FATAL JOURNEY

GB
1954
30mins
Dir: Paul Dickson
Starring: Edward Forsyth and Jane Welsh

Scotland Yard investigates the connection between a man who suffers from amnesia, and a woman found dying on her living room floor

This short crime film was part of the Scotland Yard series, a series of 39 episodes produced by Anglo-Amalgamated between 1953 and 1961. They are short films, largely half-hour in length, that were originally made to support the main feature in a cinema double-bill. Each film focused on a true crime case, with only the names changed, and featured an introduction by the crime writer Edgar Lustgarten. Fatal Journey was No.7 in the series. These films should not be confused with the BBC television series of the same name broadcast in 1960 which are unrelated. Fatal Journey features some shots of London Bridge station with a train arriving in the low-level terminus platforms behind BR Standard 4MT 2-6-4T No.80010, a shot that is repeated towards the end of the film. In addition to this, there is a shot of the frontage to an as yet unidentified station, and a scene with Julian Somers leaving a suitcase at another unknown station on the Southern Region.

This large wooden sign once adorned the tracks on the approach to London Bridge station. Note the signal box behind, which is partly hidden from view.
London Bridge station in the haze. These two views were taken from behind a bufferstop. The back of an oil lamp is prominent in the foreground to both.
No.80010, one of the fabulous BR Standard 4 tanks, has just arrived into platform 17 at London Bridge. The first of these tank locomotives appeared in 1952, so this one was only two years old at the time.
A little later we return to the platform and see the loco letting off steam
The frontage to an as yet unidentified Southern Region station
Julian Somers on the platform of another unidentified Southern Region station with Bulleid coaching stock in the platform, and possibly a Bulleid pacific at the end