MBTA in other media (ex-MBTA in the movies)

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Re: MBTA in other media (ex-MBTA in the movies)

Postby RailBus63 » Mon Sep 20, 2010 8:50 am

AutisticPsycho wrote:Well, just saw Ben Affleck's The Town last night which stars Ben Affleck and Jeremy Renner and two others as a armored car/bank robbing gang from none other than good ole' Charlestown.

Anyways, at the end of the movie everything goes south and Ben Affleck is the only man left standing, Affleck leaves Boston, however, he has the FBI and Boston PD on his back. Using a relative's MBTA uniform he goes to the Charlestown Garage and takes a bus and deadheads it to I believe Southampton Garage.

From there, the scene jumps to Commuter Rail stop (don't know which but it looks like a suburban one) with an Amtrak P42DC pulling Amcans which he boards.


Thanks for ruining the movie for those of us who haven't seen it. :(
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Re: MBTA in other media (ex-MBTA in the movies)

Postby AutisticPsycho » Mon Sep 20, 2010 11:04 am

RailBus63 wrote:
AutisticPsycho wrote:Well, just saw Ben Affleck's The Town last night which stars Ben Affleck and Jeremy Renner and two others as a armored car/bank robbing gang from none other than good ole' Charlestown.

Anyways, at the end of the movie everything goes south and Ben Affleck is the only man left standing, Affleck leaves Boston, however, he has the FBI and Boston PD on his back. Using a relative's MBTA uniform he goes to the Charlestown Garage and takes a bus and deadheads it to I believe Southampton Garage.

From there, the scene jumps to Commuter Rail stop (don't know which but it looks like a suburban one) with an Amtrak P42DC pulling Amcans which he boards.


Thanks for ruining the movie for those of us who haven't seen it. :(


Alright, I should have put a spolier warning up but to be honest... I hardly ruined it. I didn't say how everything went south, you'll have to see the movie for that. I commented on the end of the movie and I feel I didn't go into that much detail other than talking bout the bus scene.
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Re: MBTA in other media (ex-MBTA in the movies)

Postby 3rdrail » Mon Sep 20, 2010 3:42 pm

And also...to his credit, he didn't mention that the whole thing was a dream sequence while in a prison cell that you only find out in the last three seconds of the movie...or was that another movie ? :(
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Re: MBTA in other media (ex-MBTA in the movies)

Postby CJ » Sat Oct 02, 2010 1:43 pm

Not sure if anyone has seen episode 3x2 of Fringe, entitled "The Box" or not - they usually do a half-decent job with details, ie license plates and inspection stickers, etc, although other things are well, off.

Needless to say, in this weeks episode, the ending occurred at an underground green line station named "Kent Street" (which, isn't underground, but its for the plot). Needless to say, some of the signage seemed right, and other stuff was horribly off, the typical NYC subway set sort of thing. Then the train running thru (graphically done, of course) appeared to be (my memory is terrible) either a 1800-esque car, or a new Siemens car, or a mix of both. Seemed a bit wider, so I am leaning towards bombardier, but did not quite look like its cab.

Just, horrible fail at what they were trying to do, looking for pictures, but for now a picture of the station will do:

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_YPCf8JFgUdI/T ... ver302.JPG (not my image)
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Re: MBTA in other media (ex-MBTA in the movies)

Postby R36 Combine Coach » Sat Oct 02, 2010 2:21 pm

That appears fake.
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Re: MBTA in other media (ex-MBTA in the movies)

Postby AznSumtinSumtin » Sat Oct 02, 2010 3:04 pm

R36 Combine Coach wrote:That appears fake.

Because it is.

CJ wrote:Then the train running thru (graphically done, of course) appeared to be (my memory is terrible) either a 1800-esque car, or a new Siemens car, or a mix of both. Seemed a bit wider, so I am leaning towards bombardier, but did not quite look like its cab.

Since Fringe is/was partially filmed in New York City, the train could have been a set of NYCT R143s or R160s. Their stainless steel bodies and LCD destination signs can make them appear to be MBTA 01800-series or 0700-series cars at first glance. However, the station depicted in the picture does not appear to be a NYCT subway station. The scene could have been filmed on a sound stage with a NYCT train digitally added in afterward with disregard for accuracy.
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Re: MBTA in other media (ex-MBTA in the movies)

Postby typesix » Sat Oct 02, 2010 3:50 pm

Fringe is no longer filmed in NY, all filming is done in Canada. Their butchering is no worse than other shows, like when the X-Files had an episode on the MBTA and nothing was recognizable as the T.
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Re: MBTA in other media (ex-MBTA in the movies)

Postby CJ » Sat Oct 02, 2010 4:55 pm

typesix wrote:Fringe is no longer filmed in NY, all filming is done in Canada. Their butchering is no worse than other shows, like when the X-Files had an episode on the MBTA and nothing was recognizable as the T.


Its not "as bad" as the X-files episode, at least Fringe sort of had some details correct!

But, here is a better pic I grabbed, they really, really look like 1800's, fairly sure that's what they are supposed to be (if only on the Green Line!)

http://img822.imageshack.us/img822/1211/greenvb.png
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Re: MBTA in other media (ex-MBTA in the movies)

Postby jaymac » Sat Oct 02, 2010 5:35 pm

It's 30 or more years since I've ridden a Cleveland Circle train further out than Kenmore, but Kent Street sure didn't look like that! And what's happened to Temple Ohabei Shalom?
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Re: MBTA in other media (ex-MBTA in the movies)

Postby RailBus63 » Sat Oct 02, 2010 11:16 pm

typesix wrote:Fringe is no longer filmed in NY, all filming is done in Canada. Their butchering is no worse than other shows, like when the X-Files had an episode on the MBTA and nothing was recognizable as the T.


You mean there isn't a yard in Revere full of old CCF-Brill trolley coaches? (The X-Files was filmed in Vancouver)

Maybe the funniest part of the Fringe visit to 'Kent Street' was when FBI boss Broyles stated that the subway was run by computer, leading to a scene where Peter Bishop almost gets run over by a train that was somehow set in motion by the mysterious box he was disarming - the train looked like it was about 14 cars long as it passed!
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Re: MBTA in other media (ex-MBTA in the movies)

Postby jamesinclair » Sun Oct 03, 2010 4:03 pm

Fringe has never been good at replicating Boston scenes, but that green line station does look better than the travesty that was their portrayal of South Station
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Re: MBTA in other media (ex-MBTA in the movies)

Postby ftran999 » Mon May 30, 2011 2:17 pm

The trailer for "What's Your Number" is up.

At the :50 mark, any idea what line this is? It's been a while since I've ridden the Orange and even longer since I've ridden the Red linebut I've could of sworn I've seen these seat covers on the Orange line.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNLiOojD ... detailpage
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Re: MBTA in other media (ex-MBTA in the movies)

Postby AznSumtinSumtin » Mon May 30, 2011 3:13 pm

That's the Red Line. Those hideous seat covers are now the standard seat covers for all Red and Orange Line cars.
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Re: MBTA in other media (ex-MBTA in the movies)

Postby dth9269 » Mon May 30, 2011 5:42 pm

This isn't in the same ballpark as the movie and TV references, but the Kendall Square station is part of the MBTA, and radio is a medium, so...here's something I heard on WBUR (90.9 FM) a few weeks ago, about the musical sculpture built into the station itself.

http://www.wbur.org/2011/04/20/kendall-music-sculpture

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Re: MBTA in other media (ex-MBTA in the movies)

Postby jamesinclair » Mon May 30, 2011 6:28 pm

The width of the car makes it obvious it's the red line. Blue and orange are much tighter.
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