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- Subject: PC: resend
- From: ROD SMITH <RSMITH44@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 10 Jul 1998 15:44:50 -0400
Normally, I do not consider myself such a consumer of fine movies to
make such a call, but I could not resist this one...
I just viewed the ICE STORM last night for the first time. I do not
know if this subject has been brought up before(appologies if it has),
but the movies is based on the "sexual revolution" occuring in the
1970's in suburban Connecticut. New Canaan Connecticut to be exact.
Having grown up in that area(actually on the New Canaan/Darien
boarder), I frequently rode the New Canaan branch in it's
entirety(sp?). My earliest recollections were of riding the Pullman
Standard 4400's (usually a single car on the weekends) and of the
stations having no high level platforms. To my knowledge, the high
level platforms did not arive untill the replacement metropolatins got
on the property which was after or pretty soon after Conrail took over
operations from the PC.
That being said, from the begining of the movie, there are shots of
M2's , not in PC livery, but apearing as a standard M2 with a Penn
Central decal(black or green letters on a white background) placed
directly above the decal from the Connecticut Department of
Transportation!. Another interesting sight was having the M2's pull in
to new Canaan with NO high level platform , but merely several sets of
stepsgoing up to what apears to be an individual platform for each
door. Now,It has been a few years since I have been there and maybe
they removed the platform, but I rather doubt it. The last item to
note was that there were frequent shots of the train as it transported
one of the characters home to New Canaan. The shots were great but
they were on a nice DOUBLE TRACK electrified line traveling eastbound
on track 1. Last time I checked, there has not been a double track
electrified passanger line in Connecticut on either the NEW Haven,
Penn Central, Conrail or Metro North to say nothing of being signaled
to run in both directions on either track(regarding the signal
comment, I maybe all wet on this one).
In fairness to the movie there were some great shots of New Canaan and
a few of Grand Central Terminal.
I would welcome any comments you have on this topic..
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