You won't see Jason Lamb's name until the movie credits, but he played a vital role in making "The Lone Ranger."
The Hollidaysburg man is general manager of the Everett Railroad shortline in Duncansville.
As "The Lone Ranger" train coordinator, Lamb was responsible for all train aspects in the movie, which opened Wednesday and stars Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as the masked legend of justice.
In the film's credits, Lamb is listed as train coordinator, and filming was finished when he started full-time at the Everett Railroad as the general manager on April 1. He had worked there part- time since September.
"The Lone Ranger" was not Lamb's first movie. He grew up in Los Angeles, where his father's love of trains spurred Lamb into his railroading career. There, Lamb also met people in the movie industry. He first assisted with the technical side of a PBS special about Jews escaping Nazi Germany by train. Hollywood tapped him again in 2007 for "The Changeling."
Trains play a big part in "The Lone Ranger." Actors and stunt folks bound from galloping horses onto a moving train and back again.
Lamb and his crew built the non-working train that people see in the movie.
Although the upper part of the train was fake, the steel frame was built just like a working steam train in order to stay on the tracks safely at 40 mph. It was pushed off camera by a diesel locomotive.
Lamb, who is 32, began working on the movie's railroad construction in June 2011 and finished last August. Movie crews built a five-mile looped track outside Albuquerque, N.M. Other filming locations were Creed, Colo., and Moab, Utah.
Working on a movie is "an entirely different world" from his regular work of moving passengers or freight by rail. For the movie, he said, "everything was based on what it was going to look like."
There were "quite a few challenges in communication and understanding" between the movie and special-effects people, who didn't know anything about trains, he said, and the railroad people, who didn't know anything about movies.
However, he said, "the whole thing was really a good time. It was all kinds of fun."
Lamb watched "The Lone Ranger" Monday night at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood with most of the people who made it.
Stephen Willis of West Virginia, who was the train conductor and mechanic, and Andrew Wilkinson, of Fillmore, Calif., the engineer and mechanic, watched the movie with Lamb.
Willis had never worked on a movie before. He likened the experience to "herding cats." But after watching the movie, he said, "I thought it was very entertaining with fast-paced action."
Lamb said the "best part" of seeing the movie came at the very end.
"Nobody moved until the end of the credits," he said.