In April 1965, the Stapleford railway was used for part of an episode of “The Avengers”, by ABC Television.
The episode was called “The Gravediggers” and was one of the most memorable of the monochrome episodes.
During the plot, Emma Peel played by Diana Rigg was tied to the track of the railway on the lakeside part of the bank up to the tunnel, by the deranged owner, who was to run her over!
John Steed, played by Patrick MacNee needless to say rescues her just in time!
All rights to the series are now owned by Canal Plus, France.
An excellent website covering this episode and all other Avengers resources is found here.