Title ID 6593Collection ID913
Title[Hard Lines]
CollectionAlbany Cine Club
Genre/TypeAmateurCine/Video clubNon-fictionDrama
ThemeCine Club Film-making
KeywordsRailways Men Women Trains
RegionalWest Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionAlbany Cine Club
CameraAlbany Cine Club
CastPat Watson; Derek Harber; Norman Harber; Gerald Cole
FormatColour Silent
Duration4 min. 30 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This silent film drama made by Albany Cine Club members that passes comment on changes to the UK railways made by Dr Richard Beeching in the 1960s. This 1964 production entitled: "Hard Lines" outlines the plan of two criminals to abduct a woman and kill her. The plan is ruined when another train line is closed and they are unable to get rid of the body.


A woman enters a police station. 'S. R. M. presents... Hard Lines'. Two men, wearing dark glasses, enter her bedroom and cover her mouth. The clock reads 9 am and then 11:15 am, showing time has passed. A car pulls up to the side of the road and the two men carry the unconscious woman out and lay her on the train tracks. One man runs up to the signal box and pulls a track lever before fleeing in the car. The men leap out of their car and run to read a notice: As from today this line is closed too' and is signed 'Beeching'. The End. 'Our thanks to B. R. (British Rail) for the "Hard Lines".


Hard Lines (1964)