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

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Suggestions and resolved queries

It might also be an idea to include TV advertisements. Boldford (talk) 19:58, 26 January 2015 (UTC)

Definitely - and music videos if there are any. Some of the entries probably deserve their own pages - God's Wonderful Railway definitely does because it was so SVRSevern Valley Railway-specific. --WillSalt (talk) 20:00, 26 January 2015 (UTC)

I seem to remember in one of the "Doctor" comedy series that Doctor Bingham (Richard O'Sullivan) got his foot stuck in a gap at a level crossing - the one to the water works just north of Hampton Loade. Think the GWRGreat Western Railway railcar was the "train". Remember it? Sharpo (talk) 21:16, 26 January 2015 (UTC)

Don't forget Guy Martin. I remember seeing him being filmed on the platform at Kidderminster, and he also appeared on TV "helping" at Bridgnorth MPDMotive Power Depot. Sharpo (talk) 22:23, 28 January 2015 (UTC)

Didn't he get a footplate ride (including mandatory frying of food on shovel) and a bit of work with the PWPermanent Way at Arley? I remember the latter involved a sharp telling off by one of the PWPermanent Way men for not standing clear of the track when the lookout sounded the horn to warn of an oncoming train! --Danny252 (talk) 09:48, 29 January 2015 (UTC)
Added - I notice it was series 1 episode 1 so he started with the best!--Robin (talk) 11:38, 29 January 2015 (UTC) mentions "Game of Shadows" & "Dancing on the Edge". Sharpo (talk) 22:47, 28 January 2015 (UTC)

Did that episode of Countryfile, involving someone hanging off one of our viaducts, ever get aired? --Danny252 (talk) 09:48, 29 January 2015 (UTC)

Clip on youtube of it:- Sharpo (talk) 12:04, 29 January 2015 (UTC)

The Wikipedia Severn Valley Railway Page has a section on the SVRSevern Valley Railway on film and TV which has a few more that might be worth including.--Robin (talk) 11:38, 29 January 2015 (UTC)

I am convinced that an episode of the children's series "Rosie and Jim" featured their canal boat going under Victoria Bridge with 8233 stopping on the bridge and whistling. I can't find it anywhere though. Anyone else want to try? --Patrick Hearn (talk) 16:55, 19 December 2016 (UTC)

It's not the obvious "Steam Train" episode, which was filmed on the Battlefield Line. I haven't found any reference to the SVRSevern Valley Railway in connection with R&J, although I haven't sat down to watch all 176 episodes either! --Robin (talk) 17:55, 10 January 2017 (UTC)
This did get resolved, per the article it was Series 1 Episode 19, titled 'Steam'.--Robin (talk) 23:01, 16 February 2021 (UTC)

Current queries

Inside Severn Valley Railway

I came across a Wikipedia page for a 6 part series called 'Inside Severn Valley Railway'. There is a 30 second trailer on Vimeo. It was scheduled to air in late 2015, however I do not not remember any publicity either for the filming or broadcasting of it. Does anyone else remember this one?--Robin (talk) 13:19, 9 January 2017 (UTC)

I've never heard of it, but I do know "Severn Valley volunteer Nick Wright"... I shall make enquiries! --Danny252 (talk) 13:52, 9 January 2017 (UTC)
The internet makes enquiries rather quick these days! The show is by Studio Vega Myst Productions, and is currently in post-production. --Danny252 (talk) 13:55, 9 January 2017 (UTC)
Thanks - look forward to seeing it when it airs. Hopefully the SVRSevern Valley Railway will get some advance notice so it can be advertised in the same way as the Scotsman programme was. --Robin (talk) 17:55, 10 January 2017 (UTC)
I've not seen anything since so assume this never made it to broadcast.--Robin (talk) 22:58, 16 February 2021 (UTC)

Official and promotional videos

The official and promotional videos section has had nothing added since Jan 2019. The SVRSevern Valley Railway now regularly produces material, I’ve counted around 30 in the last 12 months with 3 currently in edit. I’m minded to cover this with a note that says from around 2020 the SVRSevern Valley Railway moved into frequent videos and not seek to list them all? Thoughts please?--Patrick Hearn (talk) 21:33, 16 February 2021 (UTC)

If there's that many then my feeling would be not to list them all as you say, or if we do want to list them them do a 'main article' link and move them to a separate page. I similarly wonder about the TV News and Documentary section; I'm thinking about emphasising the Documentary aspect (the longer Fred Dibnah/Michael Portillo/Guy Martin type programmes) and moving the 5-minute Midlands Today interview type stuff to a sub-page.--Robin (talk) 22:58, 16 February 2021 (UTC)
Thanks. Pro tem I've split the news items to a new sub-heading (so there's no issue with breaking links) and added the commentary to the promo videos, as suggested--Patrick Hearn (talk) 11:19, 17 February 2021 (UTC)

Mad Dogs

Wikipedia claims this was filmed at HL but there is no reference[1]. Any ideas? --Patrick Hearn (talk) 23:47, 9 January 2017 (UTC)

I wonder if it's actually referring to the episode "Mad Dog" from Survivors? --Danny252 (talk) 11:35, 10 January 2017 (UTC)
I think that is quite likely. I'd spent some time previously looking for references to Mad Dogs in conjunction with the SVRSevern Valley Railway, but without success. The filming info in the Hampton Loade entry on Wikipedia was rather iffy; I'd already edited it to remove "Oh Brother" which was filmed at Arley. Also take your pick on which unspecified 70's serial it refers to. --Robin (talk) 17:46, 10 January 2017 (UTC)

John Axom

On 1 September 1971 8233 was briefly renumbered 48188 for a film concerning the heroism of Driver John Axon G.C. who was killed when the real 48188 ran away at Chapel-en-le-Frith in 1957. Filming involving freight train scenes took place on 1 September 1971.[1] Details the resulting film are required.

David Cooke has a photo. A search shows 1971 saw the release of The Ballad of John Axon and it's possible it could be related to this?--Patrick Hearn (talk) 13:29, 26 July 2020 (UTC)
I suppose it could be. The text in David's book doesn't mention any sort of music connection and 1971 was a bit before the era of the music video, especially for folk musicians. Maybe the release of MacColl's album generated interest and resulted in a TV documentary on Axon (or a TV documentary on Axon resulted in MacColl's album!). I haven't found anything film related via Google, Youtube or the IMDB. As a side note, I see David's own photo has the 48188 cab number but 8233's own smokebox number. The photo on p.44. of David's book (credited to A Wilkinson) has the loco chimney first with a 48188 smokebox number at the head of a freight train alongside Pan Pudding Hill. --Robin (talk) 23:05, 26 July 2020 (UTC)
  1. Williams (1974) p. 44.