THE HEROES OF TELEMARK

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GB
1965
2hrs 11mins
Dir: Anthony Mann
Starring: Richard Harris and Ulla Jacobsson

Norwegian Resistance workers set out to destroy a Nazi heavy water plant

Based on the true story of the Norwegian heavy water sabotage during World War II, this somewhat embellished account was shot on location in Norway. Unsurprisingly, the majority of the railway scenes are Norwegian, including good shots of a train ferry near the end, but there are a couple of shots of British locomotives. The early dockyard scenes were filmed in the Poole and Hamworthy areas and a small green 0-4-0ST can be clearly seen shunting vans in the background. This loco is No.1 Bonnie Prince Charlie (Robert Stephenson & Hawthorns Works No.7544 of 1949). Although it moved to the Corrall’s Depot on Dible’s Wharf, Southampton, in 1965 (the year of the film’s release), it is not thought to be the location in the film. The loco was purchased for preservation in 1969 and soon moved to the Didcot Railway Centre where it still resides today. There is also one shot soon after that shows an SR express passing through an unidentified station on a damp and dreary day. The station is on a four-track main line with the outer two tracks electrified and the centre platform out of use and overgrown. The express appears to be hauled by a streamlined Bulleid ‘Pacific’, which is a loco of quite dubious accuracy for a Second World War film, but then so is Bonnie Prince Charlie, which wasn’t built until 1949.

The diminutive Robert Stephenson & Hawthorns built saddle tank is clearly in the background to this shot, shunting vans on what is believed to be Hamworthy Docks
The docks as viewed from the former Channel Islands steamer TSS Roebuck. Bonnie Prince Charlie is clearly visible hard at work.
Where is this? An unidentified station somewhere on the LSWR main line with an express approaching hauled by a streamlined Bulleid pacific.