The Wrecker

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The Wrecker is a British play, written in 1924 by Arnold Ridley and filmed in 1928-29. Much later Ridley played Private Godfrey in Dad's Army.

The play is about an old engine driver who thinks his engine is malevolent and self-aware. The finale is a huge train wreck using elaborate stage special-effects as per The Ghost Train, an earlier and more famous play by Ridley. The play ran for 165 performances at St. Martin's Lane Theatre

The play was adapted as a film under the same title released in 1929. It featured a spectacular crash between a passenger train and a Foden steam lorry stuck on a level crossing. The scene was filmed at Herriard on the Basingstoke and Alton Light Railway, in one take, and destroyed both the steam wagon and the SECR F1 Class locomotive.[1]

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  1. ^ Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (1984). Branch Lines to Alton. Midhurst, West Sussex: Middleton Press. ISBN 0906520118. 

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