Curiously, today's Train of Thought highlights a railroad that doesn't even exist.
Railpictures.net member BurghMan caught this train headed up by Alleghany & West Virginia SD40-2 #7346 and five other A&WV units heading westbound over the Buffalo and Pittsburgh line at Evans City, PA.
The thing is, there's no such railroad as the Alleghany & West Virginia. The locomotives and rolling stock were repainted for the fictitous railway to be used in the filming of Unstoppable, reportedly starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pine and Rosario Dawson due out in Fall 2010. Here, the 7346 is seen shuttling other locomotives and equipment between filming locations.
For awhile, Hollywood's been batting .000 when it comes to movies concerning trains (Atomic Train or Under Siege 2: Dark Territory anyone?). The plot sounds pretty familiar; runaway train, volatile/toxic chemicals, etc. etc. I'm only somewhat reassured that this project is directed by Tony Scott (True Romance, Crimson Tide, Enemy of the State), so we'll see.
Filming began in August in Pennsylvania and western New York State. Reportedly the movie was inspired in part by this May 2001 incident in Ohio.