Buster Keaton Avec American Flyer...

Mr. Mitch,

Please don't be giving Lionel any input for another one of their "once every decade or so", far fetched, off-beat, additional product ideas, such as blue & orange spandex thong beachwear for aging model railroaders!  




2 Rails?  3 Rails?  Doesn't matter, I can't count that high anyway.

I love the smell of fresh-brewed creosote first thing in the morning.

colorado hirailer posted:

I like the second train pictures better...wonder what loco that is, on what railroad?... doesn't look like a movie prop creation..


Well there's lots to look up about "The General" but if you go to the 15th post on this page maybe you'll get some good info.

Here's the train wreck scene from the 1926 film "The General"...


Watch the movie "The General" if you haven't already -- or again if you have.  Classic, timeless, brave, and unique stunt work by the great BK.  A simple YouTube search of "the general buster keaton" will turn up results from which you can watch the entire film or some of the most famous segments.  I just watched the 4 minute snippet of him clearing the tracks -- still delightful and amazing.  

Oh, where's the S connection -- wish the AF 4-4-0 had been scale -- like you haven't heard that before.  


S happens


x-Chief Wrench & Bottle-washer of Precision Flyer Repairs 

I remember seeing this photo a while ago, probably in Classic toy Trains.   If I remember correctly, Buster was a Gilbert fan and had an outdoor layout at his home in California.  The photo was taken when he was more advanced in years than his silent (skinny) movie days.  He died in 1966 at the age of 71 of lung cancer.  Give the guy a break!




I know you meant no disrespect to BK.  He's been in entertainment since he was 7 years old on the vaudeville stage with his parents.  He was in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World with some of Hollywood's funniest comedians and comedic actors in 1963.  His last film was A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.  He also did most of, if not all, of his own stunts, even up to his last film.  One of my favorite roles he had was on a 1961 episode of The Twilight Zone when he was 66.

One of the early pioneers in film.  And a Flyer fan to boot! 





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  Buster IS railroad on film for me. Nobody else compares.

   He probably HOPED he'd be laughed at for this shot and did it with enthusiasm.   

Ah ha!  I got half you's now ... Wait till  pose 

  There is also a much later, color but silent, short film with him on a putt-putt rail-speeder. I think the way it pans out, he more or less "crosses the continent" on it, doing all kinds of oddball "daily life" things along the way, never stopping. I think it was on CN maybe.  I like that one a lot.  ( Time to hit YT )

"Still trying to not shoot my eye out"


"Nursing insomnia one railcar at a time"

My aroma therapy? Smoke Pellets.


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