The Railway Children

It’s Christmas time, and as well as Santa Clause travelling every weekend between Oxenhope and Keighley, you can be sure of one thing – The Railway Children will be on the television at least once during the festive period. The film had its Christmas exposure today and appropriately we bring you a video that may have passed you by.

Having been made over 40 years ago and been the subject of an award-winning book by long serving member Jim Shipley – Making of the Railway Children – the film was the subject of an edition of On Location, a documentary charting the making of the film and the way the Railway and some of our officers, in one way or another, contributed to the lasting success the film enjoys. Although first aired a few years ago, it is possible that many of our readers missed this excellent documentary and, so, we are pleased to bring this video today for your enjoyment.

Presented by actor John Middleton, more familiar as Ashley Thomas in Emmerdale, this is a nicely presented 10 minute cameo and we are delighted to bring it to a wider audience.

Interestingly, The Railway Children is referred to as “our film”, due testimony to the manner in which the film and the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway are intrinsically linked.

Earlier this year the Railway held a Railway Children Day and this superb video visits all the locations used in the film.

Video: Steve Ball

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