Train stations have been the settings for emotional and dramatic scenes in many films over the history of cinema. Brief Encounter, the 1945 British film directed by David Lean with a screenplay written by Noël Coward and starring Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard, is perhaps one of the most famous such film.
However, much of the train station location footage was in fact shot at Carnforth Railway Station in Lancashire rather than one of the major London stations. This was for the simple reason that filming took place in early 1945 during the Second World War, so at that time major UK cities were subjected to ‘blackout’ security precautions taken against Nazi bombing raids.
King’s Cross Station
One of the most iconic train hubs in London is King’s Cross Station and it featured heavily in the Harry Potter film series.
In the films, the train that runs between London and Hogwarts school is called The Hogwarts Express and leaves from the fictional Platform 9¾ at King’s Cross to travel to Hogsmeade Station. It features in several pivotal scenes throughout the series, including when Harry first gets to know his future best friend Ron Weasley and also when he meets Hermione Granger for the first time.
The train trips are also the setting for confrontations between Harry and his enemy Draco Malfoy and also his for his first dangerous encounter with a Dementor.
The entire series of films ends on a happy note as Harry, Ginny, Ron, and Hermione visit Platform 9¾ once again in the near future, but this time it is to see their own children leaving on the train bound for Hogwarts.
This year another London train station features heavily in the story of a major new release coming to Cineworld theatres.
Paddington is a family comedy from director Paul King starring Colin Firth, Jim Broadbent, Nicole Kidman and new Dr Who Peter Capaldi, and it is the big screen debut for Paddington Bear favourite of children.
A blend of live action and CGI, the film sees Paddington Bear arrive at the train station that gives him his name on a journey from the Peruvian jungle. With Harry Potter producer David Heyman also involved and a release date of 26th December, it is sure to be one of the Christmas hits of this year.
In association with Cineworld.