Arthur Askey stars as Tommy Gander, a music hall comedian on his way to a show in Cornwall when he loses his hat out of the train window and pulls the communication cord to bring the train to a stop. Ignoring the tutting of the other passengers, Gander trots down the track to retrieve his hat before blowing the guard's whistle to get the train underway once again, saying, to anyone who's prepared to listen, that a minute or two of their time is not worth worrying about. But a minute or two does matter when the train pulls into Fal Vale junction and it turns out that they've missed their connection and that there won't be another train until the following morning. If Gander wasn't popular before, he's even less so now and the odd group of travellers grumble as they settle onto the hard wooden benches of the station.
Joining Gander are Terry Deakin (Richard 'Stinker' Murdoch) who's vying with Gander for the hand of young Jackie Winthrop (Carole Lynne), travelling with her cousin, the cricketer RG Winthrop. Completing the group are the flushed Dr Sterling (Morland Graham) - the hip flask of brandy that he has with him may have something to do with the deep claret colouring to his nose - the teetotal spinster Miss Bourne (Kathleen Harrison) and a young couple Herbert (Stuart Latham) and Edna (Betty Jardine) who are due to be married in the morning. Despite Gander's best efforts to have his fellow travellers warm to him, it's made worse when the stationmaster, Saul Hodgkins (Herbert Lomas), tells them that they can't stay in the station and that they must travel to the nearest town but when he tries to arrange transport, the phone line drops out. Settling in around the fire, Hodgkins tells them why he's so anxious about their staying in the station for the night - forty-three years ago that night, a train was heading for Fal Vale station when Ted Holmes, the stationmaster who was working that night, collapsed and died before he could close the bridge near the station, which led to the death of everyone on the train but for its driver, Ben Isaacs. On some nights, the ghost train can still be heard thundering past the station bringing death to all those who have seen it.
As Hodgkins leaves, Gander and the others settle down for a meal of what they can spare from their rations - this is set during wartime, after all - and Gander entertains them with a song and dance. But as the rain gets heavier and the night grows darker, the clock strikes eleven and Saul Hodgkins stumbles into the station and collapses. As Gander says, Hodgkins died at exactly the same time as Ted Holmes did forty-three years earlier and what was already an eerily deserted station becomes distinctly frightening as history looks to be repeating itself...
Directed by Walter Forde / Black and White / 85 minutes / iPod-ready MP4 file / Includes bonus short film, "The Panic Is On"