Dir: Jeremy Summers
Starring: Dudley Sutton and Hazel McBride
A runaway child heads back home to his Welsh village only to find that it is completely deserted
This Children’s Film Foundation drama is quite effective in parts, it scared me when I was a child. It also features something totally unique and wholly unexpected. Some scenes were filmed in Llechwedd Slate Quarry and narrow-gauge track is visible along with No.4 The Eclipse. This diminutive little loco started life as Margaret, an 0-4-0 IST (inverted saddle tank) steam locomotive built by W G Bagnall Ltd in 1895 as Works No.1445, before being rebuilt as an overhead electric loco by Greaves, the quarry owners, in 1927. The 2ft gauge loco was one of two converted but was out of use at the time of filming. Both have been preserved and now reside in the Welsh Highland Railway Museum.