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Unstoppable

Unstoppable is a 2010 American action thriller film directed and produced by Tony Scott and starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pine. It is loosely based on the real-life CSX 8888 incident, telling the story of a runaway freight train and the two men who attempt to stop it. The film was the last film Tony Scott directed before his death.

Plot

While yard hostlers are moving an Allegheny and West Virginia Railroad (AWVR) train, pulled by lead locomotive #777 at a trainyard in northern Pennsylvania, Dewey, the engineer of the mixed-freight train, realizes that a switch is not correctly aligned and tries to realign it by leaving the cabin of the moving locomotive after setting the throttle to idle, but he trips and falls, leaving the locomotive unattended going down the main line. Meanwhile the throttle pops out of idle. Believing the train is coasting, yardmaster Connie Hooper orders Dewey, Gilleece, and welder Ned Oldham to drive and catch up to the train, but when Oldham deduces that the train has already passed where it was expected to be, they realize it is running on full power.