The Thirty Nine Steps

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Film poster for The Thirty Nine Steps (1978)

The Thirty Nine Steps was a 1978 film featuring Robert Powell as Richard Hannay. During the film Hannay flees to Scotland on a train, but is forced to make a daredevil escape on a bridge when police board. The scene was filmed on Victoria Bridge using LMS Ivatt Class 2 46443 (in MRMidland Railway livery as No 644) and five of the SVRSevern Valley Railway's LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway carriages with 'Midland' stickers applied. The scene also featured the first film speaking part for an SVRSevern Valley Railway 'extra' - the driver shouting out "Come on, there's another train due, come on!" was the SVRSevern Valley Railway's John Price[1]. Another SVRSevern Valley Railway volunteer, Barrie Geens, played the part of a policeman during the search on the train, for which he was paid £7 a day for the week, plus "lots of free food"[2]

A television spin-off Hannay, also featuring Robert Powell, was filmed on the SVRSevern Valley Railway during 1987.


See also

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


  1. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 50
  2. Barrie Geens' recollections on the Unofficial SVR Facebook Group


The Thirty Nine Steps on YouTube
The Thirty Nine Steps on the Internet Movie Database