Copyright 2003

[ January 6th 2003 ]

Reel To Rail are to capitalise on the burgeoning reputation of Wales as a movie location with a new web site tailoring rail journeys to famous film locations in and around the region, The Western Mail reports today. Five locations advertised on the site include Mynydd-y-Gym mountain (The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill But Came Down A Mountain), Snowdonia (First Knight), Fishguard (Under Milk Wood), Merthyr Mawr, near Bridgend (Lawrence of Arabia) and Brecon Beacons (American Were-wolf in London)

Jo Tilbrook, spokesperson for ATOC, said, "Since it went live in April last year, the Reel to Rail website has been a great success. We have had around 80-100 visitors to the site every day, equating to more than 2,000 a month. We were looking for a project that would attract the leisure market, and by linking train routes with film locations this seemed the perfect combination. It's a good way of encouraging people to visit parts of Britain which they may not see as destinations."

Scenes for Paramount Pictures Tomb Raider movie sequel The Cradle of Life were filmed in the panoramic region of Snowdonia and locations in and around Gwynedd, North Wales following an alleged refusal by Chinese authorities to shoot on the Great Wall of China. Special effects wizards Mill Film harvested digital trickery from cutting edge computer image applications to replicate the ancient Chinese landmark.

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