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.
A special timetable operates on all three days of the event. For more details of train and Oakworth re-enactment times ⇒
The Making of the Railway Children
This weekend sees the official launch of the third edition of Jim Shipley’s book ‘The Making of the Railway Children’. Priced at £5.95, this latest edition has previous unpublished reminiscences of the time the Railway hosted this major film production together with previously unseen photographs and is available from Haworth Station shop.
For more information about the book, ‘The Making of The Railway Children’, click HERE.
To add to the occasion, the Railway are delighted that actor Chris Witty will be visiting on Sunday and Monday to take in part the official launch of the book. Readers will recall Chris as the unlucky ‘Jim’, who, taking part in a cross country paper chase, fell over and broke his leg in Mytholmes Tunnel.
Old Gentleman’s Saloon
Although non operational at the moment, the Old Gentleman’s Saloon will be on display at Oxenhope Station and available for visitor’s to go on board, look round on all three days and take the opportunity to sit in the Old Gentleman’s chair! Owner of this venerable coach, Chris Lawson will be on hand to answer questions and explain the history of the vehicle.
Guided Railway Children Walks
Saturday 2nd and Monday 4th May
A circular walk from Oxenhope:
Walk A : visit 3 Chimneys house and the stile where Mr Perks had problems. A 45 minute walk from OXENHOPE STATION departing at 1005, 1130, 1300, 1430.
Walk B : we visit The Doctors House, Post Office & Shops where the children told people about Perks’s birthday, see the Tunnel & Landslide sites. We finish with a tour of Oakworth. A 90 minute walk starting from HAWORTH STATION at 10.00, 12.15, 14.30
Both walks are at times over rough ground, so stout shoes are required. Both involve hilly bits so those less able at walking could have problems and the terrain is unsuitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
You can book your place on either (or both?) walk by contacting the office on 01535 645214, open Monday – Friday, 11.00 – 16.00. We do not make a charge for the walks, both are are Free of Charge. but donations to the KWVR Charity will be welcome.
At the Vintage Carriages Trust ‘The Museum of Rail Travel’ there will be a programme of events. Join in the magic of the well know film , explore the carriages, not on the service train, used in the making of this film and learn more about its production. There will also be the opportunity for children to take part in some special Railway Children activities.
0-6-0ST ‘Sir Berkeley’ will also be in use at Ingrow giving rides in the Great Northern coach and the diminutive 0-4-0ST ‘Lord Mayor’ should be on static display. ‘Sir Berkeley’ featured in the 1967 BBC TV series, that preceded the making of the film, the coach featured in the film and Lord Mayor was used for publicity shots for the film.
Railway Children Bus Tour
On Monday, in addition, there will be a special bus service linking Haworth, Oxenhope, Oakworth and Ingrow visiting some of the sites featured in the film. There will be a guide on board the bus pointing out all the main visible scenes from the film. Click on the link below for times.
Photo: Robert Batty