Zooming from one end of America to another, "Supertrain" is a vision of railroading of the future. The super-train, equipped with restaurants, pools, spas, theaters, etc., delivers passengers to wherever they're going. In "Love Boat"-type style, each week's guest passengers have their problems to resolve before the end of their trip. Written by
A camera crew filmed process plates in their private train car with all the windows removed. Cameras aimed forward and in reverse; both sides of the second floor train had cameras pointed in three directions. The crew filmed the entire trip from East Coast to the West Coast in the middle of the summer 1979. After processing, viewing the process plates, the landscape scenery was brown grass; nothing was green! Very expensive process photography was still used for the series in spite of the dull background plates (some even out of focus). See more »
When Supertrain emerges from its terminal, there is a steam locomotive on an adjacent track, roughly 25 years after most would have been retired. I believe this shot appeared at the beginning of each episode. See more »
Sure it was the 1970's and good taste took a vacation for a few years, but Supertrain did a decent job in providing escapist fare. As a high school junior, at the time, I looked forward to what else NBC might toss against the great broadcasting wall and pray stuck.
I guess that Fred Silverman decided to think `If we can't beat 'em, join 'em' with this dandy series from '79. Take one part `Love Boat', one part far fetched nuclear train, and add some `B' list stars, and you'll be rollin' in the ratings. Wrong!
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