The Fasting Girl

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LNWRLondon & North Western Railway 1439 was used in filming (Wikimedia Commons)

The Fasting Girl was a BBC 2 Wales TV drama broadcast in 1984.[1] It was a dramatisation of newspaper reports in The Times from 1869 concerning a 13 year old Welsh girl, Sarah Jacobs, who was claimed to have fasted, with no significant loss of health, for more than two years until her death[2].

Filming on the SVRSevern Valley Railway

NRM's LNWRLondon & North Western Railway Ramsbottom 0-4-0ST No 1439 was loaned to the SVRSevern Valley Railway for filming which took place in May 1983 at Arley, renamed Pencader for the production[3].

A brief extract is featured in an ABC TV trailer on YouTube, though with no obvious SVRSevern Valley Railway connection.

See also

List of film and TV productions


  1. TVRDB TV listing
  3. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 68


Railalbum images of 1439 at Arley 16 October 1983
Steam locomotive, number 1439, National Railway Museum website
ABC trailer on YouTube
Carradice, P., 'Sarah Jacobs: the fasting girl', BBC Wales Blogs, 14 March 2011