(Warning, major spoilers!) As a model railroader, I found this short not only very well produced but also very funny! The short is a parody of the various hidden camera/police videos TV shows, and also includes various railroad in-jokes. Here is an outline of the three segments that make up the film.
Segment One features a third-grader called "Spike Crosstie" caught on tape derailing his model train using pennies. The narrator informs us that these pennies "would never flatten," and instead derail the train, which tears apart the layout as it slams across the table. "Dr. Bjorn Karrcouppler" explains that this is the worst wreck he's seen in his ten-year career. Meanwhile, scientists at the "Model Train Crash Institute" in "Rollingstock, KY" have replicated the disaster to see in more detail the cause and effects of the wreck. Bjorn returns to explain that if the pennies were the same scale as the train, the accident could have been avoided.
In Segment Two, the short takes us into the basement of a die-hard railroad geek, "Redd Pullman." While making a video submission for a national modeling contest, an unexpected, bridge-diving crash occurs on his layout. Bjorn informs us that we have not viewed the entire tape. He then reveals that the cause of the accident was fed-up Mrs. Pullman and her jigsaw. Bjorn now claims he has seen nothing like this in a decade of research.
The last segment takes us to "the secret world of German underground nightlife." and the twisted "art" that "Kline" has created. Kline, a performance artist, stages train wrecks for high-paying audiences. An example is shown - the "mixed-gauge overhead drop," in which a small train is smashed under the weight of a much larger one, which has fallen off an overhead bridge. The narrator tells us that "trama on this scale hasn't been seen since the great O-Gauge Massacre of 1985." Kline now autographs his work and sells it off to his fat-cat audience members. Bjorn again claims *this* as the worst accident he has investigated (notice a pattern?...) All in all, if you are a railfan, or like the type of show this parodies, I'd check it out.
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