Replica of a subway car from the Netflix TV series at $3,600 a bargain

The auctioned car used in the Metro Vancouver shot series was built to scale and had a complete interior, but was mostly made of wood

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If you wanted to buy your own personal SkyTrain car, it would probably cost you $3.5 million.

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Alternatively, you could have bid on a replica Washington DC subway car recently sold by Able Auctions. It cost about $250,000 to build but sold for just $3,600, or $4,212 after commission.

That’s about 0.1 percent of the cost of a SkyTrain car.

The 48ft long and 10ft wide replica was built for a new Netflix TV series, The Night Agent, and will be auctioned off on July 18th as part of a massive online auction by Set Dec and Wardrobe.

Because the replica is so large, the auction took place at the William F. White Fraserwood Studio in Richmond, where the subway car scenes were filmed.

The car was bought by Vancouver Horror Nights, who are putting on a huge haunted attraction around Halloween.

On Wednesday, the company’s creative and casting director, Ryan Purdy, and a crew were at Fraserwood Studios to pick up some stuff the company bought at the auction. They also have to figure out how to move the car, which was built in three parts and has to be transported with a trailer.

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The subway car becomes a “haunted attraction” at Vancouver Horror Nights that’s only three years old but has grown by leaps and bounds – it started with 6,000 square feet and will expand to 100,000 square feet this year.- feet Extravagance at the old Sears site at the Coquitlam Centre.

“We’re going to jack it up,” Purdy said.

“Glue some hydraulics underneath and some airbags, shake it around, take people on a little trip. We don’t know if we like a ‘gap experience’, we could fill it with zombies…I have a whole year to plan all the nasty things I’m going to do to people.”

Able Auctions just auctioned off a 48ft replica subway car made for TV show Night Agent.  It is made of wood, one side looks real, the other makes it look like a set.
Able Auctions just auctioned off a 48ft replica subway car made for TV show Night Agent. It is made of wood, one side looks real, the other makes it look like a set. Photo by Francis Georgian /PNG

It’s going to shake and shake a lot because Jacek Scheller and his construction team built it “safe and secure” for up to 40 drivers during filming.

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“The art department designs it and tells you what they want, but we figure out on-site how (how) it actually fits together,” explains Scheller, the site manager for the build.

“Working with the stunt guys and the special effects guys to know what their parameters are and what they’re going to do with them. If they’re going to shake the shit out of this thing, I have to make sure it doesn’t fall apart.”

Scheller said the subway car is mainly made of wood, engineered wood and beams such as micro-fins and TJ beams, and a steel frame.

“We had a hydraulic cylinder attached to it and the thing was maneuvered,” he said.

“It’s really difficult to get 40 people to move at the same time, so we gave it some movement to get that effect. Not enough to make her fall to the ground and get hurt, but enough to startle her.”

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The downside.
The downside. Photo by Francis Georgian /PNG

One side of the car looks exactly like a Washington subway car – the wood has been painted to look like weathered aluminum. The other side is untreated wood and looks like a movie set.

“Due to budget constraints, we only had to finish one side of it,” Scheller said.

The film business is always in a hurry, so a whole crew was involved in the construction.

“We’re obviously pressed for time, so we had a lot of people building different components at the same time,” said Scheller, who has built sets for films like Star Trek: Beyond and Godzilla.

“I would say I once had probably 25 or maybe even 30 people working at the same time, including painters. On top of that, there would probably have been four or five special effects specialists crawling around on it.”

But it made for a bit of cinematic magic, a Washington, DC subway car at a film studio in Richmond, BC.

jmackie@postmedia.com

Ryan Purdy (left) and Jacek Scheller in the fully furnished interior.
Ryan Purdy (left) and Jacek Scheller in the fully furnished interior. Photo by Francis Georgian /PNG
Another view of the unfinished side that never appears in the TV show.
Another view of the unfinished side that never appears in the TV show. Photo by Francis Georgian /PNG
Another look at the finished page that goes.
Another look at the finished page that goes. Photo by Francis Georgian /PNG

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