Large Scale Models

To shoot a film this size and bring the action to life we will be using large-scale models and a mix of digital effects. The two main models that have been built include a replica large “G-Scale” model of Train #5, The Pacific Express and 15 ½ foot steel and stone detailed replica of the Ashtabula Bridge itself.

 

About the Models:

One of our film's sponsors, Mainline Bridges in Phoenix, AZ is the company that built the model of the Ashtabula Bridge. It took model builder, Damian Cavasos, one year to handcraft every detail, using photos and drawings from the mid 19th century to compete it. After the bridge was complete, it was shipped via semi truck to Bloomfield, OH, which is the location for the outdoor film set where a replica of the Ashtabula Gorge is being constructed. Mainline Bridges donated their labor for the construction while grant funds were used to buy the supplies needed for construction. The total cost of the bridge was approximately $10,000.

 

The train was donated by another sponsor Bachmann Spectrum Model Railroad Co. and then shipped to Florida for model painter Jim Manzone to paint in the colors of the Pacific Express, to match the real train cars we are filming in Strasburg, PA. The train was then shipped to QSI Solutions in Vermont, to have the realistic sound and action boards added to the train. The current value of the model train is approximately $5,000.

Gallery

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Bridge With Train 2
Bridge With Train 2
Abutment Frame Being Welded
Abutment Frame Being Welded
Stone Tile Used As Sandstone
Stone Tile Used As Sandstone
Abutments Being Welded 2
Abutments Being Welded 2
Abutment Welding Completed
Abutment Welding Completed
Side of One Abutment
Side of One Abutment
Tile Brick In Process
Tile Brick In Process
Brick Under Abutment
Brick Under Abutment
Abutments Almost Done
Abutments Almost Done
Iron Bridge Fabrication
Iron Bridge Fabrication
Iron Bridge Fabrication 2
Iron Bridge Fabrication 2
Inside Look At Bridge Structure
Inside Look At Bridge Structure
Wooded Deck On Top
Wooded Deck On Top
Bridge Outside
Bridge Outside

Close up of the bridge outside.

Big Bridge
Big Bridge

Many people are shocked to see how big this model is when they first see it. However, larger detailed models film really well and can be make to look real in the right setting.

Double Tracks On Top
Double Tracks On Top

Note: We have stone ballast that will cover the steel you see under the tracks, so it will look like it would have in real life.

Model Train On Top
Model Train On Top

Double tracks will have stone ballast that will cover the steel you see under the tracks, so it will look like it would have in real life.

Close Up of Bridge 1
Close Up of Bridge 1

Notice the detail amd the craftsmanship of this bridge with the small iron I-beams and the wooden upper deck. It even has slight rust to give it age.

Bridge With Train
Bridge With Train
The Bridge and Train
The Bridge and Train
The Columbia Engine
The Columbia Engine
Tender of the Columbia
Tender of the Columbia
The Socrates Engine
The Socrates Engine

Note: At the time of painting we did not have the number for the Socrates Engine. Now we do, so this number must be changed to the right number.

Jim Manzone at Work
Jim Manzone at Work
Car Taken Apart
Car Taken Apart
Jim Manzone Working
Jim Manzone Working
Car Painting Process
Car Painting Process
Taking Apart the Tender
Taking Apart the Tender
Painted Car
Painted Car
Yokohama Car
Yokohama Car
Osceo Car
Osceo Car

Last car on the train.

Back of Osceo Car
Back of Osceo Car