A Southern Pacific night train in Glendale, California, by Richard Steinheimer (1950)

A Southern Pacific night train in Glendale, California, by Richard Steinheimer (1950)Here’s a film noir shot if ever I saw one, taking us back to the days when train travel was the rule, rather than the exception. This is a Southern Pacific night train in Glendale taken in 1950 by Richard Steinheimer (who was often called the “Ansel Adams of railroad photography.”) The first thing I thought of when I saw this was the climax of Double Indemnity.

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One Response to A Southern Pacific night train in Glendale, California, by Richard Steinheimer (1950)

  1. Jean Hunter says:

    Boy, Martin, you’re right on the money about this atmospheric shot. Love the movie and the genre. Hollywood needs more movies like this (in my humble opinion) and I do think there is an audience out there for noir. However, since remakes upon remakes and adaptations and just plain crap seems to be the norm nowadays, thank heavens for TCM and my own movie collection!

    Here’s info on DI’s film locations including a pic of the Burbank Station where the train sequence was actually filmed.

    http://dearoldhollywood.blogspot.com/2009/05/double-indemnity-film-locations.html

    Thanks, Martin.

    Jean