‘The Railway Children’ Weekend, 2nd – 4th May

Join us as we celebrate 45 years since the filming of ‘The Railway Children’ right here at the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.

The Railway will be running a special timetable using some of the coaches from the film on a vintage train. Well known scenes from the film will be re-enacted around the Oakworth area where tea and buns will be served. In addition there will be guided tours of Oakworth Station and also of locations used in the film well known to generations of children and adults alike.

Weekend schedule

  • Every day – Re-enactments of scenes from the film
  • Every day – ‘Old Gentleman’s’ coach open to the public at Oxenhope
  • Sunday & Monday – Guest appearance of Chris Witty who played the hapless schoolboy Jim in the film
  • Saturday & Monday – Guided Railway Children walks from Oxenhope and Oakworth
  • Saturday & Sunday – Haworth Locomotive Works tour
  • Monday – Railway Children Bus Tour
  • Official launch of the 3rd edition of the book, ‘The Making of the Railway Children’
  • Every day – programme of events including historic coaches used in the film and rides behind ‘Sir Berkeley’ in a rare vintage coach.

And add to this 2 train operation every day with 43924 and 34092 ‘Wells’

For more details and timetable of events

Locomotive Roster for ‘The Railway Children’ Weekend

With the May Bank Holiday stretching the weekend to 3 days and ‘The Railway Children’ weekend running across all 3 days we have two train operation on for all to enjoy.

On the roster for the whole weekend are MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 and West Country Pacific 34092 ‘Wells’.

Class 101 DMU will be on all the diesel services.

And don’t forget, mid-week, the Diesel Railcar Service that operates on Wednesday.

For the timetables in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the main website.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Featured image: Peter Guy

3rd Edition of ‘The Making of The Railway Children’ Now Available

The Railway, through the dedication of long standing volunteer, ex-Oakworth station master and Haworth Station employee, Jim Shipley, has released a new edition of the best-selling book on the making of ‘The Railway Children’ which is available now from Haworth Station and is selling well, so don’t miss your copy.


First published in 2010 to coincide with the film’s 40th anniversary celebrations, this updated and enlarged third edition is crammed with memories from many of the volunteers and locals who worked on the film and there are over 140 photographs, many previously unpublished.

Read more about this excellent book about the iconic 1970s film, click HERE.

3rd Edition of ‘The Making of The Railway Children’ on sale 2nd March

The Railway, through the dedication of long standing volunteer and Haworth Station employee, Jim Shipley, is releasing a new edition of its best-selling book on the making of ‘The Railway Children’ which will be published in March and available from Haworth Station on 2nd March.


First published in 2010 to coincide with the film’s 40th anniversary celebrations, this updated and enlarged third edition is crammed with memories from many of the volunteers and locals who worked on the film and there are over 140 photographs, many previously unpublished.

STOP PRESS – Bachmann ‘The Railway Children’ Train Pack

Just in time for Christmas the Haworth shop has just received the Bachmann ‘The Railway Children’ Train pack.

The pack comprises

  • GWR 57xx Pannier tank GNSR livery (as featured in the film)
  • Two GNSR livery coaches (as featured in the film)
  • Scenecraft Oakworth station building (specially commissioned)

Does not include track or controller

This collectable gift pack will delight fans young and old, of the popular children’s film. Based on the novel of the same name by E. Nesbit, the film follows the adventures of the Waterbury children on the fictional ‘Great Northern and Southern Railway’ in Yorkshire. The director Lionel Jeffries used the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway and its station Oakworth as a backdrop for the film.


Price: £129

For more model railway train sets, packs and rolling stock, click HERE.

‘The Railway Children’ 00 scale Model Train Pack

Model train manufacturer, Bachmann, has announced the introduction a range of highly collectable railway gift packs that evoke the nostalgia of Britain’s historic railways. Of greatest interest in this series of three packs is ‘The Railway Children’ pack. These are not the traditional train sets as these packs do not feature track but instead feature a locomotive and rolling stock.

The pack for The Railway Children includes our GWR 0-6-0 Pannier Tank 5775 in the GNSR livery and two GNSR livery coaches (as featured in the film). In addition the pack includes a specially commissioned Scenecraft Oakworth station to complete the scene and a certificate to mark the purchase.

We will keep you informed as to when these exclusive products will be available are they will make wonderful gifts for the seasoned collector or that special someone.

Others in the series, all featuring ex-GWR locomotives, are The Shakespeare Express and a First World War Ambulance Train.


Railway Children Weekend : 3rd – 5th May

Following on from Christmas showing of the favourite children’s film, The Railway Children, the spotlight once again turns to the railway where the original film was made, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. Whilst Jenny Agutter (Roberta [Bobbie]), Gary Warren (Peter) or Sally Thomsett (Phyllis) or any other of the actors in the film will not be there on the day, a local contingent  will play the various characters and re-enact scenes from this wonderful and ageless film. Sadly the Green Dragon and the other engines in the film are currently retired from active duty but engines from the current operating fleet will play the star roles those retired engines fulfilled in the film.

Click here for more details on the main website.

This event has become a must visit on the Worth Valley Railway calendar, so take a look at this video by Mollsmyre to see what the day has in store.

Readers may also like to view the excellent short video from the On Location TV program that looked back at filming of the The Railway Children.

Merlin Top Primary Academy bring ‘The Railway Children’ to Life

As part of their studies, Year 3 children at Merlin Top Primary Academy in Keighley are reading ‘The Railway Children’ and watching the film and, to help bring their studies to life, 50 children and staff spent a day on the Railway in November.

On a cold and frosty morning the children were transported by Diesel Rail Bus at Oxenhope to Ingrow for a visit to the Vintage Carriages Trust museum, stopping at Oakworth en route so that the children could see where the film had been made. After an enjoyable time in the museum it was back on the Rail Bus to Keighley and return to Oxenhope for lunch. The children ate their packed lunch in the Buffet and then visited the Exhibition Shed where they had photographs with the Railway Children cut outs.

The children have written to the Railway to say how much they enjoyed their day and the staff commented that it was one of the best school trips they have done. For some children the highlight was the ride on the rail bus, for others the carriages in the Ingrow museum, for others going on the footplate of Lord Mayor or visiting the Exhibition Shed and for some, simply having their lunch in Oxenhope Buffet.

If you know a school that would like to organise an educational visit like this one, or just arrange a school outing and ride on the Railway, contact the railway by e-mail admin@kwvr.co.uk, telephone: 01535 640464 (09:00-17:30, 7 days a week) or fax 01535 647317

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