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Candleshoe was a 1977 Walt Disney Productions live action family film starring David Niven, Helen Hayes, Jodie Foster and Leo McKern. The film was based on the Michael Innes novel 'Christmas at Candleshoe'.[1] Filming on the SVRSevern Valley Railway took place in October 1976, using GWR Small Prairie 4566 and three GWRGreat Western Railway carriages.

The film's plot involved a picture being hidden aboard a train, which is chased by a vintage 1924 Rolls Royce chauffeured by David Niven. In the final chase scene, 4566 is seen leaving ‘Hambleden’ (Arley), crossing Hay Bridge, passing Eardington Road Bridge and crossing Victoria Bridge before arriving at Waterworks Crossing where Niven's character parks the Rolls Royce on the crossing and flags the engine to a stop. An excerpt featuring this scene may be seen on YouTube.

The day of filming which ended at Waterworks Crossing was the subject of an article by Brian Moone in SVRSevern Valley Railway News 43. All the shots in the film featured the ‘real’ 4566 apart from the final shot of David Niven being sandwiched between the locomotive’s buffers and the car, for which a wooden mock-up of the front of 4566 was used. Graham Nangreave and Roger Scanlon were the driver and fireman on the day; SVRSevern Valley Railway members Tom McGee and Gilbert Cooke appeared in those roles as ‘extras’ while other SVRSevern Valley Railway members including Syd Anderson and Columb Howell were also featured.[2]

See also

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


  2. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 43


Candleshoe on Internet Movie Database
Chase sequence on YouTube