It is the 1890s. Bob Gregson is a young lad who works as a porter at a rural railway station. He is keen to impress the stationmaster who is looking for a successor because he is about to ...
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It is the 1890s. Bob Gregson is a young lad who works as a porter at a rural railway station. He is keen to impress the stationmaster who is looking for a successor because he is about to retire. Having fallen in love with a teacher called Harriet Collins, Bob wants to raise money to save the local orphanage where she works and where he was brought up, after he hears that a local businessman, Mr Riorden, wants to sell it as part of a property deal. He discovers a stray Jack Russell terrier in one of the crates of goods that were delivered to the station and finds out that it can perform tricks such as standing on its hind legs because it had previously worked in a circus. "Station Jim" soon becomes a local attraction with the passengers who pay money to see its tricks. Then it is announced that Queen Victoria will be visiting the station. If Bob plays his cards right, maybe he could persuade her to become a patron of the orphanage. Surely Mr Riorden would have second thoughts if she ... Written by
Although there was a dog named Station Jim that was brought to Slough Station in Slough, Berkshire, England on the Great Western Railway as a 3 month old puppy in 1894 and was put to work performing tricks to collect money for the railway's Widows and Orphans Fund, the BBC movie dog and story line are not based on the true story. See more »
[talking about Harriet Collins]
What does she look like?
Well, she reminds me of an Armstrong Class 592 (steam locomotive).
So she's attractive, then?
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A wonderful film - a bit kitsch but when taken in the context of a piece of period entertainment for kids, it's great!
The story is a about a railway station an orphanage, the orphans and their new young teacher, a mean property developer who arranges for a fire at the orphanage so he can re-develop it, a station porter wanting to be stationmaster, and a Jack Russell called Jim who saves Queen Vic and the orphanage.
Shame it's not available on DVD - far far better than many "kids" films made at 200 times the budget (e.g. Spy kids..)
My daughter wants to know why train stations don't look like that any more. me too...
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