Goodnight Mister Tom

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7325 at 'Weirwold' (Kidderminster) in June 2019
Goodnight Mister Tom was a 1998 made-for-TV Movie featuring John Thaw (The Sweeney, Inspector Morse, etc.), from the novel by Michelle Magorian. The plot concerns the developing friendship between a shy young WWII evacuee and the disgruntled old man with whom he is housed[1].

The fictional station in the story is Little Weirwold, although the film had a 'Weirwold' running in board.[2] Filming on the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society took place at Arley. The locomotive used was GWR Mogul 7325, 'weathered' in an attempt to camouflage the post-War BRBritish Rail or British Railways livery[3]. In another scene, a busy London station was needed, with Loughborough station on the Great Central Railway being chosen. However, 7325 was not able to follow the film crews; instead, 7325's number plates were temporarily transferred to GCRGreat Central Railway resident 'Modified Hall' 6990 Witherslack Hall, with a number of other differences being visible to the experienced eye!

During the "Step Back to the 1940s" event in June/July 2019, 7325 was available for footplate visits and photographs outside for the first time in many years when displayed in the dock platform at Kidderminster. The platform included a "Weirwold" running in board in tribute to the film.

See also

List of film and TV productions filmed on the Severn Valley Railway


  1. Internet Movie Database
  2. Image from Kirsten Shell on Facebook, 29 May 2019
  3. IMDb forum


List of fictional railway stations in Wikipedia