Created By: Treblain on February 12, 2012

Trainside Apartment

An apartment whose window overlooks elevated train tracks.

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Seen It a Million Times.

What's the foremost sign that you're living in a really cheap urban apartment? Every time the L train passes, the whole building shakes. Look out your window, and the 2:05 by goes by. It can make sleeping pretty difficult. But hey, at least it has a view!

  • In The Blues Brothers, Elwood takes Jake to his tiny room in a broken-down flophouse. Aside from the fact that there's no room to move, the Chicago "L" passes by ever time the window is shown.
  • In the 30 Rock episode "Rosemary's Baby", Liz discovers that her role model Rosemary lives in a rat-infested apartment in "Little Chechnya", and when she looks at the window, a train goes by.
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  • February 13, 2012
    I think in the film version of Howards End, Leonard and Jacky Bast's room is near a train line. I can't recall if that's also in the book.
  • February 13, 2012
    • In the Classic Disney Short "Two Weeks Vacation", Goofy stays in a run-down motel room so close to the tracks the train almost seems to come straight at him.
    • On Just Shoot Me, Dennis is relocated to the "downtown office". The office is windowless, but it is frequently shaken by the nearby subway.
  • February 13, 2012
    Claire's would-be apartment in Until The End Of The World
  • February 13, 2012
    This is discussed as a plot point in the testimony of a witness in Twelve Angry Men, she supposedly heard and saw a murder through a passing elevated train going by between her window and the accused's.
  • February 13, 2012
    I wanna say Fraser's apartment in Due South, but I'm not positive. Can anyone confirm or refute?
  • February 13, 2012
    • It was Harry's hotel room in one of the later Harry Potter movies.
  • February 13, 2012
    Wesley's apartment in Wanted
  • February 14, 2012
    A plot point in one Sherlock Holmes story, used to explain how a dead body found on the tracks came to be found miles away despite multiple stops where people should have seen the murder. He was murdered in the apartment, and the body thrown on the train as it was passing by.
  • February 14, 2012
    • Seen in The Triplets Of Belleville. In France Madame Souza's house is right next to the train line, and the family dog Bruno rushes to the window every hour to bark at the passing trains. Later on, when she moves into the Triplets' apartment in Belleville, USA, it's next to an elevated track and Bruno barks at the trains every few minutes.
  • February 14, 2012
    • Peter Parker's apartment in Spider Man 2 and 3 near train tracks (although I'm not sure if they look directly on to the tracks, but the apartment is clearly shown shaking when a train goes by).