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

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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 RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society-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 RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society on film and TV which has a few more that might be worth including.--Robin (talk) 11:38, 29 January 2015 (UTC)

Current queries

Rosie and Jim

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 RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society 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)

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 RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society 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)

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 RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society, 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.