Making of ‘The Railway Children’

Jim Shipley’s book, now into a third edition is the definitive work on the making of the iconic film and is a must for everyone who admires this iconic film that, virtually overnight, transformed the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

The making of the film The Railway Children is a story in itself and the third edition of our acclaimed book on the making of The Railway Children film is on sale in Haworth Station shop.


The first edition was  published to coincide with the film’s 40th anniversary celebrations, the 2nd in 2012 and now the third in 2015. The book describes the making of the film as seen through the eyes of the railway volunteers who were actually involved over forty years ago. It includes over 100 colour and B&W photographs, many of which have never been published before, showing the railway, actors and  crew during the making of the film. It also gives information on the filming, behind-the-scenes gossip and trivia, personal recollections of railway staff and much more.

Its pages are crammed with memories from many of the volunteers and locals who worked on the film and, in the latest addition,  includes an exclusive interview with Chris Witty who plays the unlucky Jim in the film. From the second edition, Gary Warren recalls his role as ‘Peter’ and exclusively reveals details of his subsequent career – it will surprise many people. The book also features the late Dinah Sheridan (learn about her curious souvenir of the film), and Bernard Cribbins (what he said about our Mr. Mitchell on a return visit). We also hear how ‘Daddy My Daddy’ nearly caught the wrong train, and we learn all about the struggle to create the famous landslide scene.

Lovingly compiled by former Oakworth Station Master, Jim Shipley, this book is sure to fascinate, inform and entertain anyone who recalls this wonderful film and has a love of steam trains and beautiful Yorkshire counryside. Published on 1st March 2015 at £5.95 (plus p&p), it is available directly from the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.

The 2nd edition drew this review on Amazon, “A wonderful and modestly priced publication, fully worthy of its place as a tribute to the making of quite possibly the best children’s film ever made.”

To secure your copy, call in to Haworth Station shop or phone 01535 640464.