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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 38 - Spring / Summer 1979
Quainton on Film
There are two Rolls-Royces outside the station! - Tony Lyster
At about 6.30 pm on Christmas Eve, I received a phone call from a gentleman wanting to film at Quainton on the following Friday - just five days away. In a normal week this would not have been so bad, but for which obvious reasons I could not phone other members till Boxing Day by which time nobody was answering. So it was not until the Wednesday that I could ring him back with further details.
Fortunately, he was prepared to make use of what was available at such short notice - so on Friday morning, 29th December, I was at Quainton by nine o'clock making final preparations. After some difficulty, the diesel was started and the Pannier was put on the front of the train displaying its brass cabsides and whistles. The train make up was the GNR brake, LCDR 4-wheeler, GCR 6-wheeler and the LNW brake. During the necessary shunting, the camera and sound recording crews arrived and set up their equipment - transforming the Brill platform into a film set.
The filming was for a song to be released by the Brotherhood of Man called Goodbye, Goodbye in which they walk over the footbridge. Two of them get into the train (the Chatham actually) and the other two wave goodbye as the train pulls out and then return over the footbridge. This may sound simple, but it involved about five hours filming which, when developed, will take 3½ minutes to show and will be used for visual booking on programmes such as Top of the Pops. Unfortunately, it will only be seen in this country if the song is a smash hit. White smoke from a greenhouse fumigation pellet was blown across the camera lens to imitate a steam filled platform!
As many will realise, our locomotives had been stripped down for winter maintenance, so the diesel was used to pull the train out of the platform countless times while oily rags were burnt into the Pannier's smokebox.
We seem to have impressed them all with what we did, our facilities and with our railway centre generally. In conclusion, I should like to thank those members who responded so readily to my phone calls. Special thanks must go to John Carter, who gave up a whole day of his holiday to drive the diesel at only 24 hours notice. My apologies go to Ray Horsley, who was planning to work in the shop all day, but couldn't as it was in use as a sound recordists store and as a shelter from the rain which fell most of the time.
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