US / GB
Dir: Chris Noonan
Starring: Renée Zellweger and Ewan McGregor
The life of children’s author and illustrator Beatrix Potter
This popular biographical film has one scene that was shot at Horsted Keynes station on the Bluebell Railway with a train departing that is hauled by ex-SR Maunsell U Class 2-6-0 No.1638. To recognise Miss Potter’s Lake District connections the locomotive has spurious ‘NORTHERN’ lettering on its tender and the station is posing as ‘Windermere’. Of all the scenes to have used Horsted Keynes over the years these are some of the very best, the whole sequence takes place in the pouring rain and is hugely atmospheric. The viaduct seen twice in the film is Arten Gill Viaduct on the Settle-Carlisle Railway line though the steam trains crossing it are entirely a CGI creation.