The Finishing Line

A horror classic from 1977, made as a British Public Information film to warn kids not to play on railway tracks.

     Posted By: Alex - Thu Aug 29, 2013
     Category: Horror | 1970s

The Brits never could do S/F right.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 08/29/13 at 09:53 AM
Not enough gore and scattered limbs, in my opinion. I do admire it as a fairly large production with all those children.

However, the message cannot be dismissed - despite its large size, a train is amazingly quiet on approach. Most victims literally don't know what hit them. But, since kids know it all and think they'll live forever, most won't listen until one of their group ends up as a smear of goo across the tracks.
Posted by KDP on 08/29/13 at 10:33 AM
I see where they were heading, But they didn't quite get there! 😖
Posted by Tyrusguy on 08/29/13 at 11:10 AM
When we were kids we'd put coins on the track and pick them up after the train ran over them. It'd prolly be federal crime now as they would claim it could derail it (not very remotely likely). We were actually first shown that from a worker at the rail yard.
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 08/29/13 at 02:29 PM
Learned a valuable lesson about NOT trying to beat the train when I was about 12. Two friends, my sister and I (I was the oldest of the group sis was 5) were walking to the local small store. There was a train crossing on the way and as we neared it a train was coming. We decided to run to beat it and had sis between me and a friend, holding her hands and lifting her mostly off her feet. Every few steps her feet would hit the ground and as that happened crossing the tracks her foot slipped between a rail and the wood that holds them. It was jammed and I was desperately tugging at it. As the train neared I sent my friends off the tracks and continued to work at freeing sis. Suddenly it occurred to me to slip her foot out of her shoe, which I did, and grabbed her up and ran like hell. We made it, of course, but it was a very close call. Afterwards we retrieved her unscathed shoe(it came out easily when empty). We all swore secrecy and mom never knew till we told her about it 30 years later. I have never forgotten the feeling of that train bearing down on us nor my resolve to not leave my sister no matter what. Oh well, a bit long but it came to mind at this post.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 08/29/13 at 09:12 PM
'comeon, Patty, the last time you told that story none of you made it! 😜
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 08/29/13 at 11:40 PM
Sorry if I told it before, I am getting a bit older and therefore I do repeat myself sometimes.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 08/30/13 at 12:16 AM
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