DRACULA (1973)

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GB
1973
1hr 40mins
Dir: Dan Curtis
Starring: Jack Palance and Pamela Brown

Count Dracula comes to England and is pursued by Van Helsing

This 1973 adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel features a really good scene filmed at Tenterden Town station on the Kent & East Sussex Railway with a short train arriving behind one of the lines diminutive ex-LBSCR A1X Class ‘Terrier’ 0-6-0Ts. Tenterden Town masquerades as ‘Whitby’. The railway scenes that appear later in the film, however, feature two ground level run-bys of GWR 5700-series 0-6-0PT No.5775 from the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. Painted in the fictitious light brown livery of the ‘Great Northern & Southern Railway’ and working the ‘Old Gentleman’s Train’, it can be assumed that these shots were filmed for The Railway Children (qv) and then not used. The scene filmed onboard that is shown in this sequence could also have used the Kent & East Sussex.

A Terrier Tank approaches Tenterden Town station amidst much smoke and steam
Almost shrouded by its own exhaust, the little tank locomotive brings its train into the platform
Having come to a stand, women with big hats and even bigger dresses alight from the train
This is a ground level run-by of the Old Gentleman’s train from The Railway Children (1970)
The Old Gentlemen’s train heads off into the setting sun