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The actor who plays Sheldon Copper is actually a big time model railroader in real life. Just like in the show he really is from Texas.
My favorite Twilight Zone ever is the one about the couple who wake up in a little girls model train layout.
 

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The movie "End of The Line with Wilfred Brimley, Kevin Beacon and the great Leon Helm. It's a train movie with one scene where the president of Southland has a large ho scale layout in his office.
 

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The Station Agent
A model train in the beginning as part of the set of a hobby shop.
Great little movie.
Check it out if you haven't since it features both model and real trains.
I just saw The Station Agent over the weekend. I must agree - great little movie! Early scenes in a hobby train shop, but the rest of the movie used trains, an old train station, and some wonderful cinematography to hold together a touching film about friendship. Currently available on Netflix streaming

Also, another movie about a train, (briefly) had a model train circling the Christmas tree near the end:

https://goo.gl/photos/dRj7U7a5Jw1Q6vDS9
 

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Skimming through the forum, and found this thread. Since it didn't any more attention...



I just saw The Station Agent over the weekend. I must agree - great little movie! Early scenes in a hobby train shop, but the rest of the movie used trains, an old train station, and some wonderful cinematography to hold together a touching film about friendship. Currently available on Netflix streaming

Also, another movie about a train, (briefly) had a model train circling the Christmas tree near the e

https://goo.gl/photos/dRj7U7a5Jw1Q6vDS9
The picture looks like the end of The Polar Express, I watch that one in July when my in-laws come over just to make them wonder who did their daughter marry.
 

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I've got one more for you all...

There's a commercial out for the Ontario power monopoly, called "More Room to Play", and it features model trains and accessories that my club, Greater Toronto Toy Trains, provided. We first set up Fastrack in the living room, running over chairs and through bookshelves. Then we built a full-on 15'x12' layout in the basement. The premise is that the space saved by switching to a more efficient furnace and water heater can afford you the room to finally build that layout you've always wanted. Yes, of course it can...

See the results here, on our own Youtube channel:

And here's the link to the official Youtube channel, where you can see the other 2 vignettes that were part of this series, cupcakes and tortilla chips (as of this writing, the train ad is logging in 5 to 10 times as many hits as the other 2): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm9DaSRhvCUtOD5t_3RjW0g/videos
 
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I read through a lot of this though not all and didn't see these referenced:

In Home Alone there's a G gauge train with human cutouts running to make the burglars think there's people home.

In Christmas Vacation there is a very brief 1 or 2 second shot of what looks like HO trains running when Clark goes to the department store.

In the TV show The Untouchables one of the gangsters has either standard or O gauge running in his home. I don't remember the episode or even who the gangster was but I thought the train was cool.
 

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And the Sapranos had Tony's brother inlaw in O guage heaven in his garage with much grief from the misses! It was a couple of episodes showing the trains but the one I'm describing was when Tony gets shop by his crazy uncle who was awaiting his trial date.
 

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1965 - Peter Ustinov, Shirley MacLaine and Richard Crenna.
"John Goldfarb, Please come home" Has Lionel and Ives trains running around in King Fawz' castle. Crappy movie but fantastic old trains.
 

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Walt Disney was a railroad enthusiast. (What, you didn't know that? :) )

1951 - Out of Scale

This is a short where Donald Duck isd working on his backyard steam RR and runs into trouble with Chip and Dale. This particular 'short' version is edited down and remastered.

 

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Ahhhh, the cartoons of old. They were so much better than that garbage that fills the air these days!

There always was a good cartoon when we went to a movie as kids. I have no idea when that practice stopped, but it sure was fun.
 

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I've been watching old episodes of The Fugitive on TV. Anyone ever noticed that the train derailment in the opening credits during which Richard Kimble escapes uses a Lionel passenger car? It's kind of comical, but makes sense for the special effects of the day.

 
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eljefe, thanks for the Fugitive intro. That is definitely a model passenger car.

janedoedad, I really enjoyed the Donald Duck/ Chip and Dale cartoon. Fun stuff, thanks for posting it.
 

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The Fugitive Movie
In the movie the train crash scene was shot using actual trains. It was filmed in North Carolina and they are still there.
Just outside Dillsboro on the old Murphy Branch of the Southern. ( Now Great Smoky Mountain Railroad)
 

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And to get back to the original subject; Leave It To Beaver had a couple episodes with model trains. One was his large Lionel layout he had set up on his bedroom floor, complete with accessories.
Another was an episode where he and his brother Wally visited a girl just so they could play with her father’s “lectric trains”, as only Beaver could say.
That was a nice American Flyer layout.
 
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