"Perils of Nyoka" (1942)
The D-Train was one of my greatest fixations during my first year of research into the Iverson Movie Ranch. I fell under its spell after spotting it in "Perils of Nyoka" (1942), filmed by the great Iverson Movie Ranch cinematographer Reggie Lanning. I searched for the D-Train for months, eventually determining — incorrectly, as it turned out — that it must have been destroyed to make way for the condos off Redmesa Road, just north of Lone Ranger Rock. I later discovered that more of the rock had survived than I first thought.
Three Ages Rock because of a high-profile appearance in the silent movie "Three Ages," starring Buster Keaton.
Three Ages Rock (top left) and the D-Train, in recent times
This is what's left of the D-Train — just enough of it remains that I was able to find it and make a positive ID. The film historian seen in this recent photo is leaning on Three Ages Rock, with the surviving portion of the D-Train in the foreground. The lighter-colored rock surface area toward the right shows where the rest of the rock was blasted away. The original "face" of the D-Train seen in the "Perils" shot above — with its slanty eye and open mouth — is gone. I know it's hard to make out the D-Train from what's left, but you may have to trust me on this one.