Supertrain Publicity Releases
"Supertrain" with a number of publicity releases. Standard for the era, these are generally a glossy black and
white sheet with one or more images from a program. Included with the picture(s) was an NBC cover letter complete
with red-and-blue "N" logo issued from 30 Rockfeller Center in New York City. The cover letter usually gushed about
what stars were doing what on various NBC shows and in the case of "Supertrain" also detailed the construction of the series' special
effects and models.
These NBC publicity materials, as with many
other materials presented on this site, are courtesy of Mr. J. Morrissey. A great debt and much appreciation is owed
to Mr. J. Morrissey for donating items from his collection for everyone to enjoy.
Rhonda Foxx is pictured above in the rail yard
located beneath Supertrain's tunnel that allows it exit from New York's Grand Central. The truck Foxx is holding was
also seen in a desert crossing action shot in the series. Railroad Model Craftsman magazine ran this
picture with a short article in its May 1979 edition. The magazine, aimed at prototypical railroad model buffs,
scoffed at the combination of the futuristic Supertrain sharing its stage with the old steam engine and wooden caboose shown
at Foxx's feet. A steam engine and wood-constructed caboose would not have been seen on American rails in regular use
after the 1950s. The two railroad names displayed on the rolling stock are also antiquated for 1979.
The Lackawanna, found on the caboose, was merged in the Erie-Lackawanna and later ended up
among the Conrail system in 1976. The Great Northern,seen on the box car, disappeared into the
Burlington Northern in 1970. Remember though that Supertrain is fantasy and does exist in its own reality.
The larger of the two operational examples of
Supertrain models is viewed here, while still under construction. This is the single-level engine that would pull the
bi-level passenger cars. The series was rushed through its production and given the special effects involved was miraclously
put together from inspiration to airdate in a very short amount of time during 1978 and early '79.