Dir: Michael Crichton
Starring: Sean Connery and Donald Sutherland
In 1855, a ruthless crook picks a gang to rob the London-Folkestone express
All the railway scenes for this frequently shown caper film where shot in Ireland. Dublin Heuston was used for all the ‘London Bridge’ scenes, including a number of atmospheric night shots, and Cork station appeared as ‘Folkestone Harbour’. All the train journey scenes were filmed at various locations on the CIE system, including Moate which appeared as ‘Ashford’. Moate was located on the former Midland Great Western Railway’s Dublin-Galway route via Mullingar and closed in 1987. Preserved GSR Class J15 0-6-0 No.184 was the loco that was used in the film, painted in a fictional livery based on that of the South Eastern Railway. It was renumbered No.134 and was equipped with dummy side frames which lay in Mullingar shed for many years after. The four-wheel coaches and vans were created specially by the production company. They paid to have mock carriage bodies built onto the frames of redundant old long-wheelbase flat wagons, yet the plywood bodies really looked the part. The other preserved J15 No.186 also makes an appearance in the film but is particularly noticeable in the closing scenes filmed at Cork.