PAINTED BOATS

GB
1945
1hr 03mins
Dir: Charles Crichton
Starring: Jenny Laird and Robert Griffiths

The lives of two families living and working on the Grand Union Canal

This excellent outdoor drama is a must for narrowboat enthusiasts though a number of trains do appear. There is a shot of a GWR ‘auto-train’ hauled by a 1400-class 0-4-2T. It would appear to be crossing the skew bridge over the Stroudwater Canal on the Stonehouse and Nailsworth Railway, but the location is not confirmed. The shot was filmed originally for the 1940 Ealing drama The Proud Valley (qv) but did not make the final cut for that film. In addition to this some steam-hauled freight trains can be seen distantly crossing the canals in some shots. At Blisworth in Northamptonshire one is hauled by an LMS Class 5MT ‘Black Five’ 4-6-0, and at Willesden in London one is hauled by what looks to be an LMS Class 4F 0-6-0. The canal journey ends at Limehouse Cut on the Thames and in one final scene towards the end of the film there is an extremely brief glimpse of an industrial saddle tank at work in the docks.