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Just saw an Applebee's commercial for some holiday specials they're having. In the commercial is an obvious Lionel train going around. I immediately had to do a face-palm. The tender is on backwards! You would think that with an entire production crew, SOMEONE would notice it's on backwards! This actually seems quite common in tv shows and such. What shows or commercials have you seen this common mistake? 

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Madison Avenue, Hollywood,....  Let's face it, they need a lot of 'slack' when it comes to accuracy in using railroads...1:1 or 1:48, et alia...in their genres.  It's one of those ethereal "licenses" they invoke to save time and money.  Well, since 'time is money' to those folks, it's just the money, really.

Just be thankful they thought to use a train at all!  Then, light a candle or say a prayer for their future enlightenment...which probably won't work, but you'll feel better...maybe.

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This thread reminded me of something from a number of years back on the forum and some might recall it.

A woman who was a production assistant (I may have her title wrong) posted out of the blue that she needed "train assistance." She was working on a feature film (no clue on the name but Robin Williams was in it), and there was a quick scene with a model train. It was just a small carpet central type set up. She asked lots of questions and some forum members actually sent her various trains. I sent her a loop of Lionel classic O-27 tin track.

The movie got made but, again, the details escape me. But the point is she really did her homework, researched and asked questions, all for about a 15-20 second scene.

@Stinky1 posted:

Just saw an Applebee's commercial for some holiday specials they're having. In the commercial is an obvious Lionel train going around. I immediately had to do a face-palm. The tender is on backwards! You would think that with an entire production crew, SOMEONE would notice it's on backwards! This actually seems quite common in tv shows and such. What shows or commercials have you seen this common mistake?

Covered at length in another thread.

It makes a LOT of sense (boils down to "cents", or mega-dollars) once you understand that it's NOT an attempt to portray a "Christmas layout", but an eye catching, nostalgia driven device to promote the vendor: Applebee's.

Huge difference.

Personally, I love the commercial and applaud Applebee's for going with that theme and the presentation of same.

Andre

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