GB 1960 1hr 43mins Dir: Jack Cardiff Starring: Trevor Howard and Wendy Hiller
A Nottingham miner’s son learns about life and love
This classic drama is really rather good and is a film adaptation of the 1913 D. H. Lawrence novel of the same name. ‘Bestwood’ station in the film is in fact Longmoor Downs, on the Longmoor Military Railway, and there are some good shots of the station and yard. Trains appear in these scenes that are formed of vintage suburban stock, and the locomotive at the head of one train is one of the LMR’s Hunslet ‘Austerity’ 0-6-0ST’s. In an added touch of detail, the platform staff have ‘MR’ initials applied to their uniforms and a brake van and flat wagon in the yard have had their LMR lettering amended to read ‘MR’. In a later fight scene at night a passenger train passes in the background hauled by another ‘Austerity Saddle’, but the wagons in the background to this scene still have their LMR lettering. In addition to these scenes, there is a distant view of a short coal train being hauled through the landscape by an unidentified tank loco, and a night scene filmed adjacent to Weekday Cross Junction on the former Great Central Railway main line in Nottingham. In this instance, a local train passes hauled by an ex-LNER J6 Class 0-6-0.