1hr 55mins
Dirs: Noël Coward and David Lean
Starring: John Mills and Celia Johnson

Survivors from a sunken destroyer recall their life at sea

This patriotic war film was made during the Second World War and received the full backing of the Ministry of Information, which offered advice on what would make good propaganda and facilitated the release of military personnel. The film remains a classic example of wartime British cinema through its patriotic imagery of national unity and social cohesion within the context of the war. The film features three shots of GWR expresses and though one is hauled by ‘King’ Class 4-6-0 No.6008 King James II, the other two are less than clear. There is a shot of a train arriving at London Paddington station behind what appears to be another ‘King’ but the other shot is of a train going away at dusk precluded an exact identity.

This is the first shot, and it is possibly of a ‘Hall’ Class loco
This is Paddington, and the express that is arriving looks to be hauled by a ‘King’
This is much clearer. ‘King’ Class 4-6-0 No.6008 King James II heads past the camera at speed.