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Transit on film: The Trial of the Incredible Hulk

Well, this might be the best transit-on-film clip yet —- reader ;-) posted this clip from the Trial of the Incredible Hulk TV movie, shot on a Mark I SkyTrain & inside Granville Burrard Station in the late 80s.

There is one word for this: awesome. Thank you to ;-) for digging this up!

(Also, I have no detail on how this sequence was done, because I don’t know who was in charge of film shoots in the late 80s! If more info gets dredged up I’ll share — and feel free to share any details you might know too.)


  • By Jamey, May 5, 2009 @ 2:22 pm

    Hi Jhenifer,

    This was such a cool clip! Thanks for the post. These “Transit on Film” have been really entertaining.

    Anyway, I believe that this was actually filmed at Burrard station. At 2:04, they do a good view of the main area.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, May 5, 2009 @ 2:23 pm

    Thanks Jamey! I think you’re right about Burrard too: this photo of Burrard Station looks pretty similar.

  • By daniel, May 5, 2009 @ 4:10 pm

    hey jen thats so cool! whan the hulk broke through the skytrain doors was it a propped train, or a scrap train, or the real one thats used for serice?

  • By ;-), May 5, 2009 @ 8:26 pm

    Perhaps our next blog meeting should be a movie night. ;-)

    If people are really interested in the whole movie, it is available for sale on for $7. $2 if you order used. Not available on

  • By Andrew, May 5, 2009 @ 9:23 pm

    I can’t believe how shiny and new both the train and Burrard station look!

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, May 6, 2009 @ 9:48 am

    Daniel: I don’t know! I’m not sure who supervised film shoots on BC Transit in the 80s/90s, so I haven’t got any more information right now. I would assume the doors were movie magic somehow though — film crews are always told that none of our property should be damaged because we need the trains/buses for service the next day. (And they have always kindly complied!)

  • By David, May 6, 2009 @ 10:36 am

    HI Jhenifer,’

    Cool clip, thanks. Does Translink have any policies on how they are portrayed on movies. I ask because Transport for London in the UK have a policy that if the London Underground or buses, etc are used in a movie, they cannot show any damage to the vehicles, any assaults on people on the vehicles or the use of guns or any illegal activity, such as running through the train tunnels.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, May 6, 2009 @ 11:02 am

    Hi David,

    I’ve asked Bill and here’s the answer:

    “We have to look at each shoot on a case-by-case basis. We are very fortunate that the system overall is very safe and, in some instances, becomes a place of safety. We don’t want to show the system in a bad light. If the city is not intended to be Vancouver and/or if the situation is clearly fictitious (ie: in Blade Trinity we had vampires menacing someone at Waterfront Station) we have a little more leeway. There have been a number of instances where we have been approached to participate in a film project where we have declined based on content, or have asked to change the content planned specifically for our location.”

  • By Ron C., May 6, 2009 @ 4:29 pm

    I like the shot at 2:29 with the train running overhead in a back area of the station.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, May 6, 2009 @ 4:33 pm

    It is nice. But I sort of wish that the clip had cut off right after Hulk leaves the station, leaving us to think that he still roams the system to this day.

  • By Eric, May 6, 2009 @ 6:53 pm

    At about 2:28 i wonder where the outside is, because i can see a train moving.

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