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When "Super Train" creative design meetings occurred between Ned Parsons and Dan Curtis in the upstairs MGM Art Department, Dan Curtis always included his wife's presence, with him, in all of these meetings. The decorator, Bruce Kay, and Ned's art director Hub Braden, also, were in these meetings. Discussions centered upon both the exterior train's features and the interior decorative treatments, color schemes, fabric and material specifications, etc. Dan Curtis, both producer and director of the pilot, was color blind! He employed his wife's intuition and color sense for approving all aspects of the train conceptual design elements! The uniforms for the train crew, stewards, conductors and staff became a major decision. In the original presentation illustration of the train, the train exterior had a red stripe which ran the full length of the engine, baggage, dining, sleeping, and compartments cars. During one of these creative meetings, "aubergine" (eggplant) became the identifying terminology for the train's color theme scheme. Approving "aubergine" indicated that the train's exterior red stripe had to change. Upon learning of this change, Eugene Lourie, who had been in charge of the second unit train miniature (as director and art director), screamed at Ned, "You are turning this train into a fag train!" Stomping out of Ned's office, Eugene Lourie had to order his painters to spray adhesive tape "aubergine" replacing all the red stripping on the two scaled miniature model train set units. The smallest model train cars were 24" long. The second larger model train cars were 6'-0" long. The full size train cars were the length of actual train cars (scenic side hard-wall and roof units being built in the MGM Mill), which were being sent to Washington State, to be mounted on an Amtrak train ordered for the second unit distant filming location. See more