Dir: Norman Tokar
Starring: David Niven and Jodie Foster
A butler prevents an attempt to pass off a fake heiress to an English estate which is said to hold a hoard of missing treasure
This Walt Disney family adventure is based on the 1953 Michael Innes novel Christmas at Candleshoe and features a car chasing a steam train, with the exhilarating sequence culminating in the car’s chauffeur bringing the train to a halt on a level crossing. The Severn Valley Railway was used with Arley station, Trimpley Reservoirs, Eardington Road Bridge (with the then open Eardington Halt in the background) and the Victoria Bridge all featuring in the movie. The train stopping scene was filmed at Waterworks Crossing and the locomotive that featured throughout was GWR 4500-series 2-6-2T No.4566 with chocolate and cream coaching stock. In a scene reminiscent to The Railway Children, the train came to a stand with the bufferbeam of the locomotive only inches from David Niven’s chest. To protect the actor, a full-size mock up of the locomotive’s front end was constructed by the film company which was taken away by them after completion of the scene. Arley station appears again at the very end of the film with an approaching train too far off to identify.