A LOOK BACK AT ‘SUPERTRAIN,’ TV’S MOST EXPENSIVE FLOP

Via metv.com:

The series was one part sci-fi, one part The Love Boat. It revolved around a nuclear-powered bullet train that could travel from New York to Los Angeles in 36 hours and had amentities like swimming pools and shopping centers.

Just like The Love Boat, the plot focused on the passengers and their connecting storylines. Supertrain could have been a minor a hit, but there was one issue. It cost way too much money.

Production problems plagued the series from the start. In order to create shots of the supertrain cruising along the countryside at 200mph, expensive models had to be created. One of them crashed before the first episode aired, causing major delays.

When the series finally premiered on February 7, 1979, the ratings were dismal. After a few episodes, the series retooled its format, bringing on famous guest stars like Tony Danza, Rue McClanahan and Zsa Zsa Gabor.

But not even slew of celebrities and midseason switch ups could save the (figurative) train wreck. After nine episodes, the series was canceled and aired its last episode on May 5.

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A LOOK BACK AT ‘SUPERTRAIN,’ TV’S MOST EXPENSIVE FLOP

ALFA 40-60 HP Castagna Aerodinamica, 1914

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Via Wikipedia:

The ALFA 40/60 HP is a road car and race car made by Italian car manufacturer ALFA (later to become Alfa Romeo). This model was made between 1913 and 1922 and was designed by Giuseppe Merosi, as were all other Alfas at that time. The 40/60 HP has a 6082 cc straight-4 engine with overhead valves, which produced 70 bhp (52 kW) and its top speed was 125 km/h (78 mph). The race model 40-60 HP Corsa had 73 bhp (54 kW) and a top speed of 137 km/h (85 mph), and it also won its own category in the Parma-Berceto race.

In 1914 the milanese count Marco Ricotti commissioned to Carrozzeria Castagna the ALFA 40/60 HP Aerodinamica (also known as Siluro Ricotti), a prototype model which could reach 139 km/h (86 mph) top speed. A replica of that car was created in the 70s, and now it is shown in the Alfa Romeo Historical Museum.

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ALFA 40-60 HP Castagna Aerodinamica, 1914