NIGHT TRAIN FOR INVERNESS

GB
1960
1hr 09mins
Dir: Ernest Morris
Starring: Norman Wooland and Jane Hylton

An ex-con kidnaps his young son and heads for Inverness not knowing that his son is diabetic and needs insulin injections to survive

This train-bound drama is now rather overlooked and despite being no more than a B-movie it is actually quite tightly written. There are good scenes at London Euston station prior to its modernisation with shots of the frontage and the platforms. Mk.1 coaches are visible in these scenes but no locomotives. The journey to Inverness is then depicted by a number of shots of passing expresses which seem to have been filmed on both the West Coast and the Midland main lines. Locomotives that appear in these shots are three ex-LMS Class 5MT ‘Black Five’ 4-6-0s, two ex-LMS ‘Royal Scot’ Class 6P 4-6-0s, and ex-LNER V2 Class 2-6-2 No.60890. Another ‘Black Five’ 4-6-0 also features in the form of No.45003, which is seen arriving at an unknown station (described as ‘Blair Atholl’ in the film) but possibly somewhere on the Midland.