The Railway Children Return to Oakworth Station!

What can we say, an absolutely brilliant day for the World Premiere and a delight to welcome the cast back to the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.

On Sunday the 3rd of July, The Railway Children Return World Premiere took place at Keighley Picture House, just around the corner from the original cinema that premiered the 1970 EMI production ‘The Railway Children’. As part of the World Premiere, the cast and press were invited to Oakworth Station, with a special journey behind the film’s star 5820 ‘Big Jim’.

Keighley & Worth Valley volunteer Craig Szlatoszlavek was on hand to catch all the action at Oakworth Station, including the cast John Bradley, KJ Aikens, Zac Cudby, Austin Haynes, Eden Hamilton, Beau Gadsdon, Sheridan Smith, Tom Courtenay and Jenny Agutter.


Volunteers started the preparation for the premiere early on Sunday morning with the Yard foreman signing on at 0425, to begin preparing the steam locomotives in service 5820 ‘Big Jim’& 52044 ‘Green Dragon’.

The Railway Children Return

The stars line up on Oakworth station in front of 5820 ‘Big Jim’for press photo opportunities.

Media Interviews

Plenty of interviews took place, including with Phil Bodmer from BBC Yorkshire & John Mitchell from ITV Calendar. Interviews on the special took place in the Vintage Carriage Trusts ‘Chatham’carriage, which features in the film too.

5820 ‘Big Jim’

Not forgetting the real start of the day, 5820 ‘Big Jim’hauled the special film premiere service.