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The Mysterious Rochdale Special
('Sir Arthur Conan Doyle classic')
Scotland Yard enlists the aid of a former scam artist to solve the mysterious disappearance of an entire train bound for London, along with its wealthy passenger.
Air Dates:
First Run - September 22, 1980
Repeat - December 17, 1980
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3 Responses to Episode 1120

Arthur Conan Doyle had an agile and far-reaching imagination. It's always a fascinating intellectual exercise to peruse his works. This play is an entertaining adaption of one of his lesser known stories.

Interesting Doyle story sans Sherlock.

The story was probably inspired by the real-life disappearance of Engine 115 on Sept. 22, 1892 in Lindal, a little north of the locale of "The Lost Special". Adapted many times in various media, this story also provided some of the basis for the TV serial "Lost" and the graphic novel "Watchmen", and is slyly alluded to by both. See http://users.bestweb.net/~robgood/teach for the analysis of "Lost". So far every single adaptation I've found that was earlier than "Lost", including this one, was alluded to on "Lost" by whatever details differentiated it fromm the original -- in this case the explosion of the engine in the mine, reflected as the airliner engine's explosion on the beach.

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