jaytee on Aug 16th 2011 at 10:59:15 AM
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foxley on Dec 1st 2017 at 1:17:53 AM
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Do We Have This One?? I couldn't find it, but that doesn't mean it isn't here somewhere.
In Real Life, rails are made for trains, roads are made for cars. In fiction, this line gets blurred.
Basically, if you've seen train tracks so far in the film, and then the hero's tires get shredded, you can bet that the car is going on those tracks. There's no explanation for why any car's rims will fit standard-gauge train track as if it were built for the task, except that it's cool.
Needs More Examples
Film - Animated
- This happened to the villain's limousine in the ending of Oliver & Company as Sykes chases Fagin's scooter into the subway. Roscoe and DeSoto fall off the car in the struggle and land on the subway's third rail, electrocuting them. Sykes' car eventually drives straight into the path of an oncoming train, killing him and throwing him and his car into the East River.
- In Cars 2, one of the activities that Mater drags Lightning into in the beginning of the movie is driving on abandoned railroad tracks without tires.
Film - Live Action
- In Back to the Future III, the Delorean fits perfectly onto the train tracks. This example is possibly justified, given that Doc is established as an excellent blacksmith with the capability to create Steam Punk Applied Phlebotinum, but it's not addressed in the film.
- This happened in the James Bond movie Octopussy. This is after he drives across some "severe tire damage" spikes on the Russian/Eastern bloc border. He then drives the car along the tracks to chase Octopussy's circus train. He manages to jump from the car to the train just before the car is struck by a train coming the other direction.
- Played deadly straight in the Get Smart film. 23 takes 99 hostage and flees in a vehicle. After a chase, Max manages to rescue 99, but in the struggle, the car is set on fire and forced onto railroad tracks. Max kisses 23 to distract him, a trick learned from 99. He and 99 are thrown off the vehicle before it collides with a freight train, killing 23.
- In XXX State Of The Union, Deckert and Cobb abduct Sanford while he is making the State of the Union Address. They escape on a bullet train. Jackson arrives with a car, and Stone uses it to infiltrate the train by driving along the tracks.
- The "train" at the end of Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome is a retrofitted truck.
- An episode of Top Gear involved a car being modified to pull a train. Hilarity ensued.
- In Real Life, a small number of Jeeps have been outfitted to work on railroad tracks in military service.
- Some cars and trucks have been fitted to run on rails, used largely for railroad maintenance. These are called draisines (or "speeders" in the United States).
- In World War II, the Russians had a variant on their standard heavy armoured car, the BA-10, that had both rail and road wheels. This enabled it to be driven onto a railway track, where the rail wheels were lowered into place and the armoured car then became a self-propelled railway wagon and could be sent ahead to check the track for obstructions, enemy activity and so on. If it also triggered any mines planted by the Germans, the theory ran, it was still cheaper than losing a whole train.
I know I've seen this elsewhere, but I need help with examples.
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