Dir: Leslie Howard
Starring: Rosamund John and Joan Greenwood
This documentary-drama follows seven women from different backgrounds who meet at an Auxiliary Territorial Service training camp
This wartime propaganda film has a good number of railway scenes but not all are identifiable. The opening scenes at London Waterloo feature an excellent shot of ‘King Arthur’ N15 Class 4-6-0 No.771 Sir Sagramore leaving on an express though there is a lot of studio work in this sequence. Back-projection during the journey produces images of some railway carriages, but there is a struggle to identify anything else. There then follows a run by of LNER B17 ‘Footballer’ Class 4-6-0 No.2848 Arsenal on an express and a shot of LMS 7F Class 0-8-0 No.9007 crossing a level crossing tender first on a mineral train. This was filmed at Fenny Stratford, Buckinghamshire, on the Bedford-Bletchley line. There is also a shot of an unknown express passing a signal box, the railway bridge in the centre of Chalvey, near Slough, and a slow moving mixed goods in a dockyard setting, with no locomotive visible.