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10 November 2017

DB on the big screen: Rail freight operator stars in ‘Paddington 2’

Paddington 2 is out at cinemas today and if you are going to see the film make sure you watch out for the scenes created with the support of DB Cargo UK!

The rail freight operator helped plan and conduct the train movements needed for action-packed chase scenes involving Paddington Bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw), Phoenix Buchanan (Hugh Grant), Henry Brown (Hugh Bonneville) and Mary Brown (Sally Hawkins).

60163 Tornado, Belmond British Pullman and a DB Cargo UK Class 66 and FYA wagons were all used for the filming, which actually took place in Paddington Station, London.

DB Cargo UK put together an FYA wagon set and hauled this using a Class 66 locomotive to make the ‘fair train’ that is seen in the film.

The ‘fair train’ is featured running alongside the Belmond British Pullman. DB Cargo UK operated 60163 Tornado at Paddington station to film these movements and the Belmond British Pullman coach was later taken to a film studio to simulate its part in the chase.

Richard Corser, Account Manager Charters and Resource Hire at DB Cargo UK, said:

 “Back in December 2016 we made arrangements with Paddington Station to do the filming and worked with the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust to get the Tornado there along with our Class 66 and FYA wagons. 

“It was very challenging but a very exciting project to be part of and proof that staff at DB Cargo UK can really put their hands to anything. Drivers from our Acton depot and our steam crew were involved in the filming and were excellent throughout - thanks to all involved DB Cargo UK has a well-deserved credit at the end of the film.

“It has been wonderful to be part of this project and I can’t wait to go see Paddington Bear in action on our service!”  

Last modified: 10.11.2017

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