Traction Engine Movie


| July/August 1971



Ste 803, 777 Cardero St., Vancouver 5, B. C, Canada

How many readers of the Iron-Men Album, or their engine-friend enthusiasts would like to see a movie in a theatre in which an old steam traction engine played a prominent role?

It would seem to me that this would rate as being a very stupid question and that the response would be almost unanimous 'We all would.' Since such an opportunity does not occur frequently this article will be notice to you that in the near future a new movie by Warner Bros. Studio will be going to the theatres and I believe the title of this film has finally been decided on and will be John McCabe.

Here on the Pacific Northwest coast the film first got considerable publicity under the title The Presbyterian Church and similar names, then for various reasons and I believe for the better, since the film does not indicate too much respect for the church, John McCabe is presently its title.

The story behind the film is a Western mining village at about the turn of the century, wherein all activities are under the most primitive and difficult conditions and being remote from all supply the camp thereby lacks most all progress. However it was not too remote to be free of the usual gamblers, chief of whom was John McCabe. His business was seriously handicapped due to lack of suitable quarters and when he teamed up with the lady of fortune and his choice there at the time, they decided to build premises which would adapt to their underworld.

Lumber was the most necessary commodity but the only manner in which it could be obtained would be to bring in a portable sawmill. Well, now the suspense is broken and you can prepare to view the film when it comes to your neighborhood. A Case 80 hp. engine no. 26,616 was brought in from Alberta by the owner of a local sawmill and these are first shown on the film while entering the village on the mountain winding trail and passing the church and down thru main street to the sawmill site. The sawmill was erected there and a nice roof built over it and considerable logs were sawed into lumber from time to time, partly to get things in proper adjustment and partly for demonstrations, or maybe just to keep warm.