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The Titfield Thunderbolt (1953) was a Comedy Film directed by Charles Crichton and produced by Michael Balcon and Michael Truman.

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The Titfield Thunderbolt (1953): A Review by Kyle Edwards

By Raquel Stecher on Nov 30, -0001 From Out of the Past - A Classic Film Blog

The Titfield Thunderbolt (1953) is an early-1950s British comedy which tells a story similar to many real occurrences throughout the world. After Britain's large, nationalized railroad company "British Railways" decides to cease operations over a rural branch line, a small group of concerned locals ... Read full article


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Mrs Valentine: Do you know what time it is?
Valentine: Yes, my love: summer double time.


Valentine: [proposing a toast] Our magnificent generals, General Gordon and General Booth.


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A replica locomotive was built on the chassis of a Bedford truck for the scene where the locomotive is seen driving down the road.
The locomotive, "Lion" was damaged during filming when the carriage train is reunited with the locomotive. The rear frame was bent by the force of the impact. The damage was still visible in 2001.
Before deciding on the Camerton branch, also used previously for Arnold Ridley's "The Ghost Train", various other lines were considered including the former East Kent and Kent & East Sussex. Both of these former Colonel Stephens' railways have been preserved in part and now operate as privately-owned Heritage railways
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Also directed by Charles Crichton




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