SAY HELLO TO YESTERDAY

GB
1971
1hr 36mins
Dir: Alvin Rakoff
Starring: Jean Simmons and Leonard Whiting

A young man pursues an older woman on a shopping trip to London

This drama is a fast-moving account of ten hours in the life of a suburban housewife and features some good shots of Southern Region EMU’s. Early on there are scenes filmed at a snowy ‘Cobham’ station, which is in reality Ascot, and Class 423 4 VEP stock is present including set No.7805. In the adjacent platform are a couple of vintage 2 BIL EMU’s in their final year or so of operation. There are then some scenes filmed at London Victoria and again VEP’s are present along with other main line stock in the form of CIG’s (or similar), plus some 2-car units (either HAP’s or EPB’s). The Victoria scenes include a good shot of the station frontage but for a film shot largely in central London the Underground does not feature.

Ascot station forms the backdrop here
Despite the signage stating otherwise this is Ascot station on a very cold day. A VEP is arriving into the platform.
Jean Simmons makes her way down into the subway. Ascot station frontage is behind but even on a cold and dark day the underpass does not look too appealing. People forget just how rundown Britain’s rail network was in the 1970’s, with this film being released less than three years after the end of steam. Thankfully things have largely been tidied up today (if they haven’t been closed) and in this case the canopy over the entrance here has been removed altogether giving it a more open feel.
Jean Simmons arrives onto the platform from the station underpass and we can see more clearly the old 2 BIL units on the right.
The train departs on its way to London. Note how the snow seems remarkably undisturbed by the passage of feet and train!!
Leonard Whiting on the concourse at London Victoria, the wrong station for Ascot, which is Waterloo.
Here we get a more expansive view of the concourse
And a shot of the frontage, little changed over time save for the signage. And the buses.
Back at Victoria again at the end of the day and Leonard Whiting watches Jean Simmons who has taken a seat in a First Class compartment. The VEP is in blue and grey livery which, along with orange curtains, mirrors and wood paneling was a real classic.
Jean Simmons’ view of her admirer, with what is probably a 4 CIG in the background