MELODY

GB
1971
1hr 43mins
Dir: Waris Hussein
Starring: Mark Lester and Tracy Hyde

An 11-year old boy falls in love with a girl

This romantic story is told through the viewpoint of the children, the adults playing only supporting roles. Its alternative UK title S.W.A.L.K. refers to a message traditionally written on the envelopes of love letters, standing for ‘Sealed With A Loving Kiss’. There are a good number of railway shots throughout the film, most of which was set in South London. The viaduct section around the Nine Elms / Battersea / Clapham area features prominently but surprisingly few trains are seen – only a 4 SUB EMU is visible in one shot though an elevated signal box can be seen more regularly in the background. In another scene filmed in Musgrave Crescent, Parsons Green, a train of LT CP stock can be seen stabled in sidings adjacent to the District Line The two main characters make their escape at the end of the film on a hand pump trolley, the sequence being mostly shot in the abandoned sidings around Nine Elms Freight Yard and the elevated signal box visible in this sequence is Loco Junction Box, which controlled movements towards Waterloo, and in to and out of the Goods Yard and the Motive Power Depot on the other side of the main lines. Despite this, however, the final shot shows the pair ‘pumping’ down a rural single track branch, the location of which is not known. When the characters go to the seaside earlier in the film there is a good shot of a Class 33/1 ‘push-pull’ diesel arriving at Weymouth station with a Class 491 4 TC set. As a result, the final branch line scene could have been filmed in the Dorset area. Another railway feature of the Dorset town is visible in several shots, that in the form of the old Backwater Viaduct that until 1965, took the Portland Branch across Radipole Lake.