The Elephant Man
Filming on the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society
On the Elephant Man's return to London from his captivity in France, there is a brief train running scene (lasting only a few seconds) which was shot on the Severn Valley Railway. A distant shot across Trimpley Reservoir is followed by LMS Ivatt Class 2 46443 emerging from Arley Station Bridge having passed through the station at speed. 46443 carries the smokebox number 644, the same number used when the locomotive appeared in MRMidland Railway livery for the filming of The Thirty Nine Steps. The latter shot may be seen at the beginning of this YouTube clip.
Comparison of the two films confirms that both scenes in the Elephant Man used the same footage originally filmed tor The Thirty Nine Steps, although converted to black and white and using a consistent aspect ratio to match the rest of the film.