CSI & Model Railroaders

Just got around to watching this week's episode of CSI:Crime Scene Investigator, where the culprit in a series of murders turns out to b a
model railroader with a lot of talent in depicting scenes (more on a dollhouse scale, but that just makes it easier). The culprit's house has a layout that seems to run all around the main living area (living room, dining room, etc.- just all over the place.
Anyone know if this was filmed in someone's actual home? As much layout as was visisble, I find it hard to believe they'd set all that up just for one episode of a TV show.
Val
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Val wrote:

Good question Val. I was wondering that myself while watching the show. Peteski
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I also wondered this but was kind of upset that they were picturing a model railroader as a killer/nut that I didn't study the house that much. It might have been some single persons home who was connected with the show or a write-in suggesting the script and the home to shoot in.
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Taken from CTV Network (CTV.CA)
Season Premiere - Built To Kill, Part One A Cirque du Soleil cast member discovers a woman's dead body during a performance, and Grissom and Catherine investigate. Meanwhile, an investor in one of Sam Braun's new casinos is shot to death during a party on a rooftop. Later, Catherine's life is placed in jeopardy after visiting a nightclub with Nick, and Grissom finds a miniature replica of a crime scene he is investigating. John Mayer appears as himself.
Built To Kill, Part Two Grissom investigates the murder of an aging rock star (Danny Bonaduce) who is found dead in his kitchen near an exact replica of the crime scene. The probe reveals that the victim was stalling on a business deal that could reap millions for his family. Meanwhile, Catherine probes her own abduction and learns that someone may be targeting her family.
I think this is the issue but we can always trey contacting them about the shows details and get further information.
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The Sopranos had an episode with a O-gauge 3-rail model railroad in a garage. It was built specially for the show. Reference a recent issue of Classic Trains magazine for details.
The CSI episode was filmed in near-darkness, which could be very forgiving for only a partially-modeled layout.
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wrote:

OTOH, there were a number of highly detailed scenes on the model layout involving 'death' -- car wrecks, and so on. As 'Eric' is going over the layout he shines his flashlight on a number of these, finally, lighting up 'Death' himself in the church graveyard, complete with a bloody scythe. These scenes were probably custom built for the show (unless there really is a sicko RR modeler out there).

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Robert Heller wrote:

Well... they still could have used someone's layout and temporarily just added the death scenes to it. Much cheaper and quicker than building entire layout from scratch!
Or the way they showed the layout they could have just built mini dioramas with death scenes and just spliced them into footage of someone's "normal"layout.
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I thought the CSI shows were pretty cool. I liked the themes and how they were carried off. If somebody thinks all model railroaders are psycho murders they're plain stupid. The fact that it was a murder mystery causes me no greif because I can differentiate between reality (war, crime) and fiction (murder mystery). I can handle the speudo science and take the whole show with a grain of salt. Course I'm politically incorrect and plan to stay that way. The world is many colors, not just black and white. Love and peace y'all.
As for the model railroad, anybody sent an email to the tv station to get info about it? I sent CBS an email asking about it. Will be interesting to see if they respond.
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If you're going to make a generalization, I would suspect it to be more realistic to assume that all psychopathic murders are model railroaders. After all, a true psychopath has a superb attention to detail, much like any model railroader will have.
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You're correct. Thank you for covering those details more completely. ;-) Jb

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On Tue, 12 Dec 2006 20:59:53 GMT, I said, "Pick a card, any card"

Actually, they're all butchers or slaughterhouse workers using their day job to stay vented. Thank God we're a meat eating species, eh? -- Ray
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On Mon, 11 Dec 2006 06:47:27 GMT, I said, "Pick a card, any card"

You're wrong on that, mate. The US stations don't do it on free-to-air stations but do allow it on pay stations. The general theory is not forcing sexually explicit scenes on your children unless you ask for it. If a person gets "turned on" by gruesome murder, a TV show isn't going to help or hurt them. -- Ray
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Robert Heller wrote:

Gomez Addams would be proud.
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On Mon, 11 Dec 2006 06:47:27 GMT, Mark Newton wrote:

But, but . . . they do such creative moves with the sheets! And the woman always wraps herself in a sheet before she gets out of bed!
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There was a recent British muystery on PBS, I believe, where a suspect's home was decorated with railroad station signs and such, and several rooms were full of what I think I remember looked like O scale - no great modeling, layout appeared to be typical of Lionel tinplate track arrangement: tight curves, pre-manufactured structures, but lots of it.
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Steve Caple spake thus:

Ah, yes, that quaint British connection 'twixt model trains and murder: do you remember the movie from the 60s (I think), where the killer had a gigantic layout (O scale, I'm guessing) in the basement and amused himself there when not plotting the foul deed? I think it was called "The Locked Room" or some such; James Mason?
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David Nebenzahl spake thus:

Movie was "Obsession", aka The Hidden Room (see http://imdb.com/title/tt0041460 ).
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David Nebenzahl wrote:

One of the Touch of Frost episodes also featured a villain who built model railways. What is it about the Brits that they they think model railways and murder go together? Or is it an elaborately subtle joke, since we all know that model railroaders are the very epitome of kindness, gentleness, and good manners.
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Wolf K spake thus:

That, I think, was the impression the makers of "Obsession" were after, in portraying the villain (to the outside world, in any case) as what you said.

Well, certain ones, anyhow: the anal, passive-agressive Greg Proctor comes to mind ...
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On Sun, 10 Dec 2006 16:47:48 -0500, Wolf K wrote:

But south of the equator sheep fear them.
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