The film opens in a happy, comfortable upper middle-class home in Edwardian London. One night in 1905, the three children see their father usher two strangers into his study. After an argument he leaves with them and does not return. They and their mother fall on hard times and eventually move to a cottage in the country. Yet they keep their spirits up and find ways to help others. Fascinated by the nearby railway, they wave to the passengers faithfully every day, and their vigilance and courage prevent an accident. Their kindness makes friends of some important people who can help solve the mystery of their missing father. Written by
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What's the unexpected secret that turns their world upside down?
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Did You Know?
The late Bob Cryer
, his wife Ann Cryer
and son John were all extras during the filming on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. Labour MP Bob Cryer was a prime mover in restoring the historic railway, and played the train guard. In the final scene, Bernard Cribbins
can be heard to say "Right away, Mr Cryer" before the the train pulls out. Likewise, Graham Mitchell
, another volunteer, played a train guard in other scenes and Bernard Cribbins
again referred to him by name. See more
When the children catch their first view of the 'Green Dragon' express thundering out of the tunnel adjacent to their home, a shot of the fireman stoking the locomotive shows a stationary bush in the window behind him, indicating the sequence was shot on a halted engine. See more
May I borrow your lamp please.
I dare say.
If you say 'I dare say' once more I shall have hysterics, I dare say.
As the end credit captions are displayed the shot tracks towards a steam locomotive, in front of which are gathered the principal cast. They are surrounded by extras portraying local townspeople, who wave and say goodbye to the audience. All the while, Jenny Agutter is preoccupied with writing something on a slate. As the camera reaches her, she holds it up to display the words "The End". See more
Version of The Railway Children
Pretty Polly Perkins of Paddington Green
Written by Harry Clifton
Performed by Perks at the birthday party See more