The Royal Train

Series 6 - Episode 3 The Royal Train



Dad’s Army goes a bit Mack Sennett in this episode when a sealed-order mission turns into a frantic choo-choo chase. King George VI is due to pass through the station, but a mix-up between sleeping pills and saccharine puts a spanner – or a defective brake wheel – in the works.

One false alarm sees Captain Mainwaring moving along a stopped train while sheepishly inquiring, “Your Majesty, are you there?” But the sight of the Vicar (Frank Williams), Verger (Edward Sinclair) and Hodges (Bill Pertwee) on a pump trolley takes some beating.

Williams once described to me the filming of a scene in which the train starts to gains on their trolley. “We were pumping for our lives up and down the railway line!”

He added, “We were aware that the driver was out of sight and so couldn’t see, so there was a moment of panic between Bill saying, ‘I think we’re going to have to jump for it’ and I’m saying, ‘We’re going at about 40 miles per hour, we’ll break our legs – and even so we’ll break our necks if the train crashes into us!’

“But they were in walkie-talkie contact and although they couldn’t actually see they were being controlled by somebody who could. So all was well but it was rather hair-raising.”


Captain Mainwaring and the platoon are asked to provide a guard of honour for a royal train carrying George VI that is passing through Walmington-on-Sea, but another locomotive confounds their plans. Classic comedy first broadcast in 1973, starring Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier and Clive Dunn.

Cast & Crew

Capt Mainwaring Arthur Lowe
Sgt Wilson John Le Mesurier
Cpl Jones Clive Dunn
Pte Frazer John Laurie
Pte Walker James Beck
Pte Godfrey Arnold Ridley
Pte Pike Ian Lavender
Warden Hodges Bill Pertwee
Vicar Frank Williams
Verger Edward Sinclair
Station Master William Moore
Producer David Croft
Writer Jimmy Perry
Writer David Croft
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