ACCOUNT RENDERED

GB
1957
59mins
Dir: Peter Graham Scott
Starring: Honor Blackman and Griffith Jones

A detective tracks the killer of a banker’s wife

There are three railway scenes in this short crime film. First there is a view of a freight yard through a window and a GWR ‘Castle’ Class 4-6-0 on a parcels train is overtaking a goods hauled by an 0-6-0PT. The house is in Crossfield Road, Belsize Park, but the view is of Southall yards and loco depot and a wonderful array of railway wagons are on display in the foreground, as well as a couple of other locos in the background. The second scene at the film’s climax shows the killer hitching a ride on a shunters truck of a short freight hauled by an ex-GWR 1500-series Class 0-6-0PT. This is followed by the final railway scene, a hugely exhilarating sequence whereby the killer and the police inspector lie in the four-foot as a goods train passes over them! It is hauled by the now preserved 1500 Class 0-6-0PT No.1501 and was again filmed at Southall.

Although dark, this is the now preserved 1501 heading through Southall Yard
John Van Eyssen (in the check shirt) and Ewen Solon lie in the four foot as a goods train passes over them!