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1hr 33mins
Dir: Steve Sekely
Starring: Howard Keel and Nicole Maurey

A meteor blinds almost everyone in the world and alien plants wreak havoc

This science-fiction film is broadly based on John Wyndham’s 1951 post-apocalyptic novel and features a chilling scene whereby an express train ploughs into the buffer stops at a terminus station after the footplate crew have been blinded. This was filmed at London Marylebone using a BR Standard ‘Black Five’ Class 5MT 4-6-0 as motive power with the subsequent crash using a studio set. The train’s arrival was captured on film and then speeded-up for use in the sequence, the original shot at normal speed can be found on the Video 125 DVD Steam on 35mm.

Howard Keel walks into Marylebone station
A ‘Black Five’ storms into Marylebone station and is only moments from destruction