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« on: September 24, 2010, 12:57:21 AM »

While fiddling around on YouTube again, I came across some clips of this British railway comedy from 1937. I don't have the whole film available, but what I can see looks like a classic.

First, a bit of background:,_Mr_Porter

What I could find (hope they are in correct sequence, couldn't really tell they way they showed up on YouTube):


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« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2010, 11:40:09 AM »

That is where I got my user name from!
The movie may seem a little dated now, as tastes in comedy have changed over the years, but I still enjoy watching it. No bad language, no sexual innuendo, and the interaction between the three main characters is excellent. Thanks for the links.

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« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2010, 02:16:42 PM »

The full length movie is available in several parts on daily motion.


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this Doctor doesn't shut railways down

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« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2010, 03:10:44 PM »

has anyone else seen "Oh Doctor Beeching!"? its theme is the one from "Oh Mr. Porter." great show, shame it only lasted two seasons.

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« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2010, 09:40:25 PM »

Although set in Northern Ireland, no actual filming was done in Northern Ireland - the railway station used in filming was the disused Cliddesden railway station on the Basingstoke and Alton Light Railway, which had closed to goods in 1936.[4] Filming took place from mid-June 1937 and lasted approximately two months.

The Basingstoke and Alton Light Railway was a railway in Hampshire, UK, opened on Saturday, 1 June 1901, with no formal ceremony.  It was the first railway to be enabled by an Order of the Light Railway Commission under the Light Railways Act of 1896.  Despite its closure in January 1917, and the removal of much of the track, the line was re-opened, largely because of pressure from local landowners, farmers and agricultural workers, in August 1924 (after track was re-laid). Passenger services ended in 1932. A goods service from Basingstoke as far as Bentworth and Lasham continued until 1936. The whole of the line was then dismantled, except for short stubs at either end - from Basingstoke to Thorneycrofts factory, and from Butts Junction to Alton Park. These short stretches were used for goods traffic until 1967.

Butts Junction was on the now preserved section of the steam heritage Mid Hants Railway.


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« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2010, 10:34:15 AM »

Will Hay's passion was astronomy. The most prominent white spot on Jupiter of the last century was discovered by him.
The 'real' Gladstone was the Hawthorn Leslie 2-4-0T Northiam.
The wheeltapping scene was filmed at Hertford North station.
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