Dirs: Jeffrey Dell and Roy Boulting
Starring: Terry-Thomas and Peter Sellers
An inept Foreign Office diplomat is sent to re-establish good relations with a forgotten mineral-rich former British colony
The film features a comedy scene whereby a character is painting a white boundary line down the middle of a railway track and continues on into a tunnel. A train then emerges with a white stripe down the front of the locomotive smoke box! The loco is an ex-LBSCR Class AIX ‘Terrier’ 0-6-0 tank, disguised with a cow-catcher and other fittings to vaguely represent a loco in the South Seas. The location is the west end of Midhurst Tunnel (276 yards) on the Petersfield-Pulborough line in Mid-Sussex. The route used for filming had already closed to passengers in 1955 but it remained open for freight until 1964.