1935 Film Featuring Original PCRy

The 1935 motion picture Diamond Jim featured scenes shot on the original Pacific Coast Railway, which ran from San Luis Obispo in the north to Avila/Port San Luis and Los Olivos in the south. PCRy Nos. 106 and 110, both Consolidations, are featured. Here is a clip from YouTube showing a staged collision to test the durability of the “first steel passenger coach,” filmed near what is now the city corporation yard south of Prado Road in San Luis Obispo. In actuality, the “steel” coach is a PCRy wooden coach (103) masqueraded with fiberboard and fake rivets. The wrecked wooden coach (101) had been structurally weakened for the wreck while the 103 was anchored to the rails.

The diamond stacks and square headlights on the locomotives are also, of course, fake. No. 106 was destroyed three years later after being hit broadside by a gasoline truck and consumed by the resulting fire.

Info – Phil Reader, Dennis Thurman


~ by pcrailroad on March 19, 2008.

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