GB 1945 1hr 13mins Dir: Sidney Gilliat Starring: John Mills and Jean Kent
A soldier goes AWOL to sort out his wife’s relationship with a crook
This wartime romantic drama has stood the test of time rather well and as its name suggests, it was set in and around the confines of London Waterloo station. There are some very, very, good shots of trains passing into and out of the terminus during the opening credit sequence and amongst the 4 SUB electric units, an M7 Class 0-4-4T leaves with one van and ‘Lord Nelson’ LN Class 4-6-0 No.864 Sir Martin Frobisher leaves on an express. V Class ‘Schools’ 4-4-0 No.932 Blundell’s is seen arriving and a real rarity in the form of N15X ‘Remembrance’ Class 4-6-0 No.2332 Stroudley is pulling out with another express. Only seven N15Xs were ever built. John Mills escapes the military police by leaping from a departing 4 COR EMU and runs across the tracks narrowly missing an H Class 0-4-4T running light. The 4 COR is set No.3145 and it is working a headcode 8 service, Waterloo-Portsmouth Harbour (not stopping at Havant) via Woking. Also visible at various other points in the film are another ‘Lord Nelson’, a ‘King Arthur’ N15 Class 4-6-0, and many pre-war suburban three and four-car EMU’s. Perhaps not surprisingly some London trams appear, including a good shot of one working Route 33 (Manor House-West Norwood), and there are also some scenes depicting an air raid shelter purportedly filmed at Waterloo Underground station, though most of it appears to be a set. Finally, many trains, largely in the form of electric units, are seen in the background to a number of scenes filmed at the family’s house, but the wagons of a freight train also feature.