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26th Jul '16 11:15:37 PM Kalmbach
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* "Crazy Train", in the seventh season of ''Series/ModernFamily'', takes place on the Amtrak ''Coast Starlight'', which the family takes up to Portland for Didi's wedding. At one point Phil and Mitchell go back through the entire train to the caboose. American trains have not been required to have cabooses since the early 1980s, and have thus long since stopped using them.

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* "Crazy Train", in the seventh season of ''Series/ModernFamily'', takes place on the Amtrak ''Coast Starlight'', which the family takes up to Portland for Didi's wedding. At one point Phil and Mitchell go back through the entire train to the caboose. American trains have not been required to have cabooses since the early 1980s, and have thus long since stopped using them.them, and in any case, passenger trains never had cabooses to begin with, only freight trains.
26th Jul '16 10:43:57 PM Kalmbach
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* ''Film/DarkShadows'' opens with footage of a modern-day Amtrak train, despite being set in TheSeventies. This is particularly galling as the interior shot of the train perfectly replicates the time period.
26th Jul '16 10:38:41 AM Kalmbach
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** Plus the 261 is a freight locomotive and would be unlikely to appear at Union Station

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** Plus the 261 is a freight locomotive and would be unlikely to appear at Union StationStation.
*** The 261 was built as a dual-service locomotive during WWII, [[LightningBruiser strong enough for freight, fast enough for passenger service]], at a time the government prohibited building any purely passenger locomotives.



* WesternAnimation/{{Garfield}}'s movie has a scene where Garfield infiltrates a dispatcher's room and switches trains willy nilly sending them all on collision courses with one another. This would be impossible as the system would not allow the controler to switch points in front of an approaching train.

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* WesternAnimation/{{Garfield}}'s movie has a scene where Garfield infiltrates a dispatcher's room and switches trains willy nilly sending them all on collision courses with one another. This would be impossible as the system would not allow the controler controller to switch points in front of an approaching train.train, and the signal system is interlocked to prohibit any movement that might cause a collision.



** Trains do not have guns on board, as quoted by Metra's own commuter newsletter, ''On the Bi Level'', "If conductors wanted to wield guns they would have applied for a different kind of blue uniform."

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** Trains do not have guns on board, as quoted by Metra's own commuter newsletter, ''On the Bi Level'', "If conductors wanted to wield guns they would have applied for a different kind of blue uniform."" Conductors also don't have handcuffs or stun guns, but Metra (like most railways) does have its own police force, which is equipped with such things.


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** Perhaps the most egregious thing was one of the posters, mention [[WritersCannotDoMath "A Million Tons"]]. Consider that a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier weighs in at only a bit over 100,000 tons, while a million pounds is only 500 tons, or about the weight of two locomotives.
3rd Jul '16 6:58:14 AM DarcyFoster
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** Also, due to both Temple and Embankment tube stations being cut and cover stations, both have their platforms in the same tunnel rather than separate ones.
30th Jun '16 1:14:31 AM MadSpy
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** This is an ongoing issue is parts of Australia, with public idiocy regarding train line crossings semi-regularly appearing in the news (to the point where Melbourne's Metro railway [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJNR2EpS0jw made a video and ditty about it to emphasise how stupid messing about the tracks is]]).To demonstrate the point, one new presenter was put behind the controls of a training system to show just how little he could do, even with a kilometer's notice, to prevent [[NightmareFuel gradually baring down closer and closer to a car stopped on the tracks until the train hit with enough momentum left to crush it like an aluminium can.]]

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** This is an ongoing issue is parts of Australia, with public idiocy regarding train line crossings semi-regularly appearing in the news (to the point where Melbourne's Metro railway [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJNR2EpS0jw made a video and ditty about it to emphasise how stupid messing about the tracks is]]).To demonstrate the point, one new presenter was put behind the controls of a training system to show just how little he could do, even with a kilometer's notice, to prevent [[NightmareFuel gradually baring bearing down closer and closer to a car stopped on the tracks until the train hit with enough momentum left to crush it like an aluminium can.]]
30th Jun '16 12:59:59 AM MadSpy
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** Not only are the diesels the wrong model, but their paint scheme is incorrect as well. The scene takes place in Manchester, NH in 1945 so the locomotives should be painted in the Boston & Maine Railroad's famous maroon and gold [[http://rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=2532908 "Minuteman" paint scheme]]. Instead, the engines are painted in an early 1990's Burlington Northern paint scheme. [[http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burlington_Northern Burlington Northern didn't even exist until 1970]]. This is somewhat understandable given the filming location (Glencoe, Illinois) and the almost non-existant availability of Boston & Maine diesels, however a working Boston & Maine streamliner operates at a tourist railroad in [[http://rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=3013819 New Hampshire]].

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** Not only are the diesels the wrong model, but their paint scheme is incorrect as well. The scene takes place in Manchester, NH in 1945 so the locomotives should be painted in the Boston & Maine Railroad's famous maroon and gold [[http://rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=2532908 "Minuteman" paint scheme]]. Instead, the engines are painted in an early 1990's Burlington Northern paint scheme. [[http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burlington_Northern Burlington Northern didn't even exist until 1970]]. This is somewhat understandable given the filming location (Glencoe, Illinois) and the almost non-existant non-existent availability of Boston & Maine diesels, however a working Boston & Maine streamliner operates at a tourist railroad in [[http://rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=3013819 New Hampshire]].
30th Jun '16 12:54:50 AM MadSpy
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* In the blockbuster film ''Film/TheAvengers2012'', at the begining of the ComicBook/BlackWidow interrogation scene, we see an establishing shot of a Norfolk Southern freight train with American locomotives passing by the ratty looking warehouse where Natasha is [[strike:being interrogated]] conducting an interrogation. The only problem is that the scene is set in Russia, which is not only several thousand miles away from the nearest Norfolk Southern locomotive, but wouldn't even be the correct track gauge if such a locomotive happened to be imported.

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* In the blockbuster film ''Film/TheAvengers2012'', at the begining beginning of the ComicBook/BlackWidow interrogation scene, we see an establishing shot of a Norfolk Southern freight train with American locomotives passing by the ratty looking warehouse where Natasha is [[strike:being interrogated]] conducting an interrogation. The only problem is that the scene is set in Russia, which is not only several thousand miles away from the nearest Norfolk Southern locomotive, but wouldn't even be the correct track gauge if such a locomotive happened to be imported.
19th Jun '16 8:46:33 PM marmota-b
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* A ''Comics/BlackWidow'' book [[http://comicvine.gamespot.com/articles/exclusive-preview-black-widow-8/1100-149108/ taking place in Prague]] has her landing on and boarding a running train. The artist did their research and looked up an actual modern Czech train. Unfortunately for the artist, their reference images did not show that that particular train type's doors do not have handles at all and open only automatically, with press buttons. Unfortunately for the writer, most trains in use in the UsefulNotes/CzechRepublic nowadays, even those that ''do'' have door handles, have a safety blocking mechanism in place that prevents the doors from being opened while the train is going.
14th May '16 10:51:43 PM DanielCase
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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkoEE1i0CX8 The teaser trailer]] for the 2016 film adaptation of ''Literature/TheGirlOnTheTrain'', which swaps the book's London setting for the more picturesque environs of the Metro-North Railroad's Hudson Line in New York's Westchester County, suggests the filmmakers used both the Hudson Line (along that river; the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ardsley-on-Hudson_(Metro-North_station) Ardsley-on-Hudson station can be seen in some scenes) and the New Haven Line (along Long Island Sound going into Connecticut, as its name suggests). In real life, the red-trimmed M8s of the latter (seen in one shot from above) would never be used on the Hudson Line, where Emily Blunt is shown on the interiors of what appear to be the M7s that are actually used. Also, there are no pedestrian tunnels under the Hudson Line's tracks; the one shown is on the New Haven Line.

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkoEE1i0CX8 The teaser trailer]] for the 2016 film adaptation of ''Literature/TheGirlOnTheTrain'', which swaps the book's London setting for the more picturesque environs of the Metro-North Railroad's Hudson Line in New York's Westchester County, suggests the filmmakers used both the Hudson Line (along that river; the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ardsley-on-Hudson_(Metro-North_station) Ardsley-on-Hudson station station]] can be seen in some scenes) and the New Haven Line (along Long Island Sound going into Connecticut, as its name suggests). In real life, the red-trimmed M8s of the latter (seen in one shot from above) would never be used on the Hudson Line, where Emily Blunt is shown on the interiors of what appear to be the M7s that are actually used. Also, there are no pedestrian tunnels under the Hudson Line's tracks; the one shown is on the New Haven Line.
14th May '16 10:50:38 PM DanielCase
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* Similarly, ''Film/EternalSunshoneOfTheSpotlessMind'' passed off New Haven Line trains as their UsefulNotes/LongIslandRailRoad counterparts by putting a large logo over the red stripes.

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* Similarly, ''Film/EternalSunshoneOfTheSpotlessMind'' ''Film/EternalSunshineOfTheSpotlessMind'' passed off New Haven Line trains as their UsefulNotes/LongIslandRailRoad counterparts by putting a large logo over the red stripes.
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