GB 1965 1hr 38mins Dir: Freddie Francis Starring: Peter Cushing and Ursula Howells
A stranger tells the fortunes of five people during a railway journey in which they all ultimately die
This was the first in a series of anthology films from Amicus Productions and was followed by six more horrors. The film is rather good and cleverly portrays death telling five separate stories to the passengers of an express who are all then killed in a train crash. Although the train and the final ‘station’ scene are studio sets, there are a couple of views of London Paddington at the beginning that include two close up shots of ex-GWR locomotives, one in the form of a ‘Prairie’ tank on pilot duties, and one of ‘Hall’ Class 4-6-0 No.6995 Benthall Hall on a departing train. The latter locomotive was withdrawn in 1965, the year the film was released. There is also one, much used stock shot of an ex-LMS Class 7P ‘Royal Scot’ 4-6-0 on an express at night.