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Train Now Standing, The (ITV 1972-1973, Bill Fraser, Denis Lill)



Sitcom The Train Now Standing told stories of the sleepy old fashioned railway station Burberry Halt and especially its station master Hedley Green.

Burberry Halt had, somehow, missed the swinging axe of Dr Beeching (the man responsible for closing down so many of Britain’s branch lines) and Hedley is still living in the glory days of British steam. So much so that he runs the station based on a 1933 rule book. He just needs to stay in Area manager Mr Potts’ good books.

Real life but disused Bodiam Station on the former Kent and East Sussex Line stood in for Burberry Halt Much of the track along the line had by this stage been pulled up and sold for scrap. Luckily for the TV production team a preservation group had saved the station and what was left of the line.

production details
UK / ITV – London Weekend Television / 15×25 minute episode / Broadcast 20 May 1972 – 14 September 1973

Creators: John Watkins, John Swallow / Producer and Director: Derrick Goodwin

BILL FRASER as Hedley Green
HUGH WALTERS as Peter Pringle
DENIS LILL as Mr Potts (Season 1)
PAMELA CUNDELL as Rosie (Season 1)
NORMAN MITCHELL as George (Season 1)
BARTLETT MULLINS as Mr Foskins (Season 1)
ARTHUR WHITE as Fred (Season 1)
GEORGE WARING as Bill (Season 1)
GEOFF L’CISE as Charlie (Season 1)
GARFIELD MORGAN as Mr Pitts (Season 2)
BRENDA PETERS as Brenda (Season 2)
KEN WYNNE as Ken (Season 2)