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1hr 26mins
Dir: Carol Reed
Starring: Rene Ray and Hugh Williams

The adventures of various holiday makers on a day out to Brighton

This drama has a number of good scenes filmed at London termini. Waterloo features prominently with 3 SUB and 4 COR EMU’s, along with several unidentified locomotives and a shot of a Urie 4-6-0 departing. There is then a shot of a pair of LNER A1 Class 4-6-2’s at King’s Cross and a scene at the end of the film with SR ‘Schools’ V Class 4-4-0 No.938 St Olave’s and an SR ‘Lord Nelson’ LN Class 4-6-0 passing each other on the approach to Victoria. Some of the platform scenes in the film do appear to be the real thing, though no doubt some sets were used for the train departures and the train interiors.

The opening railway shot in the film shows the platforms at Waterloo with 4 COR units is the background. The front end of a pre-war ‘bullet nosed’ 3 SUB EMU can just be glimpsed bottom left.
In another glimpse of the platforms at Waterloo two ex-LSWR steam locomotives are visible. A tank loco to the fore and what appears to be a 4-4-0 behind.
London Waterloo concourse is somewhere beneath the vast swarm of holidaymakers
In this rare glimpse ‘outside’ Waterloo, taxi cabs jostle for attention ‘on the rank’
Waterloo platforms again and the steam loco present this time appears to be a Maunsell 2-6-0
This is a closeup of a Urie 4-6-0 departing Waterloo, too close really for it would have been nice to see the actual identity!
It isn’t all Southern for this is King’s Cross on the Eastern, and a pair of A1 Pacifics await departure
But after that brief interlude we are back on the Southern, only this time at Victoria and the shot of a ‘Lord Nelson’ leaving…..
….is blocked by this excellent broadside rear-quarter view of ‘Schools’ Class 4-4-0 No.938 St. Olave’s arriving. No mistaken identity on this one!