Alexander Seal

The Titfield Thunderbolt

The Titfield Thunderbolt

Directed by: Charles Crichton
Writing credits: T.E.B. Clark
Genre: Comedy

Tagline: The Comedy Hit of the Year!

Plot Outline: When a small rail branch line is threatened with closure, a group of villagers band together to run it themselves, in the face of opposition from a bus company.

Runtime: 84 min
Country: UK
Language: English
Color: Color (Technicolor)
Sound Mix: Mono (RCA Sound System)



In the last sequence, some men are playing cricket as the Titfield Thunderbolt makes its winning run to Mallingford. Abandoning their game, they rush to the embankment to see the train go by. The scene shows the batsman at the crease being distracted as the train appears in the distance, and being clean bowled as a result. However, although the bails on the wicket fall to the ground, the ball bowled by the bowler clearly sails more than a foot above the wicket.


Sam Weech: They can't close our line, it's unthinkable
Gordon: What about the old Canterbury-Whitstable line? They closed that.
Sam Weech: Perhaps there were not men of sufficient faith in Canterbury.

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

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

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The Line:

Carriage Shed
Level Crossing (Ungated)
Canal Cottages
Titfield Station
P.W. Hut
Dan's Coach 03:10
Canal bridge
Derailment point

Rail over river(?) 28:06

Midford Rail over road :1:09:xx
Midford Viaduct 1:09:40
Midford road goes under rail 15:47

Water tower, river at the front 29:10,37:06

Level Crossing high at the front -\- then cuves to front 31:15

Road over Rail Bridge road runs down in front 15:14

Curve road to rear 15:30

Road goes over rail 15:56

High embankment, road at front goes under rail 16:10

Chickens 1:15:xx

Cricket Pitch 1:17:12