GET SANTA

GB
2014
1hr 42mins
Dir: Christopher Smith
Starring: Jim Broadbent and Jodie Whittaker

A race against the clock to save Christmas begins when a young boy finds Santa Claus hiding in the garden shed after he crashes his sleigh

This Christmas family comedy has a scene filmed outside the entrance to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home with a Class 465 ‘Networker’ EMU passing over the viaduct in front of the building. Later, Santa‚Äôs sleigh is found in a tree on the overgrown and disused double track railway that runs between Wortley West and South Junctions in Leeds, West Yorkshire. This is the Wortley West Curve, abandoned by BR in 1985 though the mainline connection is still evident in the Bradford direction and there are plans for the lines reinstatement. Also, there is a nice touch in the opening scenes, which show the young boy Tom (Kit Connor) playing with an OO-gauge model of one of the LMS prototype English Electric diesels No.10001.

No denying the location and the train looks to be a Class 465 ‘Networker’
This isn’t something you see everyday. Santa’s sleigh in a tree in Wortley, Leeds. One of his reindeer is stood on the disused track of the Wortley West Curve! (shots courtesy of reelstreets)