Bluebell Railway immortalised in The Woman in Black

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A SUSSEX railway station provided the backdrop for what has been dubbed the most successful British horror film since records began.

The Bluebell Railway was used as a location for scenes in Hammer Horror’s The Woman in Black, starring Daniel Radcliffe.

Sections of the line at Horsted Keynes and Sheffield Park were used.

The film’s location manager Chris Moore said he picked the railway because it was one of only a couple of period railways large enough to film on and close enough to London.

He said staff at the railway had previous experience of film work and ‘were wonderful to work with’.

He added: “All three of their stations looked absolutely stunning, providing the perfect setting.”

Staff at the railway said: “My colleague and I met Daniel Radcliffe and he was extremely friendly and interested in the Railway.”

Daniel Radcliffe, who is most well known for his role as Harry Potter, said of the location: “The Bluebell Railway was a unique place, it can only exist in the UK, carefully nurtured and preserved brilliantly, it gave all of us working on The Woman in Black the opportunity for a spot of time travel.”

The Woman in Black was a huge success in the cinema and this success is set to continue with the DVD release today (Monday June 18).

The film tells the story of a young solicitor (Daniel Radcliffe) who is sent to Eel Marsh manor to deal with the deeds. He not only has to deal with his own grief, but also the mysterious woman in black and the chilling deaths of young children when she appears.

The Bluebell Railway is a heritage line managed and run largely by volunteers.

Steam trains operate between Sheffield Park and Kingscote, with an intermediate station at Horsted Keynes.