GB / US 2006 2hrs 18mins Dir: Tony Bill Starring: James Franco and Tyler Labine
American pilots join the First World War with the Lafayette Escadrille, the 124th air squadron formed by the French in 1916
The railway scenes of this war drama were all filmed on the Bluebell Railway, though you would never know it. Kingscote station was used to depict Lincoln, Nebraska, with BR Standard 5MT 4-6-0 No.73082 used for the scene. The loco was renumbered 2759 and adorned with ‘Union Pacific Eastern’ insignia, though the Camelot nameplates from its BR era were retained! Computer imagery was added so that when the train departs, instead of revealing the down platform we see typical Midwest prairie land. Horsted Keynes was likewise transformed and became ‘Paris’ with computer generation giving it various architectural delights and making it appear as a major station. In these scenes two locomotives were used, namely ex-GWR ‘Dukedog’ 4-4-0 No.3217 Earl of Berkeley and ex-SR E4 Class 0-6-2T No.32473.