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Petticoat Junction Full Length Feature Film 1963

Postby 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

Postby 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

Postby 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

Postby 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

Postby 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:
https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/ ... clnk&gl=us
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Re: Railroads on Television

Postby 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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