Dir: Frank Launder
Starring: Bill Travers and Alastair Sim
A weak Scottish boy becomes an Olympic hammer-thrower
Based on David Walker’s 1950 novel of the same title this sporting drama has three good railway shots, and all in Technicolor too. The first is a run by of an ex-LNER C16 Class 4-4-2T, which is followed by a scene of a train arriving at a station. There then follows a rare shot of an ex-LMS Class 4F 0-6-0 arriving at Tilbury Riverside station with a boat train and displaying reporting number ‘M803’ on the smokebox door, and finally an even rarer view of ex-LNER C16 Class 4-4-2T No.67488 arriving at Gartmore station on the Aberfoyle branch in Scotland. It is highly probable that the earlier shot of the C16 and the station scene, featured the same locomotive again at Gartmore, a station which had already closed to passengers in January 1950, but remained open to freight until 1959.