GB 1973 1hr 45mins Dir: David Hemmings Starring: Jack Wild and June Brown
A film portraying the fate of fourteen children after they are orphaned following the death of their single mother
This grim drama has a lot of action that centres around the old disused sidings adjacent to Portobello Junction on the Great Western main line out of London Paddington. In some scenes, there are close up shots of a couple of moribund wagons in the form of minerals and an old tank. In another scene, a Class 31 diesel passes by in close up, whilst in a view from track level, formations of Class 117 DMU’s are passing. In the background of other scenes main line traffic is visible passing beneath the A40 Westway and although much blue & grey coaching stock is seen, locos remain tantalisingly out of glimpse. Several Class 117 DMUs are, however, captured calling at the main line platforms of Westbourne Park station, which was still open at the time. In another shot, a Metropolitan Line train of C stock can be seen partly obscured by the back of Westbourne Park Underground station. These are very interesting scenes as the whole area has been completely redeveloped today. In several views, the old disused former Westbourne Park signal box can be seen awaiting demolition. It should be noted that some versions of the film appear to omit the original opening sequence, which centres on the children openly playing on a live railway line. Such blatant trespass should of course be discouraged, and such antics from the film-makers would not be allowed to take place today.