Dir: Guy Green
Starring: Richard Attenborough and Pier Angeli
A factory worker suffers victimisation at work when he refuses to join in on strike action
The opening scene of this pretty good drama features ex-LMS Fowler Class 3P 2-6-2T No.40010 arriving at Willesden Junction (Low Level) station, which is masquerading in the film as ‘Melsham’. The shots include a very unusual low angle view of the train approaching a camera placed in the ‘four foot’, along with a shot of the footbridge and the station approach road. There is a brief shot of newspapers arriving at the station later on in the film, and at the very end, there is a shot of another train departing from the same platforms. Suburban stock appears in this final scene, one of which is No.24459, one of the old LMS suburban brake thirds converted to push-pull use. Although the loco is visible at the head of the train as it pulls out it is not identifiable, though it looks to be another Fowler tank. The low level platforms of Willesden Junction on the West Coast main line were closed in 1962 and quickly demolished. Modern day comparisons can therefore not be replicated. Ian Allen kindly contacted me with an OS map of the period showing the unusual, though not unique, single through road with platforms on either side that is seen in the film, thereby helping to confirm the location.