and rumor.

• What other equipment was used on the film? S.P. clearly supplied the bulk.

I was wondering if it would be possible to fine tune the locations for possible visits. Also, knowing this information, might it open a venue to explore new stories about the disposition of “Millwood”…and help us chase her down, and come up with what actually happened to the car.

Thoughts, comments, suggestions???
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Re: New Unpublished Image of NPC's Millwood

Post by CraigH » Thu Sep 09, 2010 8:24 am

Kyle has sent two images for me to post.

Both are stills/promotional shots from the filming of "The Iron Horse", and would have to date from 1923.
300dpiCPHuntington-Millwood-Iron_Horse_Still1-Kyle.jpg
Via Kyle Wyatt (CSRM). Needs source credits.
iron-horse-1.jpg
Madge Bellamy and George O'Brien posing with C.P. Huntington and Millwood. (Courtesy of The Bancroft Library. University of California, Berkeley)
Thanks Kyle!
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