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Railway Vicar

Church bells, organs and choirs are all sounds you'd expect to hear at a church - but what about the sound of a steam locomotive at full tilt?

Non-Fiction 1978 7 mins

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A bemused John Swallow visits the Reverend Andrew Dow at St Paul's church in Leamington Spa to find out about his unusual talent: imitating steam locos. He claims that railways have a deep significance for life, and perhaps they have but he has a strange way of demonstrating it as his sermons are peppered with sounds from the days of steam. An imaginary motorcycle ride appears to be one whimsy too far for Swallow.