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?
Producer Lionel Jeffries
chose to use the real name Oakworth (the station where most of the film was shot), changing the name from Meadow Vale as used in E. Nesbit
's original novel. See more
When the family move to Yorkshire in 1905, the children run through the field and stand at the gate to wave to the train. There is a vapor trail in the sky. See more
Well I must be getting along, lots to do. Perks must be about it.
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