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Claus Riis Østergaard,
The BBC is well known for its attention to detail in its drama, and in the main The Secret Agent was also suitably well detailed. Sadly, this attention to detail did not extend to the railway scenes.
I understand that the railway scenes were filmed at the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway in Scotland - close to the main filming location of the series. The setting of the drama is in the late 19th century and yet in all railway scenes inappropriate rolling stock was employed. The locomotive used in all the filming could clearly be seen to be 61272. This locomotive was not built until 1928 - over 30 years after the date setting of The Secret Agent. The number on the locomotive did not exist until the nationalisation of Britain's railways in 1948. The locomotive's tender showed the British Railways "lion & wheel" logo - also post 1948. The coaching stock was part of the Bo'ness & Kinneil's own Caledonian Railway carriages. Indeed, the carriages are stencilled CR. The carriages are also out of period, as these were not built until 1923! I doubt the Caledonian Railways carriages would have been seen on London to Southampton trains.
I am disappointed with such poor attention to detail from a BBC production
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