Film train consultant and actor was 83

Logan “Stan” Garner, a train coordinator for film and television productions who often played a train conductor in films, died on May 20 in Arizona. He was 83 years old.

Born in Pasadena, he lived in Southern California until moving to Arizona in 2007. Garner was a founding partner of Short Line Enterprises, where he restored and operated 19th-century steam locomotives and passenger cars for museums and excursion trains.

After film and television producers requested trains, the company set up a film railroad lot that was used for productions until the late 1980s. As owner of Train Source, he became a sought-after train coordinator, assembling locomotives, providing passenger and freight cars, creating sets for railroad crossings, tracks and stations, and providing personnel for television productions.

He became a member of SAG and often played the role of a train conductor or railroad worker in productions.

Garner has worked on over 300 feature films, television episodes, movies of the week and music videos. His film credits include “Midnight Run,” “Back to the Future III,” “City Slickers II,” “The Italian Job,” “Oh Brother Where Art Thou,” “True Grit,” “Flags of Our Fathers,” “3:10 to Yuma,” “The Hangover 3” and “There Will Be Blood.”

On television, he appeared in series such as War and Remembrance, China Beach, The Chronicles of Young Indiana Jones, General Hospital, MacGyver, Quantum Leap and Dr. Quinn: Doctor's Passion, in which he had a recurring role as a platoon conductor.

He leaves behind his daughter Erin Hutton (Geoff), his grandchildren Daniel and Colin, his stepdaughter Colleen Benton (Greg Lowe) and his great-grandchildren Cayson and Ryland.

Memorial services will be held on June 29 at 11 a.m. at the First Church of the Nazarene in Payson, Arizona, and on August 10 at 4 p.m. at the Altadena Baptist Church in Altadena, California.

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