Magazine article Screen International

All aboard the Elstree Express

Magazine article Screen International

All aboard the Elstree Express

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The new "Elstree Studios" named train is likely to set the pulses of trainspotter movie buffs racing.

UK train company First Capital Connect recently unveiled their excitingly named new train, the 'Elstree Studios', marking the longstanding history between the studio and the train line it was built on.

If you think about it, trains and films have proved a successful partnership for decades, ever since the silent movie days, when Buster Keaton risked life and limb for a few laughs in The General. From thrillers like Strangers on a Train and The Taking of Pelham 123, to hilarious road- (or should that be track-?) movies like Midnight Run and, well, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, the railways have provided cinema with some of the greatest story lines of all time.

And indeed, without the help of the railway, films like Star Wars, The Kings Speech, and Indiana Jones could never have been made at the now legendary Elstree and Borehamwood studios. …

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