DEATH WAS A PASSENGER

GB
1958
18mins
Dir: Theodore Zichy
Starring: Terence Alexander and Harriette Johns

Two passengers on a train recognise each other, bringing back memories of an airman’s close call with an enemy officer during the Second World War

This short drama is set onboard a train, though the carriage interior is entirely a set. As the story progresses we are treated to several shots of passing trains and though the continuity is all at sea there are some interesting shots, and most of the BR regions are covered. The trains that feature appear in the following order: An aerial shot of an ex-GWR ‘King’ pulling away from London Paddington at the head of the ‘Cornish Riviera Express’; a shot of an ex-GWR ‘Hall’ in BR black crossing Penadlake Viaduct east of Bodmin in Cornwall; an ex-LNWR Webb-designed Class 2F 0-6-0 hauling a two-coach passenger train on the Keswick branch in Cumbria; a low-level shot of an ex-LMS ‘Royal Scot’ passing on an express; the carriages of the same express are then seen passing again after the camera has cut back from the action; what looks likely to be an ex-SR S15 Class 4-6-0 storming out from beneath a bridge; and a final, quite delightful shot, of an ex-LMS ‘Black Five’ 4-6-0 crossing Dulnain Viaduct at Carrbridge on the Perth-Inverness main line. The shots of the ‘Hall’, the Keswick branch 2F, and the ‘Black Five’ at Dulnain, are all taken from the 1952 British Transport Films production Train Time.

An ex-GWR ‘King’ pulls away from London Paddington at the head of the ‘Cornish Riviera Express’. Notice the trainspotters.
An ex-GWR ‘Hall’ crosses Penadlake Viaduct east of Bodmin
An ex-LNWR Class 2F 0-6-0 hauls its two-coach passenger train along the Keswick branch
An ex-LMS ‘Royal Scot’ passes at speed on an express
Having gone from the Western Region to the Midland Region via Cumbria we are now on the Southern Region, as what appears to be an S15 Class-4-6-0 bursts out from beneath a bridge
And we end up on the Scottish Region as a ‘Black Five’ Class 4-6-0 crosses Dulnain Viaduct at Carrbridge, in Inverness-shire