Railroads on Television

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Petticoat Junction Full Length Feature Film 1963

Post by DoctorZ » Sun Dec 25, 2016 3:09 am

Here's a full length movie of the classic TV Show, Petticoat Junction:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7eQPm5e-lE

Enjoy!

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Re: Railroads on Television

Post by Gilbert B Norman » Wed Feb 22, 2017 6:50 am

Episode 15 of the series "This Is Us" included on location scenes shot in Memphis, including some shot in the Memphis station. There was an Amtrak sign quite visible.

Only problem; the scene was set during the '50's.

Also of interest, Amtrak was given "promotional credit" - one of the few times I've noted such.

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Re: Railroads on Television

Post by Gilbert B Norman » Thu Mar 09, 2017 9:14 pm

Season 3 of the Showtime series (got a 30 day free streaming trial, so I'm binging) "The Affair" , has a number of authentic rail scenes, even if the producers take liberty as to which railroad serves where.

They show authentic Long Island equipment serving Montauk NY, but they take their liberties suggesting NJTransit serves Bloomsburg PA. Since NYS gives film subsidies to the show, the NJT shots must be on the ERIE. There are interior shots that appear authentic as well.

Not worth signing up and paying up for this soap opera.

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Re: Railroads on Television

Post by Gilbert B Norman » Thu May 31, 2018 6:50 am

I hardly doubt that I'm the only one around here who viewed the final episode of "The Americans" last night.

A train figures significantly in this Series Finale; how does it? Watch the episode.

While the series has been well received by critics, the authenticity of its train scene is somewhere in outer space.

Amazing how Metro-North Hudson Line suddenly has M-7 cars liveried as Amtrak (surely post production), that Rouses Point has a high level platform and third rail electrification. The car interiors may or may not have been the real deal rather than a stage set - defer to sharper eyes on that one.

All told, the producers could have done better.

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Re: Railroads on Television

Post by mkm4 » Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:23 pm

Gilbert B Norman wrote:Amazing how Metro-North Hudson Line suddenly has M-7 cars liveried as Amtrak (surely post production), that Rouses Point has a high level platform and third rail electrification. The car interiors may or may not have been the real deal rather than a stage set - defer to sharper eyes on that one.
I just finally watched the episode.
They used M-3s not the M-7. They filmed at Tuckahoe.
A little bit on the shot:
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Re: Railroads on Television

Post by Gilbert B Norman » Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:38 am

A TV show - another "spy" show - with rail scenes simply "over the top".

In the minds of the producers for the new NBC series, "The Enemy Within", there is a Virginia mass transit
agency that links Ashland with the Metrorail system. Who knows if the cars depicted are real, and what transit agency allowed them to shoot (not just film, but also a scripted "shoot out") on their property or if all were stage sets.

This one makes the ending scenes from "The Americans", where the "Russians escape to Canada" - aboard Metro-North - look like the real deal.

If both shows prided authenticity, they would have approached Amtrak. But I have the feeling Amtrak would, or did, tell them to take a hike.

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The Red Line

Post by Gilbert B Norman » Fri May 24, 2019 10:09 am

There appears to be authentic shots of the Chicago Transit Authority Red Line in an eight part series now airing on CBS.

Not completely authentic; the CTA becomes the CTS, and police officers portrayed have a shoulder insignia different from "the real deal". Even though filmed "on location", apparently, the City did not wish to loan the production company any of its trademarks.

The storyline, involving the LGBT community, may present difficulty, so I would suggest reading up on the plot before "tuning in".

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Re: Railroads on Television

Post by MEC407 » Sun May 26, 2019 9:40 am

Speaking of Chicago, there are three shows on NBC that all take place there: "Chicago Fire," "Chicago PD," and "Chicago Med." Metra commuter trains have made cameo appearances in all three shows.
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Re: Railroads on Television

Post by Backshophoss » Sun May 26, 2019 3:59 pm

Depending on the location,even Amtrak is in the background as well for Chicago PD :wink: :wink:
The Land of Enchantment is not Flyover country!

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Snowfall

Post by Gilbert B Norman » Thu Jul 18, 2019 7:28 pm

The producers of the FX series "Snowfall" best get their Dunce hats out.

Season 3 Ep 1 has a scene filmed next to a rail yard in LA's "not best spot in town". The show is set during Reagan-era '84, with references to the Olympics and the Contra-Sandonista scandal.

Funny though how there are C-44's in Union Pacific "Flag" livery visible. Sure, UP had operations there, but LA was largely SP's town. and the SD-40 was the "mainstay" motive power of that day.

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Re: Railroads on Television

Post by Gilbert B Norman » Mon Jul 22, 2019 8:07 pm

On HoBO's "Big Little Lies" Season 2 Finale, the production company saw fit to destroy a set of Lionels. Here is how a TVLine reviewer saw it go down:
Renata returns home to find Gordon still playing with his toys: He got a collector to buy all of them and let him keep them, somehow. Renata is enraged: All her stuff is gone, and Gordon gets to keep his little toy trains? (God, Laura Dern is terrific this season, huh?) She gets revenge by grabbing a baseball bat (!) and smashing his precious train set to pieces, hitting Gordon square in the chest in the process. And when she walks out on him, it feels like it’s for the last time, doesn’t it?
"Uh, not smart", this Monterey family who certainly liked to live well, found themselves bankrupt after a business deal "went South". Seems like where this train set went as well.

Here's a clip (courtesy Twitter):

https://twitter.com/amyeliotx/status/11 ... 69473?s=17

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Re: Railroads on Television

Post by Gilbert B Norman » Mon Sep 02, 2019 9:08 am

The Showtime series, "The Affair", which in prior Seasons, made reasonable efforts to show authenticity in its railroad scenes, has now scrapped those efforts in favor of fantasy.

Did you know that Asian styled HSR equipment is in revenue service on the LIRR to Montauk?

Well, the producers of this show seem to think such is the case. Clearly for this final season, authentic rail scenes have been replaced with whatever the producers depict on a "Green Screen" behind the actors.

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Re: Railroads on Television

Post by Gilbert B Norman » Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:11 am

Anyone else watching the HoBO "dramedy" series "Mrs. Fletcher"?

Reportedly, the series is filmed within Dobbs Ferry, NY. During Episode #2, "Mrs. Fletcher" goes on a "date" for Dinner (turns out "and nothing more") at a restaurant that appears to be a former train station.

There is a "train station turned restaurant" in Dobbs Ferry; however, the actual structure and that appearing on the show do not resemble one another.

So, is the depiction in the show an actual "station/restaurant", or is it simply a stage set. Enquiring mind wants to know.

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