SUPERTRAIN NBC AS SEEN ON TV

So I had no idea where to post this as there's not a general other form. One of the arcade pages I follow has happened upon the below. 

https://youtu.be/gUERtAe73NI

I am not the seller, and I figured this would lead to more conversation so I didn't want to put it in for sale..35898109_10156495957282375_7148188390846889984_n36002705_10156495956347375_7074114009015779328_n35694837_10156495955857375_6591992823254351872_n36087215_10156495953717375_7440697598102470656_n35932346_10156495953667375_8078855400994111488_n35893230_10156495953662375_5270062096397107200_n35963544_10156495953552375_458339449332301824_n35893230_10156495953662375_5270062096397107200_n35974147_10156495953557375_6585301380171300864_n35893197_10156495953562375_6038269194024255488_n35893197_10156495953562375_6038269194024255488_n36087448_10156495953547375_6557658261984641024_n

 

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On our list of amazing finds, this one is towards the top of the list. While picking arcade machines out of an old chicken house, we came across the actual train from the 1979 Television show “Supertrain”. It had been sold by NBC to a model train manufacturer in Philadelphia that had tried to sell it in the early 80s and when that company went bankrupt the train was abandoned in its old headquarters. Some time later a cabinet maker bought the contents of the building and sold the train to the guy we bought it from. It had been stored for almost 20 years in the top of a barn until today!

The train is almost 30 feet long, comes with about 50 feet of track, all nine cars (one engine car) and is truly the only one to exist. The first one built crashed and was destroyed.

The cost for NBC was over $250,000 to build as it was all by hand and very detailed. The show almost put NBC into bankruptcy as the ratings were so terrible and the star of the show was this train essentially. Great piece of television history that belongs in a museum or a collection where it can be seen again!

Junk got piled on a few of the cars so it will need some repairs but is all there and truly a rare historical find!

Lots more photos in the comments!

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Ken-Oscale posted:

Never saw the show, here is the pilot episode Supertrain on YouTube.   Strangey, as I skipped through, no shots of the train running, except in the credits.   Lots of 70s character actors. 

The exterior train shots were pretty few and far between, most of the time if you blinked you missed them.

Rusty

Well, I remember that show as a kid, I also remember all the trailers for it. I was so excited to see the first episode, I went next door to my neighors's house to see it in color because our TV was broken at the time and all we had was a black and white TV and I didn't want to see it in B&W!! LOL!!

Engines of any sort, steam, diesel or electric are just fascinating pieces of equipment.

I remember that show - a major '70s cheese-fest. Trying to gauge that track gauge: 12" - 15"? Ride-on track gauge with a model not built for riding on - methinks quietly stashing it in another attic may be the way to go.....alongside my polyester leisure suit and platform shoes....

One of the models had a crash - pricey...

http://www.core77.com/posts/30...iled-1979-Supertrain

Firewood

 

"Nice try, Lao Che!"

The model that had the crash was much larger than this SuperTrain model for sale. 

The double wide gauge track was supposed to stretch across the USA is an idea that would be hard to adopt because it would require a lot of new land for it. That is harder to come by. There are people out there who want to turn all railroads into trails now. 

Andrew

falconservice posted:

The model that had the crash was much larger than this SuperTrain model for sale. 

The double wide gauge track was supposed to stretch across the USA is an idea that would be hard to adopt because it would require a lot of new land for it. That is harder to come by. There are people out there who want to turn all railroads into trails now. 

Andrew

As if a multi-lane superhighway doesn't require a lot of real estate for right of way...

Even a two lane highway needs about 30' or more of right of way:

Rusty

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falconservice posted:

Could somebody at MTH buy the SuperTrain?

 By it let's have him build it better yet maybe Amtrak Have to leave now go back a disco dance

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Firewood posted:

I remember that show - a major '70s cheese-fest. Trying to gauge that track gauge: 12" - 15"? Ride-on track gauge with a model not built for riding on - methinks quietly stashing it in another attic may be the way to go.....alongside my polyester leisure suit and platform shoes....

One of the models had a crash - pricey...

http://www.core77.com/posts/30...iled-1979-Supertrain

Loved seeing an old Commodore PET computer with the cassette tape backup drive inside a control area on the train.

 

Ken

FWIW, I believe an O gauge model of this train was at the Altoona RR museum. One loco and two cars. the trucks used were Walthers 3 axle passenger trucks. I personally would want to make an O gauge model of it- USe EMD HTC steerable trucks for the loco and X2000 Steerable trucks for the passenger cars.

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Firewood posted:

I remember that show - a major '70s cheese-fest. Trying to gauge that track gauge: 12" - 15"? Ride-on track gauge with a model not built for riding on - methinks quietly stashing it in another attic may be the way to go.....alongside my polyester leisure suit and platform shoes....

One of the models had a crash - pricey...

http://www.core77.com/posts/30...iled-1979-Supertrain

Loved seeing an old Commodore PET computer with the cassette tape backup drive inside a control area on the train.

 

Ken

Or those Old Wakie- Talkies that were as big as the original cell phones with battery pack bags attached to them!

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The double wide gauge track was supposed to stretch across the USA is an idea that would be hard to adopt because it would require a lot of new land for it.

They could add an exterior third rail to the existing outside rail lines. A mess when it come to switches and turn-outs but still possible.

AlanHN

When Newton Minow made his famous "Wasteland" speech, Supertrain was still years away from airing.   If he had seen it, he may have thought much differently about what he called a wasteland.....LOL

Wow, look at all those flashing lights, the size of the crew !   Not to mention the inevitable madman at the throttle !  And steam coming from all over the place.....LOL   Real high tech.....Ha ha.  

Even being a train enthusiast, I found I had no interest in the show.  Just too far fetched and an insult to my supposed intelligence.....LOL

Dan Padova

 

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I remember seeing this model in person as a kid at the AHM building during some sort of train show that my father took me to.  It was impressive at the time.  I have always wondered what happened to it.  I wish it was in better shape.  I hope someone picks it up and restores it, it doesn't matter that the show was turkey or not.

Thanks for sharing,

Glenn

I wonder why the people at NBC could not have simply recorded the entire week of events at Amtrak stations across the USA and made that into a 40 minute show each week. The first week in New York. Then next week in Boston, then Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and all the other places where Amtrak stopped.

Andrew

Don't be caught operating it out of uniform.

(As seen in an old eBay auction)

This train should be running on the Los Angeles Live Steamers! What a crowd that would draw.

Maybe Travel Town track for a wider gauge. 

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