Please check here for the official plot and poster.
The movie is based on a real family that settled in Ramona California. The wife of one of the sons (Will) works with the wife of a Museum volunteer at a local hi-tech plant. In this page Cherie Holly provides a real-life addenda to the official plot above.
The Museum provided the setting for the couple's departure from Bristol, Connecticut.
The Campo Depot, steam locomotive
Southern Pacific #2353 and a five-car passenger consist
Museum member Lew Wolfgang was the Museum Coordinator for the day
and provides a description from the railroad's perspective.
In addition to ranching, Gordon started a construction contracting business. He and his workers built custom homes and churches, and were involved in historical house relocation and restoration.
They raised four children,
Forrest Jr., Faith, William and Alanson (Hap). Gordon passed away in 1984, and Jean
has moved to Bend, OR. Jean was present for much of the filming of "What Love Sees."
by Cherie Holly
He now lives in Carlsbad, CA. with his wife Cherie, an administrative assistant at Hewlett Packard in Rancho Bernardo.
Will maintains jet aircraft for Flight International at Palomar Airport.
Will's brother, Hap, is also involved with the Radio Amateur Information Network
which can be found here.
Today I was witness to an event that coalesced their countless hours of labor into one shining moment that I will always remember. Here's the story.
The Museum made its Campo, California Depot available to a movie production company for the shooting of an upcoming CBS Movie of the Week entitled What Love Sees.
The production designer, David Ensley, initially asked if the Museum had a diesel locomotive that would fit into the 1941 time frame. I said that while we have a Fairbanks Morse H20-44 from 1948, perhaps we could interest him in a live-steam locomotive. #2353 had just made its first move of about six feet, and I felt confident that Larry Williams, Richard Dick and the Steam Team would jump at the chance to show off their "iron". The date was February 9, 1996
David was interested and the production company subsequently contracted with the
Museum to provide a steam powered passenger train for their shoot on Febuary
28th. A platform was built from the Depot to the main and the facing Depot
wall was painted to resemble a Depot from Bristol, Connecticut. Props were
brought in and a host of movie people numbering about 100 moved into the Depot
parking lot. A consist of four ex-Lackawanna "MU" cars and a baggage car lead
by #2353 was spotted in front of the Depot with the locomotive on the uphill
end. The grade in Campo is about 1.4 percent.
The Depot scene was to be shot at night, and various large stage lights were set up for illumination. One light, a 12,000 watt monster, was placed in front and to the side of #2353, pointing back toward the Depot.
We were all a little apprehensive about #2353's being able to pull the five-car consist uphill from a cold dead stop with the cylinder cocks open, so we decided to "rehearse" before the cameras were rolling. It was twilight, mostly dark, with a residual pink cast to the sky. We could all see our breath, it was about 40 degrees F.
After checking that everyone was clear, I gave Larry the proceed signal. There were probably 60 people clustered around the platform as #2353 proceeded to give us the most remarkable display of back-lit steam and smoke I've ever seen. Steam billowed to the side through the open cylinder cocks while the blower lifted a remarkable cloud of mostly steam straight into the chill air. All of this backlit by the 12,000 watt light rendered us speechless. #2353 then proceeded to smartly haul that 5-car consist up the hill and out of the Depot with a most assertive chug-chug.
Alas, the moment snapped when Museum member Bob Nickles said in a loud voice, "Gee, that almost looks like a real train!"
Well said, Bob. And I will remember you forever too.....