Dir: Antony Balch
Starring: Robin Askwith and Vanessa Shaw
A songwriter goes to a health hotel run by a mysterious doctor
This horror classic uses quite a few railway scenes to depict the journey from London to the health spa resort. These start with some shots on London Waterloo station with EMUs visible that include SR 2 EPBs (unit No.5673 is identified through the vehicle No’s. 14581 and 16125) and BR Class 421 4 CIGs, one of which is No.7342. The journey itself then features the usual odd continuity expected of film-makers, a shot of a Class 52 ‘Western’ diesel-hydraulic on an express (1B90), green Class 40 No. D370 with an express (1S75) passing a Class 24-hauled van train on the WCML, and decent shots of Merton Park station, renamed ‘Brittlehurst’ for the film. SR Class 416/2 2 EPB EMUs No’s.5781 and 5789 are seen at the station. Both are former Tyneside sets and the shot of 5789 arriving on headcode 2 (West Croydon-Wimbledon) is particularly good. The overgrown track is the former line to Tooting. There are additional shots of the exterior to Merton Park station and interior scenes filmed onboard an EPB and a BR express unit, probably a 4 CIG. The WCML shot of the Class 24 and 40 was one of a large number that were apparently filmed in the 1960s for a movie about the Great Train Robbery which was then never produced. The shot along with all the other unused footage can be found on Video 125’s DVD Diesel & Electrics on 35mm.