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28th Sep '16 4:46:53 PM Arch9enius
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** One or two teak coaches in a rake of SR stock may be forgivable as through coaches and entire trains did run across the company boundaries, using coaches from whichever company. A train from Penzance (GWR) to Aberdeen (LNER) for example, which took 14 hrs even after the railways were nationalised and singing from the same songbook.
28th Sep '16 4:27:51 PM Arch9enius
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* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Flatline" features, in modern day Bristol, two Class 117 multiple units - withdrawn in the 1990s - in BR Green!

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** However, the train was running from Italy to Croatia, so unless the footage was interspersed, it could be explained as the train crossing into Eastern Europe. (There are vinyards in Croatia) Less forgivable, is the presence of a GM 'A' unit at the head of the train, when they could have just about got away with an SD40, a version of which was built in Yugoslavia.
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Flatline" features, in modern day Bristol, two Class 117 multiple units - withdrawn in the 1990s - in BR Green!Green!
** However, First Great Western have recently started to paint their units green with white stripes sort of kind of similar to the British Railways DMU livery so it might almost convince in the future. However, the headcode is for a trainload of ballast empties via Mountsorrel..
28th Sep '16 11:15:41 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* Read any given English language article on UsefulNotes/HighSpeedRail and look for the mistakes. It's fun! Classics include mixing up average and top speeds ("UsefulNotes/{{China}} runs trains at 300 km/h whereas hours only average 50 mph"), calling it "the" or "a" high speed rail, as if the rail itself was somehow high speed (no it's not, "high speed rail" is shorthand for "rail vehicles and technology that allow operation at high speed" the physical line is called [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a "high speed ''line''"]]), getting usual ticket costs wrong, weird notions on what a "profitable" rail line means and of course lots and lots of misconceptions on how trains work. No, high speed rail will not simply use the existing single track infrastructure, no there will be no level crossings with trains passing at 200 mph, no high speed rail does not use Diesel, no high speed rail does not usually share track with freight. Some of this can be excused by HSR simply not existing in most of the Anglosphere, but some of it is (presumably) TheyJustDidntCare.

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* Read any given English language article on UsefulNotes/HighSpeedRail and look for the mistakes. It's fun! Classics include mixing up average and top speeds ("UsefulNotes/{{China}} runs trains at 300 km/h whereas hours only average 50 mph"), calling it "the" or "a" high speed rail, as if the rail itself was somehow high speed (no it's not, "high speed rail" is shorthand for "rail vehicles and technology that allow operation at high speed" the physical line is called [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a "high speed ''line''"]]), getting usual ticket costs wrong, weird notions on what a "profitable" rail line means and of course lots and lots of misconceptions on how trains work. No, high speed rail will not simply use the existing single track infrastructure, no there will be no level crossings with trains passing at 200 mph, no high speed rail does not use Diesel, no high speed rail does not usually share track with freight. Some of this can be excused by HSR simply not existing in most of the Anglosphere, but some of it is (presumably) TheyJustDidntCare.Anglosphere.
17th Aug '16 8:48:38 AM Jhonny
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* Read any given English language article on UsefulNotes/HighSpeedRail and look for the mistakes. It's fun! Classics include mixing up average and top speeds ("UsefulNotes/{{China}} runs trains at 300 km/h whereas hours only average 50 mph"), calling it "the" or "a" high speed rail, as if the rail itself was somehow high speed (no it's not, "high speed rail" is shorthand for "rail vehicles and technology that allow operation at high speed" the physical line is called [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a "high speed ''line''"]]), getting usual ticket costs wrong, weird notions on what a "profitable" rail line means and of course lots and lots of misconceptions on how trains work. No, high speed rail will not simply use the existing single track infrastructure, no there will be no level crossings with trains passing at 200 mph, no high speed rail does not use Diesel, no high speed rail does not usually share track with freight. Some of this can be excused by HSR simply not existing in most of the Anglosphere, but some of it is (presumably) TheyJustDidntCare.
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]].
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