Dir: Victor Hanbury
Starring: Griffith Jones and Rosalyn Boulter
A couple have plans to elope but a fight with her father’s solicitor ends in murder
This little-known drama was based on an original play by Rudolph Lothar and features a shot of a ‘Southampton Express’ passing an unknown signal box. Although there is plenty of Southern Railway footage in this film, the ‘Southampton Express’ on this occasion is LNER in origin. The coaching stock is pure teak, and the loco profile suggests that it may be a Class J10 0-6-0. There are scenes filmed at London Waterloo station with several trains visible, including one that is arriving behind an SR ‘Lord Nelson’ Class 4-6-0. As it draws into the platform, we catch a rare glimpse of the tender and cab of one of the Drummond Class T14’s in the form of No.461. This was one of just ten built so it is a particularly rare bird. There are also scenes filmed at London Victoria station where we are treated to a shot of the ‘Night Ferry’. As this prestigious train had only started running the previous year, this may well be its first appearance in a feature film. Finally, behind the closing title we have a shot of a speeding GWR express passing West Ealing in the hands of a ‘King’ Class 4-6-0. With thanks to reelstreets for the screen shots.