- AFI's 100 Years 100 Laughs: #18
- AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies (10th Anniversary Edition): #18
- California Doubling: Oregon, actually, standing in for Georgia and Tennessee.
- Copiously Credited Creator: In addition to starring, Keaton co-produced, co-directed, co-edited, and co-wrote the screenplay.
- Creator's Favorite Episode: Buster Keaton always said that this was his favorite of his own movies.
- Doing It for the Art: More than one example; the production actually crashed the train at the end, while one of the gags with the cannon required Keaton to measure out the black powder charge with tweezers.
- Enforced Method Acting:
- In the scene where Johnnie and Annabelle refill the water reservoir of the train, Marion Mack said in an interview many years later that she had no idea that she was supposed to get drenched. Buster Keaton had not told her what was supposed to happen, so the shock you see is genuine.
- When the Texas goes over the burning bridge and plummets into the river, the looks of shock on the faces of the Union officers were real, because the actors who played them were not told what was going to happen to that train.
- Inspiration for the Work: Keaton was inspired by William Pittenger's 1863 memoir The Great Locomotive Chase, about the 1862 Great Locomotive Chase.
- One-Take Wonder: The train-on-a-collapsing-bridge setup was done for the climax.
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