Dir: James Hill
Starring: Robin Netscher and Audrey Manning
A young trainspotter dreams of becoming an engine driver
All the railway material for this very pleasant film was shot on the old LMS network. There are scenes at Polmadie Depot in Glasgow and a shot of the stock for the ‘Midday Scot’ arriving into Glasgow Central station behind ex-Caledonian Railway ‘439’ Class 0-4-4T No.15224. The main star of the film is ex-LMS ‘Coronation’ Class 4-6-2 No.6253 City of St Albans, still in LMS livery. Jeremy drives the loco all the way from Glasgow through Carlisle and Crewe to London Euston, and the ‘Coronation’ is the same locomotive used throughout, unusual yet admirable consistency. It is an absolute certainty that other locomotives feature in the film, but little else is known about this short little wonder which seems difficult to get hold of and is apparently forgotten. A shot of the lower three quarters of No.6253 City of St. Albans appears in the 1955 movie The Gold Express (qv) and it may have originated from this film.