Building Supertrain

Broadcast History
Episode Guide
Express To Terror
And A Cup Of Kindness, Too
The Queen And The Improbable Knight
Hail To The Chief
A Very Formal Heist
The Green Girl
Where Have You Been Billy Boy
Unproduced Episodes
Lost Episodes
Creative Team
Route Map
Building Supertrain
Grand Central Set
In Action
NBC in 1979
Fred Silverman
Side Tracked
Home Video
TV Guide Review
NBC Publicity
Publicity Stills Collection
Super Stuff
About The Author
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The larger of the two Supertrain engine models begins taking shape in the above image.  This model would be utilized in outdoor action sequences filmed for the series.

Building A Super Train Set

A pair of Supertrain Coach Cars are seen here in various stages of production during 1978.

NBC reportedly spent in the neighborhood of five-million dollars for the "Supertrain" sets and models. For only 10 one-hour episodes, that's half a million dollars per hour for the minatures and sets.

On location, behind the scenes crew members prep the show's star for one of her big scenes.
"It's what's on the inside that counts," or so they say.  Well, here is what is found inside a Supertrain Coach Car.  You're looking down on the car with the lid removed.
Super Guy Ned Parsons, pictured above with what looks like an early prototype model to his left, served as Production Desinger for the "Supertrain" series. 
The failure of "Supertrain" is often hung around Fred Silverman's neck, but the series was in the works as he first came to power at NBC and many others were involved.  Robert Mullholland, then NBC president is seen above inspecting the newtork's new train set.  "All we want for Christmas is a Top 10 Show!" might be his wish as he looks at this Supertrain model in late 1978.

The raised concrete bridge section the Supertrain model rests upon in the above picture is seen in the series in various shots. Note the bridge being worked on by the crew, which from what I have seen does not appear in any episodes of the series.