Film ID: YFA 63 RAILROAD OF DREAMS 1935 Visitor TabsDescription This is a whimsical film from the Noel Beardsell Collection, creating an imagined land by interspersing a model railway with the real thing. Intertitle – Child or grown up – girl or boy – we treat the railway as our toy, every time we see a train we each become a child again. We love the station's stir and noise, we're living in a world of toys. The Flying Scotsman pulls into a station, with passengers and newspaper sellers waiting for its arrival. Intertitle – We're in the train with joy, we grin to see the big express come in Another train, engine 2509, pulls out of a platform. Intertitle – The whistle blows, we're off at last, oh the engine–driver, please go fast A train pulls out of a station, and some of the journey is filmed from the train, passing locomotive 6101. Intertitle – See, there's the radio station where they tell of toy–town on the air The train passes Alexandra Palace in London. Intertitle – Where on earth can toy town be? Can we find it? – wait and see. The train continues, passing fields. Intertitle – We read the signals like a book – and hardly need a second look. The train passes under semaphore signals, and arrives in a station. Intertitle – The green flag waves, the guard says "right", the platform slides away from sight The train pulls out, continues on its journey, and passes by a signal box. Intertitle – Now the engine's going slow, Is this toy town? Oh dear. The train, the "Stirlingshire", arrives at a station. Another train (264) pulls out. Intertitle – This station doesn't seem to look like pictures from a story book. A train (loco 4447) pulls out of a station. (Colour very faded) Intertitle – There's a big place! Could it be toy town's "model factory"? The train passes a large factory. Intertitle – Hurry engine!! Please go faster; Good–bye Mr Station–master. The film continues on the train and shows another train in the distance. Intertitle – That looks like a Toy Express; We're on the wrong track, I guess. The other train, running on a parallel line, overtakes the train passing the cameraman’s vantage point. Intertitle – Here's a largish town – but is it too large to be worth a visit? The train arrives at a station in a town, with large gas cylinders. Intertitle – Now at last our dream comes true; "All change here for Maryloo" A miniature train arrives at a station, and there is a model railway yard. Intertitle – On we go – the line is clear. Fairyland is drawing near. The model train goes towards Bekonscot. Intertitle – Now at last we’re on the spot; toy–towns name is “Bekonscot". There is a song for the model village. Intertitle – You think this is some big house . . A model house is shown. Intertitle – . . if you are as tiny as a mouse. More of the model village is shown. Intertitle – But if you are the proper size . . you're bound to get a big surprise A small girl, clutching a teddy bear, walks around the model village. Intertitle – See the huntsmen gallop by hounds and horses in full cry. There is a model of a horse and coach. Intertitle – Here's the church, and here's the steeple . . There is a model church. Intertitle – . . shorter than the shortest people. A man stands behind the model church. Intertitle – Just like Alice we stand on the edge of "Wonderland". A group of people walk around the village. Intertitle – If you're fond of lollipops buy them in the High St shops! There are model shops. Intertitle – What a playground we have here for the architect and engineer. More of the village. Intertitle – Pinch yourself for goodness sake! See if you are quite awake. There is still more of the village, including the docks and airfield. Intertitle – Throughout the tunnel home we fly. Good–bye, Bekonscot, goodbye. Bang, we are back to proper size, how our mighty engine flies! A train passes underneath and again the journey is filmed before arriving, with the Flying Scotsman, in a station. Intertitle – Home we go and think it's fine to travel on the dreamland line.