Film competition – the final curtain


A clip from Alain Robbe-Grillet’s Trans Europe Express.

It had a good run, but all good things must come to an end, and so it is time to draw the curtain on BTWT’s  first ever film competition. Gavin Whitelaw and Mike Winslow steadfastly battled for lead position. But at the end, nobody identified our tie-breaker, Trans Europe Express, and so Dyspozytor takes the point. The final score is now: Dyspozytor 5 points, Gavin Whitelaw 4 points, Mike Winslow 3 points and Alex Fitch 1 point. Gavin, Mike and Alex are invited to share a bottle of Zubrowka with Dyspozytor next time they come to Poland.

Trans Europe Express has some great shots of the Paris Metro just before all the Sprague coaches were withdrawn. It is also a valuable documentary record of the luxury travel that was available on the former TEE network. There a good review of the film on the IMDb. See the link below.

We would like to thank everybody who took part in the competition; there was a record number of entries and we hope that all our readers enjoyed it. If you have any ideas for our next competition, or just want to drop us a line, you can do by e-mailing us at the following address: railfan [at] go2 [dot] pl. Obtain the address by removing all the spaces and converting “at” and “dot” to the usual symbols.


4 Responses to “Film competition – the final curtain”

  1. Alex Fitch Says:

    Great competition, but I really must dig out a few films I’ve not watched for a while now and acquire a few I’ve not seen. I’ll let you know when I’m next in the area!

  2. Gavin Whitelaw Says:

    I haven’t been to Poland as much this year, mostly due to the difficulty in getting from Poznan to Wolsztyn due to the track rebuilding and the time it takes due to the bus substitution and the fact that I mostly go over for weekends and steam is not always guaranteed. I plan more visits next year, possibly driving over a couple of times. The competition was great fun – many thanks!

    • Dyspozytor Says:

      Glad you enjoyed the competition. I’ll have to think really hard to come up with something original for the next. It would be fun to film you in the cab of a Wolsztyn engine for BTWT!

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