THE RAINBOW JACKET

GB
1954
1hr 39mins
Dir: Basil Dearden
Starring: Robert Morley and Kay Walsh

A champion jockey, having forfeited his own career by taking a bribe, takes a young rider under his wing

This Ealing sporting drama features a scene at London Liverpool Street station with a going-away shot of an express hauled by a BR Standard Class 7MT ‘Britannia’ 4-6-2, and then an arrival scene at Newmarket station with a train formed of carmine and cream-liveried coaching stock. However, the brief scene inside the train shows a different scenario altogether. The back-projection through the window shows Paddington New Yard at Westbourne Park with the goods depot full of wagons and vans! Video 125’s Steam on 35mm Volume 2 includes an alternative departure shot of a ‘Britannia’ leaving Liverpool Street, and a more complete take of the Newmarket arrival, which reveals the loco to be an ex-LNER B1 Class 4-6-0.

A BR ‘Britannia’ leaves Liverpool Street at the start of its journey.
Fella Edmonds on a train with Paddington New Yard outside the window
Fella Edmonds on the platform at Newmarket. Notice the BR Eastern Region dark blue enamel sign for ‘Bury & Ipswich Trains’.