Dir: Tom Beckwith Phillips
Starring: Yumi Lambert and Mark Ryder
As she travels by train to advertise a soft drink, a hot-pink corporate mascot with amnesia is framed for theft
This short fantasy drama is an intriguing little number that also goes by the alternative, and somewhat ridiculous title of The Gummer Gooseberry Bubble Beverage Incident. It is a very elaborate tale that has only a little dialogue to go with the accompanying musical score. It is worth seeking out for its colour alone, though there is much to occupy the rail enthusiast. The majority of the film takes place on a train journey on the Bluebell Railway, and it all begins with a photo shoot at Sheffield Park station. The train is hauled by former Southern Railway Q Class 0-6-0 No.30541, and there are plenty of artistic shots filmed onboard. Note that in one elevated view of the train’s arrival into Sheffield Park, Maunsell U Class 2-6-0 No.1638 is standing in the adjacent platform with what looks to be one of the line’s ‘Terrier’ 0-6-0 tanks.