Dir: Karel Reisz
Starring: Jeremy Irons and Meryl Streep
In 1867, a man falls for the abandoned mistress of a French seaman
Based on the 1969 novel of the same name by John Fowles, this popular romantic drama features two stories that run parallel to each other, one is the story summarised above, whilst the other is a contemporary story about actors playing the characters. The ‘Victorian story’ has a scene filmed at Kingswear station, masquerading as ‘Exeter’, with ex-GWR 1400-series 0-4-2T No.1450 arriving with a train. The loco was visiting the Paignton and Dartmouth Railway specifically for filming as it normally resided on the South Devon Railway. The loco was built in 1935 and although old enough, is still too young for the period in which the film is set. The ‘present-day’ story includes a night scene at Windsor & Eton Central station. BR blue & grey-liveried Mk.2 coaching stock is visible in the platform and there is a glimpse of a locomotive at the bufferstops, but the angle is too acute to identify what type. The station also masquerades as ‘Exeter St David’s’ in an aid to continuity, yet neither station in the ‘past’ or ‘present’ scenes was actually Exeter!