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Mystery location

Postby David Goddard » Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:34 pm

Posting on behalf of someone who has forwarded the details to me:

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The images attached are rather poor quality stills from a short piece of WW2 archive film. I have seen this film more than once in the past but never with any description. I do not have a video of the original source but it was incorporated into the 2015 ITV programme "Churchill - the 100 days that saved Britain"


The archive sequence runs from about 20m 30s to 21:05. The railway scenes, very brief, are at about 20:58.

Does anyone know where it was filmed?

It is possible that other scenes – soldiers in the streets and what looks very much like a northern (or Welsh) landscape – could have been cobbled together from any number of reels and that the railway scene is anywhere but there appears to be a continuity to the film.

On the video the loco looks like it could be a small GW type – Manor or Mogul. The wooden station building appears to be in GW chocolate and cream. There might be a tunnel through that hill in the background – is that little white patch smoke drifting out? With a little faith one can make out a signal box on the left of the tracks beyond the platform. And is the train crossing a road bridge – beyond the platform the land on the right drops away and there are what could be the chimneys of buildings.

The soldiers may be from the Royal Welsh Fusiliers – there is a close-up in the sequence in which two are clearly wearing the RWF cap badge. The soot-blackened church entrance and that distinctive poster might also be a clue.

A lot of 'mights'.

My thanks in anticipation – I hope you can help.
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Re: Mystery location

Postby MIKER » Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:31 pm

David - Almost certainly Ambergate looking toward Crich Stand and Matlock.
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Re: Mystery location

Postby pdeaves » Sat Oct 21, 2017 6:06 pm

In another forum, someone investigated the credits and established that it was Wentworth and Holyland.

This video has the railway scenes at the start (http://www.yorkshirefilmarchive.com/film/dear-sergeant-or-story-rough-riding-motorcycling-course) with loads of fascinating military motorcycle riding after.
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Re: Mystery location

Postby Ian Prince » Sat Oct 21, 2017 8:59 pm

I presume you mean Wentworth and Hoyland, (ex Midland Rly) closed 2nd Nov 1959?
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