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  • Titfield Thunderbolt

    As it's so difficult to pick one favourite movie I'll go for the one we have projected most this year.
    Titfield Thunderbolt is a gem and so entertaining we must have hat it on screen 30 times in 2018.

    A great slice of British cinema.

  • #2
    I've always liked it. It's reckoned to be a falling off from the great Ealing comedies and I can see why, but there's much to admire in it, especially the great character turns by Stanley Holloway, George Relph, Godfrey Tearle, Hugh Griffith and Jack MacGowran. I was very pleased to upgrade it to BD, but I'm sure it looks splendid when projected as intended.

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    • #3
      Ditto above sentiments. Had the pleasure during on overseas trip in 2013 of visiting a few of the iconic locations where the film was made.


      The opening scenes as West Country class Bulleid Pacific passes over the Midford Viaduct on the Somereset and Dorset Railway, just as the "Titfield" local passes underneath on the former (formally closed by the time filming was done) Camerton - Limpley Stoke branch line. They do a nice lunch and dinner at the pub in the background below the viaduct ....


      The overgrown remains of the Limpley Stoke - Camerton line looking downfrom the Midford Viaduct in 2013



      "Titfield" commuters making their way to their morning service


      The Hill, Freshford 2013



      The Vicar (George Relph) and Gordon (John Gregson) watching the Crump bother's anti-rail parade from the church yard


      The view down Church Hill, Freshford from the same spot in St Peter's Church, 2013



      "The race", Crump's bus (on Warminster Rd) -vs- the "Titfield" local.


      The former trackbed, now a pathway passing under the A36 (Warminster Rd) near Monkton Combe, 2013


      Blakeworth (Naunton Wayne) cycles into "Titfield" station yard

      Yours truly, beside the only remaining trace of the former Monkton Combe ("Titfeld") railway station - the 2 metal posts either side of the entrance to the former Monkton Combe station goods yard.


      A glimpse of the rooftop (centre right, nr the reddish coloured tree) of "Beale's Farm" from Church Lane, just outside of Monkton Combe.

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      • #4
        Always reminds me of The Everyman Cinema in Hampstead.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by arthur linden-jones View Post
          The opening scenes as West Country class Bulleid Pacific passes over the Midford Viaduct on the Somereset and Dorset Railway, just as the "Titfield" local passes underneath on the former (formally closed by the time filming was done) Camerton - Limpley Stoke branch line.
          I've cycled along the trackbed of the Midford Viaduct line (a couple of miles either side of the viaduct) which was converted to cycle track some years ago. It's sad to remember the express thundering over the viaduct which is now open only to walkers and cyclists.

          If I still lived in the south, I'd go back and do more of the route which has now been opened northwards to and through Combe Down tunnel.

          Whenever I think of that line I think of the farcical description of a runaway train that L T C Rolt describes in "Red for Danger" (about railway accidents) in which a loco set off unmanned and pushed a couple of wagons ahead of it, ending up with one of them "walking on its hind legs" with only the leading set of wheels still on the rails. Thankfully there were no injuries.

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          • #6
            What a smashing film. I saw the Thunderbolt loco (real name Lion) at Manchester Science Museum a good few years back. It was complete with a hefty dint at the back end, which occurred during filming, towards the end of the film, when they were trying to reunite the coach with the loco. You can see it when you watch - it makes a right clang. LOL. Don't know where Lion lives now - Liverpool rings a bell.

            If anyone is interested in seeing the REAL Stephenson's Rocket, it's in Manchester until September, I think. First time it's been back to the city in 180 years. Admission free.

            Johnny
            Last edited by Panavision; 15th July 2019, 09:15 PM. Reason: Afterthought

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