Train films/shows on TV

 
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Nearly half-a-million Aussies watched the (professionally made) 3 hour Gunzel video and ratings hardly dropped as the Ghan trundled along:
https://tvtonight.com.au/2018/01/sunday-7-january-2018.html

The text commentary had not-unexpectedly heavy doses of political correctness at times...
Have only got as far as Alice as I am dividing the viewing up into 'rest jobs'.
Where the hell did they get some of their rubbish captions from?
Does no one check any of this sort of garbage? Rhetorical question as the answer is obvious.
You call the captions rubbish.....I found them really hard to read, emerging from the background at train speed.

With some of them, by the time you saw them clearly enough to start reading, the bit you wanted to read next had either slid off the side of the screen or hit you in the face.

17 hours with that going on seems challenging to say the least.

They need to to sack the bright spark who thought of THAT one.
lyntonh
I agree that the captions difficult to read but, more importantly, a lot of their content is inaccurate rubbish and it is to this that I was referring.

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  HardWorkingMan Chief Commissioner

Location: Echuca
maybe my gunzel gene has died but the 3 hour version cured my insomnia.  If that didn't work for you the 17 hour version this sunday should! Smile
  DirtyBallast Chief Commissioner

Location: Your town.
I saw the ad for the 17 hour version this evening, just after watching my weekly fix of Batman (tonight's episode was about Penguin running for mayor).

The Ghan was boring enough in real life. All I can say is thank God they're not featuring the Indian Pacific!
  Big J Assistant Commissioner

Location: In Paradise
I have to laugh at this reaction on RP.

As I posted earlier this is not aimed at Gunzels like us. It is aimed at the general community.

Slow TV is something for a person to wack on the box and let the scenery roll by. It is not aimed to be a historical doco on the Ghan nor the current operations. In fact I was surprised to see some captions as that is generally not done.

Slow TV could be simply a cam at waterhole at a National Park in Africa or some fish in a tank.

It is aimed to be background TV so that people can do other stuff, glance at it and watch it and then move one and come back etc. Although I have to admit I watched the lot as I do enjoy seeing the remaining infrastructure at former railway stations and sidings.

However, I do agree if you are going to do captions purporting historical information then it should be correct and not the marketing version of history.

The point of this was to be simply vision of the Ghan rolling along. Nothing more. They shouldn't have put any captions if they were in doubt.

If you want more accurate information, then you are already aware of other DVDs, TV shows and fantastic articles and books that cover these. But you have to admit that those are aimed at Gunzels like us. The general community will simply will not watch it or buy these. Frankly they are generally not interested, unless they go on holidays. The ratings and sales of specialist TV shows and books/mags speaks for themselves.

The show was a success in terms of ratings as it was shown at a quiet time of year for TV and it did what it was made for. There is an upside. the show might have exposed our hobby to a group of people that never ever shown an interest before. A few might want to find out more and might start getting interested in railways. We all started somehow ourselves.

Info on Slow TV is here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slow_television

If you don't want to "waste" 17 hours of your life, then the choice is simple don't turn on that channel or better yet get outside and see the real world. In fact I might heed my own advice and trundle down to my local line and see the action.
  apw5910 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Location: Location.
If you don't want to "waste" 17 hours of your life, then the choice is simple don't turn on that channel or better yet get outside and see the real world. In fact I might heed my own advice and trundle down to my local line and see the action.
Big J
Unfortunately that would be really boring where I am. Does Slow TV include watching rails rust, sleepers rot and paint peel? And no trains?

I'm using the three hour version as a screensaver; makes a change from watching waterfalls, fishtanks, fireplaces (in winter!) or our travel slides.
  Big J Assistant Commissioner

Location: In Paradise


I'm using the three hour version as a screensaver; makes a change from watching waterfalls, fishtanks, fireplaces (in winter!) or our travel slides.
apw5910
Awesome idea!
  greasyrhys Chief Commissioner

Location: MacDonald Park, SA
Yawn
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
maybe my gunzel gene has died but the 3 hour version cured my insomnia.  If that didn't work for you the 17 hour version this sunday should! Smile
HardWorkingMan
Are we there yet .......?
  michaelgm Assistant Commissioner

Watched with the Mrs, once when the map popped up.
She responded F... We are only at Alice springs!
  Dangersdan707 Deputy Commissioner

Location: On a Thing with Internet
didn't mind it to be honest
  locojoe67 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Gen X purgatory/urban Joh-land
I found the lack of commentary refreshing. The captions I can take or leave.

Still couldnt watch three hours in one go. Today we've had the 17 hour version on all day, it makes a nice scenic backdrop while you're doing other stuff.

There is apparently a 54 hour version that includes the night footage. That could be stretching it.
  GS4 Junior Train Controller

While I haven't travelled on the Ghan I have been on the Indian Pacific. SBS's production is quite fitting for a journey of this size / duration. You have to have travelled on one of these trains to understand these quite unique journeys.

I saw some of the 17 hour version ( I had to go to work today ) and enjoyed it. The view from NR109's cab of the helicopter pacing the train were absolutely amazing. After watching the 3 hours version I had supposed that some aerial shots were drone and some helicopter , it would appear that they were all helicopter !


If you don't like it then change the channel and watch something else , , something with murders , explosions , "reality TV" , , there's plenty of it just waiting. Don't forget one way or another you're probably paying for that to when the ads come on, they ain't free.

Slow TV is not is any way new, , it's got to be 40 years old, in fact Slow Radio pre-dated it , , it used to be called "The Cricket"

Smile!
  Valvegear The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Having travelled on both The Ghan and the Indian Pacific, I found it interesting. I agree that the lack of the standard hysterical commentary made the viewing easier.  I had it on as a kind of background on the TV beside me while I was working on my computer, and I found myself thinking things such as, "There has to be a crossing loop soon", and "Where's the next town?" I wouldn't call it compulsory viewing, but it was relaxing.
  SinickleBird Junior Train Controller

Location: Qantas Club at Mudgee International Airport
I had it on for a while, vision approaching Alice Springs. Particularly noticeable was that the sound track bore minimal relationship with the actual movement - there were level crossing bells (growing louder, then dropping marginally in frequency and quieter again) but no level crossing. A few minutes later, the crossing with flashing lights was strangely silent.

A moment of excitement when a garbage truck snuck across the tracks with the train about 10 seconds away, blowing its horn (sound track was actually coordinated at that time).

Eventually, I had to go play golf to get my pulse back into double figures.
  Valvegear The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Eventually, I had to go play golf to get my pulse back into double figures.
"SnickleBird"
Fine; but were you  raising your pulse from single figures (boredom), or lowering it from three figures (excitement)?
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
I LOVED the three hour version and sat rivetted to my seat.

I loved the vastness of our Outback landscape, the different modes of photography, helicopters, drones etc and the occasional views from inside the cars and learning about the Goyders line.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goyder%27s_Line

I agree the 17 hour version is a slow TV programme, but any posters in these pages who found the three hour version sleep inducing is...and I'll be completely frank...un-Australian and should re-consider the seriousness of their interest in public transport and railways in particular...

***End of rant***

Mike.
  michaelgm Assistant Commissioner

I also, found the Goyder line of interest. Not heard about that before.
  Junction box Chief Commissioner

Location: newy
I think some lines are an engineering feat, and this is one of them.
Also is an engineering feat is the NR class going the distance, did the two loco's do the whole trip?
Top speed?
Some of this show was crap, some was bloody good.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
I think some lines are an engineering feat, and this is one of them.
Also is an engineering feat is the NR class going the distance, did the two loco's do the whole trip?
Top speed?
Some of this show was crap, some was bloody good.
Junction box
Yes, the two NR's do the entire trip Adelaide to Darwin and back again, then quite often they the next trip and the next

Ghan top sped is 110kph but the average is more like 80kph
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
I think some lines are an engineering feat, and this is one of them.
Also is an engineering feat is the NR class going the distance, did the two loco's do the whole trip?
Top speed?
Some of this show was crap, some was bloody good.
Junction box
I cannot agree that Alice Springs to Darwin is any sort of engineering feat for the era in which it was built.
  N463 Locomotive Driver

Yes, the two NR's do the entire trip Adelaide to Darwin and back again, then quite often they the next trip and the next
Pressman

How many times/where do the locos have to refuel?
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Yes, the two NR's do the entire trip Adelaide to Darwin and back again, then quite often they the next trip and the next

How many times/where do the locos have to refuel?
N463
Do the powervans need refuelling too, please? If so where and how?
  gordon_s1942 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Central Tablelands of NSW
Yes, the two NR's do the entire trip Adelaide to Darwin and back again, then quite often they the next trip and the next

How many times/where do the locos have to refuel?
Do the powervans need refuelling too, please? If so where and how?
YM-Mundrabilla
How long is a piece of String and How far can you walk into a forest before leaving it?

Yes, the power cars burn fuel and Yes, it would have to be refueled.
This would depend on how big the tanks are and how many litres per hour is consumed.
Once those details are known, you would then arrange to the tanks to be refueled at the most suitable location. This could be based on where its cheaper to obtain sufficient fuel rather than a location.
I would be surprised if the Driver/Guard or Train manager didnt record these details at the beginning of the journey and recheck the levels every time the Train stops for any lenght of time.
I walked through the IP once when it suffered a power failure and with only the emergency lights on and no ventilation, it was most unpleasant.
  Junction box Chief Commissioner

Location: newy
Why was the original Ghan line deserted?
Bloody oath its an engineering feat, like most remote long distance lines in the country, building and maintenance in places with no access in cuttings, high places and just no access track add to a massive pain in the smeg.
  Dangersdan707 Deputy Commissioner

Location: On a Thing with Internet
Why was the original Ghan line deserted? Bloody oath its an engineering feat, like most remote long distance lines in the country, building and maintenance in places with no access in cuttings, high places and just no access track add to a massive pain in the smeg.
Junction Box
Prone to Flooding and ohh it was 3,6 gauge theres your excuse

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