There hasn't been many films or TV programmes over the years where "Thumpers" have been used but one exception to the rule is the " Great St Trinians Train Robbery".
Filmed in 1966 on the Longmoor Military Railway, near Liss in Hampshire, most railway enthusiasts know the film for its use of the 0-6-0ST Austerities, which were used in the escape at the end of the film; but other trains were also featured.
In the opening scenes there was a WD 2-10-0 No 601 "Kitchener", which was painted a mock British Railways green.
There was also a sequence where the Headmistress and the other teachers stole Wickham Trolly No 9033 and ended up racing into a tunne,l only to be chased out by and English Electric shunter (similar to a BR Class 11) No 878 Basra.
But for me it gets interesting when the police turn up and commandeer a train, which just happens to be DEMU 1102
1102 ready for the off, just before the police turned up to requisition the train.
The Great St Trinians
Many of the shots in the film were just a few seconds and here are a few which shows 1102 shooting past.
After the Wickham entered the tunnel it was chased out by this Class 11 AD878 Basra.
This wasn't a BR painted locomotive, as the Army had purchased a small fleet of these direct from English Electric,
Sadly this engine was scrapped but another one of the Longmoor Class 11's AD601 survives on the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway in Cumbria.
68011 was the other Austerity. This one was stolen by the girls and the van attached to the back is the loot.
68011 was better known as WD196 Errol Lonsdale, when it was based on the South Devon Railway it was repainted into this guise and carried the number 68011
(inset) With the presence of unusual motive power the LMR men took no hesitation in getting to grips with new traction.
In the cab can be seen Ssgt John Poyntz who later in civilian life became the Railway Inspector appointed by the HMRI who was responsible for preserved railways
The Wickham Trolly being stolen by the teaching staff. This vehicle has since been preserved by the Rail Trolly Trust and is currently undergoing a frame up restoration at the Chasewater Railway. For the trusts Facebook page click here
The villains Austerity.
It had been given a fake BR identity and plywood tanks to make it look more like an LNER J50.
This locomotive was WD157 Constantine
Seen towards the end of the film, the unit arrives at the final station where the police jump off as soon as they are on the platform.
Note that this is the driving tailer but for continuity reasons a black triangle had been to the end