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2hrs 25mins
Dir: Andrew Adamson
Starring: William Moseley and Tilda Swinton

Four evacuated children find a magical world through a wardrobe

This lavish and hugely successful version of the children’s classic saga has little ‘real’ railway action. Most of the opening scenes reveal the wonders of modern CGI techniques with the overview of London Paddington station mixing real footage of the platforms with computer imagery of GWR trains and hordes of people. There are, however, a number of genuine shots of a GWR passenger service on the Severn Valley Railway hauled by ‘Manor’ Class 4-6-0 No.7802 Bradley Manor. One shot is of the train crossing Oldbury Viaduct and Highley station appears several times (playing the part of ‘Pewsey’ though the nameboard still reads Highley), but for such an English story these were the only scenes filmed in the UK. ‘Coombe Halt’, for instance, is not the Coombe Halt on the Looe branch, but is actually in New Zealand, where a lot of location work took place. The GWR train pulling out of Paddington is (possibly?) another shot of the ‘Manor’ filmed on the Severn Valley which was then superimposed into a computer-generated image of a railway, and the close up shots of the carriages and those scenes onboard the train were in fact filmed in the studio. Unfortunately, this opening sequence is rather poor when compared to other films using CGI with most shots repeated at random several times over. This was the first of the film series based on C. S. Lewis’s epic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia, and the only one to feature railway scenes. The second Narnia film which followed, The Chronicles of Narnia Prince Caspian, did feature a scene on the London Underground, but it was nothing more than a studio set, though a very detailed one at that, which shows what can be achieved with computers and a stage set.

This overall shot of Paddington station is not all that it is made out to be. The trains and passengers are a computer generated effect.
Bradley Manor powers out of Paddington. Well, not really, because this is a computer generated railway scene that includes some third rail electrification to the tracks on the right!! It is possible that the loco itself is also fake (but more likely a random GWR train).
There are some genuine shots in the opening railway sequence. This is Bradley Manor being filmed from a moving vehicle on the adjacent road.
The river Severn is on the left as the train takes the children away on the start of their adventure together
The train arrives at ‘Pewsey’ station, which is really Highley as evidenced by the nameboard.
As the title of the film appears on screen, Bradley Manor passes behind the words
The train seen in all its finery somewhere on the Severn Valley Railway
The train passes over Oldbury Viaduct, Bridgnorth, and thus ends the UK railway scenes