Idaho Free Press from Nampa, Idaho on February 5, 1975 · Page 7
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Idaho Free Press from Nampa, Idaho · Page 7

Nampa, Idaho
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Wednesday, February 5, 1975
Page 7
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1880s train Nampa The Idaho Free Press The News-Tribune, Wednesday, February 5,1975--7 NAMPA - The nostalgia craze hil the Nampa railroad roundhouse on Monday with the arrival of a 1907 Baldwin steam engine and Iwo 1880 Union Pacific passenger cars. fhc two cars and the engine made an unexpected stop in Nampa to repair a problem that had developed in one of the wheels on the engine. The destination of the cars is the Camas Prairie in Northern Idaho where they will be used in the'filming of Alistair Maclean's recenl novel, "Break Heart Pass." Charles Bronson will star in Ihe picture. A private company in Denver owns the cars along with two other passenger cars, a caboose and a water car which are still ,m Denver. The firm, GW 75 Company, is owned by Everett L. Rohrer, a retired mechanical engineer, James Arneatl, a physician, and Phil Frisk, a computer programmer. The enterprise is a side venture for all three of them and is "more or lessa hobby" according to Frisk. The .company was formed in 19C5 when the Ihree men decided to purchase Iwo passenger cars from Union Pacific after they had been used in the filming of the movie "Cat Ballou." Since then the company has expanded and now owns a lo!al of six cars and one engine. . The steam engine which the group owns was built in 1907 by Ihe Baldwin Locomotive works in Philadelphia and is valued al approximately $200,000 by the company. The GW 75 Company bought the engine from Great Western Railroad. The passenger cars were purchased from Union Pacific and their value "is hard to determine," Rohrer said. The main job for the cars now is to make movies. They have been used in "The Devil's Brigade, fhe Professionals," "Cal Ballou" and many others. They also have two television credits Mo Iheir name since they were used in a sequence of "The Manhunter" and "Alias Smith and Jones." Whenever the cars are needed for a movie they are tran- s.portcd to the filming location by Union Pacific Railroad and Ihen are used under their own power during the filming. Rohrer and Frisk (ravel with the cars and are experienced in running them. The company also hires two men, Vernor Chitwood and Reynolds Wright, to help with the maintenance of Ihe train. Chitwood has been employed by Union Pacific Railroad for 34 years and takes a leave of absence to travel wilh the GW 75 Company. Wright has worked for the GW 75 Company for !he past two months. The cars have been restored to their original beauty, both inside and out, and are stored in Denver when not in use. JFliey have been opened to the public in Denver and tours [through them are available to anyone interested. | After the filming of "Break Heart Pass" the cars will be transported back to Denver until this summer when they will pgain move across (lie country to make two movies for MGM md Paramount. Coal oil lamp provides light. 1880s passenger and diner cars have been fully restored Texf by Maggi Williams Flower adorns engine headlight Vernon Chitwood, engineer. Photos by Nick Long Everett Rohrer, part owner Phil Frisk, part owner, opens sleeping bunk in passenger car Dining room ornately furnished Paneled hallway leads to parlor Private bedroom contains washbasin

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