US 1966 1hr 45mins Dir: Stanley Donen Starring: Gregory Peck and Sophia Loren
An Oxford professor finds his life in grave danger after he deciphers a hieroglyphic
Based on Gordon Cotler’s 1961 novel The Cipher, this political thriller contains a brief scene that was filmed at London Waterloo station with a good shot of 4 SUB EMU No.4717 arriving. The EMU has stencil headcode 28, Waterloo – Reading, Aldershot or Farnham via Richmond (rear portion detached at Ascot for Aldershot). Much more interesting though is the exhilarating climax of the film that took place on the closed Crumlin Viaduct on the Pontypool-Neath line shortly before its demolition. This sequence sees Sophia Loren, Gregory Peck and Carl Duering arrive onto the viaduct on horseback, before they clamber down to the lower deck to avoid the attentions of Alan Badel, who is shooting at them from a helicopter. There are some excellent shots of the viaduct which passed over the Ebbw River and the Western Valleys Line between Llanhilleth and Crumlin (Low Level) stations. Look closely, and in one aerial shot from the viaduct, the former Crumlin (Low Level) station can be seen still intact, despite its closure to passenger services from 30th April 1962. Hailed as ‘one of the most significant examples of technological achievement during the Industrial Revolution’, in its 109 years of service until being dismantled in 1967, it remained: the least expensive bridge for its size ever constructed, the highest railway viaduct in the United Kingdom, and the third highest viaduct in the world.