CVSR Featured in Tom Hanks Movie

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad’s Brecksville station is featured in the recently-released movie A Man Called Otto.

The Tom Hanks film from Sony Pictures Entertainment was released earlier this month and has done well with Midwest older moviegoers.

As reported by The Plain Dealer, the movie tells the story of a Baby Boomer grump played by Hanks, who no longer sees purpose in his life following the loss of his wife.

Most of the movie was filmed in Pittsburgh, but the CVSR is featured in a scene in which Hanks’ son, Truman, playing a younger Otto, boards a train at the Brecksville station.

“Having a Tom Hanks movie filmed in our cars at our railroad and in the [Cuyahoga Valley] national park has been huge for us,” CVSR President Joe Mazur told The Plain Dealer.

The cast also includes former Shaker Heights state legislator and Cuyahoga County Commissioner Peter Lawson Jones, who plays a stroke victim named Reuben.

Mazur said five Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad cars were used during the one-day shoot, with Truman’s scene involving him leaving the station and riding Car 15 car southbound toward Akron.

“Truman was very friendly,” Mazur said. “He took pictures with the volunteers and staff. They were overjoyed by how warm everyone was because it doesn’t always have to be that way.”

The scene was filmed last May 3.  “The folks who really are train buffs loved the fact that a [CVSR] car was in “Otto,’” Mazur said. “There will be people who will want to get on the car just to check it out.”

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One Response to “CVSR Featured in Tom Hanks Movie”

  1. pwwoodring Says:

    About 20 years ago a scene from “The West Wing” was filmed on Ohio Central equipment on one of their lines in Western PA (“Twenty Hours in America” Part I). Several members of the White House staff (played by Bradley Whitford, Richard Schiff and Janel Moloney) missed the campaign motorcade in Indiana and had to find their own way back to DC. I was on an OC photo charter in 2003 and Train Master Denny Varian pointed out the set of seats in the coach they filmed their scene in. It was one of the former CN streamlined, air conditioned cars.

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