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« : August 18, 2006, 05:09:57 PM »

Just noticed that when Mortimer looks out of the train window to see whether  he is near arriving at Tucumcari all you can see is one small hut and miles of desert..so where is Tucumcari?

Its not on the other side of the train, you can see through the train in the station


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« #1 : August 18, 2006, 05:21:27 PM »

Good point. My only guess is that its just the train station. It is at a distance so maybe a train station and a few other buildings.

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« #2 : August 18, 2006, 07:58:20 PM »

A siding perhaps, during the construction of a rr they build a siding every few miles all sidings are given names some eventually become stations then towns and onward.

Tucumcari is a real town in New Mexico,  near Ft. Bascomb, and Tucumcari Creek.



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« #3 : August 18, 2006, 08:36:27 PM »

A siding perhaps, during the construction of a rr they build a siding every few miles all sidings are given names some eventually become stations then towns and onward.

Tucumcari is a real town in New Mexico,  near Ft. Bascomb, and Tucumcari Creek.



Good point Cigar Joe.

But Iceman was asking what happened to Tucumcari in the film. It's a goof.

When Mortimer sticks his head out of the window you can see the small depot in the distance...but no town.


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« #4 : August 19, 2006, 04:40:18 AM »

"This train doesn't stop at Tucumcari" Remember that line.

If you check out the old NM maps before 1873 there was no Tucumcari, but there was a Ft. Bascomb in the vicinity and there were various large ranches in the valley along the Canadian River and there was a Tucumcari Creek. The Town of Tucumcari was probably originally a collection of parasite businesses praying on the fort and depending also upon the local ranches in the vicinity. They probably built the town before any idea of a railroad withoutt any forethought as to where its route may go through. So the town may have been built up on a bluff or on high ground The RR came along the easier route following the river and true to fashion built sidings and water & fule stops and probably one at Tucumcari, but the station itself and its location may have been a mile or two fron the actual town.

Its not unusual out West.

Pair o' Dice, Montana now know as Paradise was at the foot of the hills on the plain above the river and the Norther Pacific built the RR & station long the Clark's Fork River almost out of site of the town.

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« #5 : August 19, 2006, 08:25:59 AM »

So the buildings LVC sees is just a siding and the town is maybe a mile away.

But the train "doesn't stop at Tucumcari" it goes to the siding... Ok I get it.

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« #6 : August 19, 2006, 09:21:44 AM »

But the train "doesn't stop at Tucumcari" it goes to the siding... Ok I get it.

That's a logical explanation.

A lot of western towns sort of grew or expanded towards their stations, much like today where the old downtowns of American towns get abandoned for the new strips and malls along the Interstate exits.


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« #7 : August 19, 2006, 10:12:00 AM »

much like today where the old downtowns of American towns get abandoned for the new strips and malls along the Interstate exits.

From the Union Pacific to Walmart!  ;D


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« #8 : August 19, 2006, 02:22:01 PM »

I've been to the real Tucumcari. It was before I saw FAFDM, so I didn't get to giggle to myself thinking of that scene while there.



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« #9 : August 19, 2006, 02:25:27 PM »

But the train "doesn't stop at Tucumcari" it goes to the siding... Ok I get it.

That's a logical explanation.

A lot of western towns sort of grew or expanded towards their stations, much like today where the old downtowns of American towns get abandoned for the new strips and malls along the Interstate exits.

Flagstone was being built around the station in OUATITW wasn't it..

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« #10 : August 19, 2006, 03:16:47 PM »

Right a lot of times they'd even move the town to the station if they could and had the space.


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« #11 : August 21, 2006, 03:58:20 PM »

and of course it could be vice versa too,  the tracks were along the plain and the town was bown in the river bottom.....


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« #12 : August 21, 2006, 05:50:48 PM »

I stayed overnight in the real Tucumcari, NM in 1994 traveling from AZ to Iowa.  Ate at the local hotspot Pizza Hut, swam with the kids in the motel pool, missed the Billy the Kid festival by a few weeks....

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« #13 : August 21, 2006, 05:55:04 PM »

I stayed overnight in the real Tucumcari, NM in 1994 traveling from AZ to Iowa.  Ate at the local hotspot Pizza Hut, swam with the kids in the motel pool, missed the Billy the Kid festival by a few weeks....


That wouldnt happen to be july of 1994 would it?




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« #14 : August 22, 2006, 05:34:31 PM »

Believe it was July 1994, or possibly the end of June 1994.  We were headed to Iowa for wife's HS reunion.

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