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  • Andrew P.M. Wright

Purbeck Railway Circle / Purbeck Film Festival Meeting

Our next meeting is on Friday 18th November and held in conjunction with the Purbeck Film Festival. The evening will feature two railway themed presentations with an interval between.

Railways Recalled - A Selection of Archive 16mm Films from the Collection of John Snell - Introduced by Roger Hardingham of Kingfisher Films

John Snell was a follower of railways since childhood and was involved in preservation for many years on the Tallylyn and the Romney. Hythe and Dymchurch Railways.

He recorded everyday scenes – from freight trains on narrow gauge lines in Purbeck to express trains on the Western Region. Included in this DVD of re-mastered 16mm films are scenes on Hopton Incline and even a trip to France.

Duration 50 minutes approximately

Interval when tea and coffee will be available

The General - starring Buster Keaton. Based on the 1863 book "The Great Locomotive Chase" by William Pittenger.

The General is a 1926 American silent comedy released by United Artists. It was inspired by the Great Locomotive Chase, a true story of an event that occurred during the American Civil War in 1862. The story was adapted from the memoir The Great Locomotive Chase by William Pittenger.

At the time of its initial release, The General, an action-adventure-comedy made toward the end of the silent era, was not well received by critics and audiences, resulting in mediocre box office returns. The General has since been re-evaluated, and is now often ranked among the greatest American films ever made.

One of the engines used during the making of the film, the ‘Texas was wrecked toward the end of the film and the production company left the wreckage in the river bed after the scene was filmed. The wrecked locomotive became a minor tourist attraction for nearly twenty years, until it was salvaged in 1944–45 for scrap during World War II.

Duration 70 minutes approximately.   

The Circle meets in Harmans Cross Village Hall, Haycrafts Lane, Harmans Cross at 7.00 for 7.30 pm. Tea/coffee/biscuits and a Railway orientated raffle will be provided as usual

Tickets: £6 and £5 (SRT members, students & under 25’s) .

For further information regarding this presentation and/or the PRC please contact the PRC Chairman at:

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