History Film / TheTitfieldThunderbolt

28th Dec '15 1:00:58 PM FlyingPete
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This plan is bitterly opposed by the local bus company, who were looking forward to a monopoly with the closure of the railway and call those wanting to run the railway "amateurs", they are also viewed with some trepidation by George Blakeworth, the town clerk.

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This plan is bitterly opposed by the local bus company, who were looking forward to a monopoly with the closure of the railway and call those wanting to run the railway "amateurs", they "amateurs". They are also viewed with some trepidation by George Blakeworth, the town clerk.



Despite the bus company's attempts at sabotaging the railway's work, Including blocking a crossing with a lorry full of bricks and shooting holes in the water tower, the railway becomes a huge success, and so the bus company offers a merger between them and the railway, which is outright refused so the bus company derail the branch line's only engine and carriage on the eve before the inspection and the town clerk is mistakenly arrested for derailing the engine after trying to stop the runaway train before it crashed.

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Despite the bus company's attempts at sabotaging the railway's work, Including blocking a crossing with a lorry full of bricks and shooting holes in the water tower, the railway becomes a huge success, and so the success. The bus company offers a merger between them and the railway, which is outright refused so refused. So the bus company derail the branch line's only engine and carriage on the eve before the inspection and the town clerk is mistakenly arrested for derailing the engine after trying to stop the runaway train before it crashed.



Meanwhile, Weech figures out where they can get an engine from for the inspection and rushes to the police station to release the town clerk. As they are [[BreakOutTheMuseumPiece wheeling the old engine out of the museum]] Weech realises that they haven't got a carriage to which the clerk says that Taylor can help them. So they they take Taylor's home, an old railway carriage.

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Meanwhile, Weech figures out where they can get an engine from for the inspection and rushes to the police station to release the town clerk. As they are [[BreakOutTheMuseumPiece wheeling the old engine out of the museum]] Weech realises that they haven't got a carriage carriage, to which the clerk says that Taylor can help them. So they they take Taylor's home, an old railway carriage.
carriage, and mount it on a flat wagon.



Back at the station the train starts to leave but is stopped and commandeered by the police to take them to Mallingford with the prisoners, now consisting of Valentine, Taylor and the two bus company owners. The train then continues until the inspector decides to test the emergency brake and the rope snaps, leaving the carriage and brakevan at a standstill and the engine continuing onwards. Chesterford ropes in several locals to help push the stranded train down the hill to catch up with the engine which had come to a halt by the now repaired water tower, on the way they borrow a set of chains from the steamroller they jousted with, to replace the rope.

Once the train is recoupled to the engine they set off again, feeling there is now no hope of them making it on time after all the delays. They arrive at Mallingford ten minutes late and feel all is lost. The inspector informs them that actually, they only just passed (and almost failed because their average speed was almost over the limit). The villagers celebrate and the other drivers at the station blow their engines' whistles in celebration of their Success

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Back at the station the train starts to leave but is stopped and commandeered by the police to take them to Mallingford with the prisoners, now consisting of Valentine, Taylor and the two bus company owners. The train then continues until the inspector decides to test the emergency brake and the rope snaps, leaving the carriage and brakevan at a standstill and the engine continuing onwards. With the inspector none the wiser, Chesterford ropes in several locals to help push the stranded train down the hill to catch up with the engine which had come to a halt by the now repaired water tower, on tower. On the way they borrow a set of chains from the steamroller they jousted with, to replace the rope.

Once the train is recoupled to the engine they set off again, feeling there is now no hope of them making it on time after all the delays. They arrive at Mallingford ten minutes late and feel fear all is lost. The inspector informs them that actually, they only just passed (and almost failed because their average speed was almost over the limit). The villagers celebrate and the other drivers at the station blow their engines' whistles in celebration of their Success
19th Feb '15 7:13:01 AM HarfynnTeuport
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* ListOfTransgressions: The LongList of charges against Valentine and Taylor, amounting to stealing a locomotive and driving it through a town:

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* ListOfTransgressions: The LongList of charges against Valentine and Taylor, amounting to stealing a locomotive and driving it through a town:town, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking devolves into increasingly minor offenses]]:
19th Feb '15 7:11:33 AM HarfynnTeuport
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-->'''Policeman''' (completely deadpan): Drunk and disorderly, taking away a locomotive, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving an unlicensed vehicle, careless driving, ignoring pedestrian crossing, failing to observe traffic sign, causing ashes and/or sparks to be emitted on highway, driving the wrong side of road,
failing to report accident, malicious damage, excessive noise, defective tyres...

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-->'''Policeman''' (completely deadpan): Drunk and disorderly, taking away a locomotive, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving an unlicensed vehicle, careless driving, ignoring pedestrian crossing, failing to observe traffic sign, causing ashes and/or sparks to be emitted on highway, driving the wrong side of road,
road, failing to report accident, malicious damage, excessive noise, defective tyres...
19th Feb '15 7:10:47 AM HarfynnTeuport
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* BreakOutTheMuseumPiece: The Titular Thunderbolt.

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* BreakOutTheMuseumPiece: The Titular Thunderbolt.titular Thunderbolt provides the trope image.
* ButtMonkey: If anyone is going to get doused in water or wrongfully arrested for wrecking a train, it'll be Mr. Blakeworth.



* ListOfTransgressions: The LongList of charges against Valentine and Taylor, amounting to stealing a locomotive and driving it through a town, including 'being drunk and disorderly,' 'driving an unlicensed vehicle on the highway,' 'defective tyres' and other minor offences.

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* ListOfTransgressions: The LongList of charges against Valentine and Taylor, amounting to stealing a locomotive and driving it through a town, including 'being drunk town:
-->'''Policeman''' (completely deadpan): Drunk
and disorderly,' 'driving disorderly, taking away a locomotive, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving an unlicensed vehicle vehicle, careless driving, ignoring pedestrian crossing, failing to observe traffic sign, causing ashes and/or sparks to be emitted on highway, driving the highway,' 'defective tyres' and other minor offences. wrong side of road,
failing to report accident, malicious damage, excessive noise, defective tyres...
19th Feb '15 6:59:51 AM HarfynnTeuport
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* ShowWithinAShow: When Pearce and Crump take a dejected Harry aside to discuss sabotage, we cut to a wild-west film playing in the bar where a bunch of cowboys are discussing sabotaging a train.
19th Feb '15 6:48:46 AM HarfynnTeuport
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* LaserGuidedKarma: Pearce and Crump's efforts to sabotage the railway amount to a HumiliationConga of [[PyrrhicVictory Pyrrhic Victories]]. By the end of the story they're bankrupt and imprisoned.
18th Feb '15 6:26:54 AM HarfynnTeuport
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* RhetoricalQuestionBlunder: From the random train-goer who has the temerity to take Mr. Valentine's spot at the bar.
-->'''Valentine''': Excuse me. Pardon. May I trouble you, sir? I'm afraid you have my corner.
-->'''Barfly''': ''Your'' corner? You think you own the ruddy railway?
-->'''Valentine''': [[BluntYes Yes]].



* StreisandEffect: The line gets lots of negative publicity due to the bus company's sabotage efforts, and as a result becomes so well known that it becomes one of the only profitable branch lines in Britain.

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* StreisandEffect: The In-universe, the line gets lots of negative publicity due to the bus company's sabotage efforts, and as a result becomes so well known that it becomes one of the only profitable branch lines in Britain.



* ThrowItIn: The "sharp pull-up" actually damaged the tender of the locomotive playing the Thunderbolt, but it looked great on film.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: In 1952, this was a topical film on the subject of modernisation. Today, even the "modern" aspects of life in Titfield are charmingly dated.
18th Feb '15 6:15:31 AM HarfynnTeuport
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* LoopholeAbuse: Gordon points out to their would-be benefactor [[TheAlcoholic Valentine]] that, whilst licensing laws prevent pubs from opening in the morning, there are no rules to limit the serving of alcohol on ''trains'' at any time. Valentine breaks into a beautific smile and pulls out his chequebook.

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* LoopholeAbuse: Gordon points out to their would-be benefactor [[TheAlcoholic Valentine]] that, whilst licensing laws prevent pubs from opening in the morning, there are no rules to limit the serving of alcohol on ''trains'' at any time. Valentine breaks into time.
-->'''Gordon''': Mr. Valentine, what do you do in the morning before [[MyLocal this place]] opens?
-->'''Valentine''': I wait impatient for the day to dawn.
-->'''Gordon''': Suppose the day dawned at 13 minutes to nine.
-->'''Valentine''': Mr. Chesterford, you're
a beautific smile poet, a dreamer of beautiful dreams.
-->'''Gordon''': There is nothing in law to prevent a railway company opening a bar in one of its trains whenever that train is under way. Give us your backing
and pulls out his chequebook.we'll run a bar on the Titfield-Mallingford line every morning and afternoon.
-->'''Valentine''': You... you wouldn't tease an old man, would you? [[TheVicar Mr. Weech]], you wouldn't joke about a [[SeriousBusiness sacred subject]].
-->'''Sam Weech''': I am assured it will be quite, quite legal.
-->'''Gordon''': You can write your own timetable.
-->'''Valentine''': My very dear sir, you can write your own cheque!


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* RousingSpeech: Just when it looks like the inquiry will insist the branch line be closed anyway, Gordon delivers one of these letting the town know exactly what the death of their railway will entail.
-->'''Gordon''': You're condemning our village to death! Open it up to buses and lorries and what will it be like in five years? Our lanes will be concrete roads. Our houses will have numbers instead of names. There'll be traffic lights and zebra crossings, that'll be twice as dangerous. Go by bus! We're not asking for a monopoly, like you are. All we're asking for is the chance to keep our train running. Mr Blakeworth, you spoke frankly. You said people were scared of our idea. Perhaps you're one of them. But give us a chance and we'll prove we can do it. Just give us this one chance, sir. It means everything to our village. We ''want'' to run the railway.
18th Feb '15 5:57:50 AM HarfynnTeuport
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* TheAlcoholic: RichIdiotWithNoDayJob Valentine as a key plot point; Weech and Gordon are able to secure funding from him based on his propensity for drinking as, in their words, "He's been standing people drinks for years, why wouldn't he stand us a railway?".



* DrowningMySorrows: When the engine is destroyed by Crump and Pearce the night before the railway inspection, Dan steals the surviving booze from the buffet car and gets completely blotto. He's soon joined by a similarly lamenting Mr. Valentine and they [[UnspokenPlanGuarantee hatch a plan to steal another engine]] which leads to...
* DrunkDriver: Dan and Valentine, in the process of stealing an engine, end up driving it away on the road.



* ListOfTransgressions: The long list of charges against Valentine and Taylor, amounting to stealing a locomotive and driving it through a town, including 'being drunk and disorderly,' 'driving an unlicensed vehicle on the highway,' 'defective tyres' and other minor offences.

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* ListOfTransgressions: The long list LongList of charges against Valentine and Taylor, amounting to stealing a locomotive and driving it through a town, including 'being drunk and disorderly,' 'driving an unlicensed vehicle on the highway,' 'defective tyres' and other minor offences. offences.
* LoopholeAbuse: Gordon points out to their would-be benefactor [[TheAlcoholic Valentine]] that, whilst licensing laws prevent pubs from opening in the morning, there are no rules to limit the serving of alcohol on ''trains'' at any time. Valentine breaks into a beautific smile and pulls out his chequebook.
16th Jul '14 12:25:09 AM m0nsterpete
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* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: The long list of charges against Valentine and Taylor, amounting to stealing a locomotive and driving it through a town, including 'being drunk and disorderly,' 'driving an unlicensed vehicle on the highway,' 'defective tyres' and other minor offences.



* FreeWheel: When the railway's first locomotive is derailed.

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* FreeWheel: When the railway's first locomotive is derailed.derailed.
* ListOfTransgressions: The long list of charges against Valentine and Taylor, amounting to stealing a locomotive and driving it through a town, including 'being drunk and disorderly,' 'driving an unlicensed vehicle on the highway,' 'defective tyres' and other minor offences.
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