JE> In article , Robert JE> Heller wrote: JE> JE> > Christopher A. Lee , JE> > In a message on Sat, 08 Jan 2005 00:41:22 -0500, wrote : JE> >
JE> >CAL> On Sat, 8 Jan 2005 00:35:24 -0500, "mike" JE> >CAL> wrote: JE> >CAL> JE> >CAL> >I guess Hollywood doesn't know much about railroads or geography. JE> In the JE> >CAL> >movie White Christmas the train Bing Crosby and Danny Kay take JE> north from JE> >CAL> >Florida uses a Santa Fa streamliner for the scene. I don't think JE> that ever JE> >CAL> >ran on the east coast. JE> >CAL> JE> >CAL> One of the worst ones was From Russia With Love which had been both JE> >CAL> edited for content and time-expanded to fit the two hour broadcast JE> >CAL> slot. JE> >CAL> JE> >CAL> We all know about the train leaving Istanbul with blue and yellow cars JE> >CAL> that mysteriously turn green. JE> >CAL> JE> >CAL> But the time-expansion consisted of splicing in any shots of green JE> >CAL> trains they could get hold of. Including British Railways Southern JE> >CAL> Region. JE> >
JE> >Right. You can generally count on Hollywood on using totally the wrong JE> >railway equipment in almost any production. Wrong locomotives, wrong JE> >car types, wrong era/vintage, wrong railroad, wrong sort of stations, JE> >etc. They might as well be using a randomlly selected 3-year old with a JE> >random assortment of Brio or Lionel set(s) to 'design' the RR scenes. JE> >
JE> JE> Exceptions that prove the rule: JE> JE> The Wild, Wild West (OK, it's a bit of a cheat - it's a private train) JE> Back to the Future III JE> Tough Guys (Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas steal SP 4449)
OK, with *steam* trains, Hollywood does better, generally because they either have to build it from scratch (esp. if they plan on wrecking it ala Back to the Future III) or hire private equipment. Almost always when they are dealing with a 'modern' train (esp. passenger trains), they just go to the nearest Amtrak station, assuming that Amtrak stations and trains are as homogeneous and interchangeable as milk.
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