Dir: Paul Stein
Starring: Ellen Pollock and Jimmy Hanley
A young woman’s mother wants her to marry her rich and pompous boss yet she instead falls for the charms of a kindly soldier
This comedy romance was once thought lost, but its prints appear to have been taken to the US and it was re-released in the UK in 2013. It has some railway interest that opens with shots of what purports to be the platforms at Euston, with various glimpses of trains interspersed with the usual studio-bound carriages. The train pulls away to a shot of the forward motion of an LMS ‘Patriot’ 4-6-0, and these departure shots appear to use Glasgow Central. The train journey has the usual shots of passing track, wheels and motion, and blurred scenery, whilst the train interior is a studio set with rolling back-projection, but we do get to see a couple of glimpses of suburban services hauled by LMS 2-6-4 tank engines, one of which appears to be passing South Kenton station on the southern end of the West Coast main line. However, the railway sequence ends with an excellent shot of LMS Class 1P 2-4-2T No.6743 pulling into what is said to be Rugby, but which is in fact Bricket Wood (there is a shot of a sign showing “Rugby. Change for West Chester Line”, which seems odd if not downright wrong!). No.6743 is a rare bird on film. It is former LNWR Webb 5ft 6in 2-4-2T No.1402. The “5ft 6in” in the title referred to the diameter of the driving wheels – although the stated dimension was for the wheel centres – the nominal diameter including the tyres was 5 ft 8+1⁄2 in! 160 were built, effectively tank versions of Webb’s ‘Precursor’ Class, and 43 made it into BR ownership in 1948 but not No.6743, which was withdrawn in 1944.