The Thirty Nine Steps

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Film poster for The Thirty Nine Steps (1978)

The Thirty Nine Steps was a 1978 film featuring Robert Powell as Richard Hannay. During the film Hannay flees to Scotland on a train, but is forced to make a daredevil escape on a bridge after police board the train.

Filming on the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society

The escape scene was filmed on Victoria Bridge using LMS Ivatt Class 2 46443 (in MRMidland Railway livery as No 644) and five of the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society's LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway carriages with 'Midland' stickers applied. The scene also featured the first film speaking part for an SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society 'extra' - the driver shouting out "Come on, there's another train due, come on!" was the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society's John Price.[1] Another SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society volunteer, Barrie Geens, played the part of a policeman during the search on the train, for which he was paid £7 a day for the week, plus "lots of free food".[2]

Earlier scenes for the film were also shot on the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society. These included Hannay boarding the train (filmed on the island platform at Bewdley), the train on the journey north filmed crossing Oldbury Viaduct, and passing through a station at speed (Bewdley again). The train is then stopped at another station (Highley) where the police come aboard the train.[3]

A television spin-off Hannay, also featuring Robert Powell, was filmed on the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society during 1987.

Gallery

See also

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

References

  1. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News 50
  2. Barrie Geens' recollections on the Unofficial SVR Facebook Group
  3. Stills on Reel Streets

Links

The Thirty Nine Steps on the Internet Movie Database
Stills taken from the film on ReelStreets.com