- In the opening sequence, the parade of major artists' names stenciled on packing crates -- GAUGUIN, RENOIR, VAN GOGH, MANET, PICASSO, DEGAS, MIRO, CEZANNE, MATISSE, BRAQUE, SEURAT, UTRILLO -- is immediately followed by the director's credit for John Frankenheimer.
- - Frankenheimer said of this film, "I wanted all the realism possible. There are no tricks in this film. When trains crash together, they are real trains. There is no substitute for that kind of reality."
- The engine that crashes into a derailed engine was moving at nearly 60 mph. The crash was staged in the town of Acquigny, with extensive safety precautions and special insurance. Only one take was possible, and seven cameras were used.
- The engine that we see from track level as it's derailed was moving faster than intended. Three of the five cameras filming the derailment were smashed.
- The engines and tanks required for some scenes made so much noise that "action" and "cut" were signaled by codes on the engines' whistles.
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