The Railway Children Return

The Railway Children Return: Photo courtesy of STUDIOCANAL - Credit Jaap Buitendijk

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Inspired by one of the most beloved British family films of all time, The Railway Children Return is an enchanting, moving, and heart-warming adventure for a new generation. 1944 – As life in Britain’s cities becomes increasingly perilous, three evacuee children – Lily (Beau Gadsdon), Pattie (Eden Hamilton) and Ted (Zac Cudby) Watts – are sent by their mother from Salford to the Yorkshire village of Oakworth.

There to meet them on the train station platform are Bobbie Waterbury (Jenny Agutter, reprising her iconic role in the original film), her daughter, Annie (Sheridan Smith), and grandson Thomas (Austin Haynes), and with their help the evacuees are soon settling into their new life in the countryside.

When the children discover injured American soldier Abe (KJ Aikens), hiding out in the railyard at Oakworth Station, they are thrust into a dangerous quest to assist their new friend who, like them, is a long way from home.

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Filming locations

Set and filmed in Yorkshire, The Railway Children Return remained true to the much loved classic, revisiting many of the historic locations in Bradford District, that featured in the original film. Filming locations include the iconic Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, with a number of the beautifully preserved stations on the line featured in the film, from Keighley Station, to Oakworth, Damems and Oxenhope.

The Railway Children Return also filmed at a number of locations in the picturesque village of Haworth, famously home to the Brontë sisters, including Brontë Parsonage Museum, the landmark Old Black Bull Pub, a number of shops on the high street, St Michael’s & All Angels Church and the Old School Rooms, Church Street, Haworth as well as the iconic Salts Mill in Saltaire.

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Sheridan Smith and Jenny Agutter filming 'The Railway Children Return' at KWVR (STUDIOCANAL - Credit Jaap Buitendijk)

I have, from the first time I ever went to Oakworth Station, loved steam trains. I think they’re absolutely wonderful. The sounds they make, the whole sense of them. Just being back there, and filming, was very touching. One of the engine drivers had driven the trains for Lionel’s film. He was there with his 41-year-old daughter, who was the first woman to drive those steam trains. I love all those connections. Everything felt very much the same.

Jenny Agutter who reprises her role as Bobbie Waterbury