Ghost Train, The (1931)

Date: 1931
Director: Walter Forde
Production Company: Gainsborough Pictures

Stars: Jack Hulbert, Cicely Courtneidge, Ann Todd, Cyril Raymond
Location(s): Gwynedd (Wales), Somerset

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Storyline:

A group of passengers are stranded at an isolated station and become involved with gun runners.

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Screen captures uploaded by Phil Wilkinson

 

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Passengers alight at the remote Fal Vale station. Camerton station on the Camerton Branch of the Bristol and North Somerset Railway.

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The same, unrecognisable location captured by Robin Wareham.

Teddy Deakin (Jack Hulbert) watches the train depart after being berated by the guard. Facing east at Camerton station in Somerset.

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Robin provides this shot of the same place.

Saul Hodgkin (Donald Calthrop), the Station Master, walks onto the platform. To the right stands Camerton's signal box on the line running between Hallatrow and Limpley Stoke in Somerset. Dave Buckley tells us that the route was also used in 'The Titfield Thunderbolt'.

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From almost the same spot by Robin, slightly off angle due to buildings that have sprung up during the intervening years. The homeowner, who has lived there since he was a boy, advises that the track is about 3 metres below the back garden.

The passengers pick up their luggage and go into the small booking hall as thunder warns of a coming storm. The station stood between Red Hill and Bridge Place Road in Camerton.

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A final comparison by Robin Wareham.

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As the 'Ghost Train' hurtles through the station, Teddy runs to the signal box to help open the swing bridge further up the line. The route through Camerton closed completely in February 1951.

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A shot of Barmouth Viaduct over Afon Mawddach and the open swing bridge that awaits the gun runner's train. Barmouth in Gwynedd, Wales.

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