The Railway Children Return

The Railway Children Return: Photo courtesy of STUDIOCANAL - Credit Jaap Buitendijk

Out now on Blu-ray and DVD!

Inspired by one of the most beloved British family films of all time, The Railway Children Return is an enchanting, moving, and heart-warming adventure for a new generation. Set and filmed in Yorkshire, The Railway Children Return remained true to the much loved classic, revisiting many of the historic locations in Bradford District that appear in the original film.

A feature film with Yorkshire at its heart, Screen Yorkshire’s Film Office supported many skilled local crew and trainees to secure roles on The Railway Children Return across a number of departments, including; production, art, costume, locations, props, sound, lighting and accounts.

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1944 – As life in Britain’s cities becomes increasingly perilous, three evacuee children – Lily (Beau Gadsdon), Pattie (Eden Hamilton) and Ted (Zac Cudby) Watts – are sent by their mother from Salford to the Yorkshire village of Oakworth. There to meet them on the train station platform are Bobbie Waterbury (Jenny Agutter, reprising her iconic role in the original film), her daughter, Annie (Sheridan Smith), and grandson Thomas (Austin Haynes), and with their help the evacuees are soon settling into their new life in the countryside. When the children discover injured American soldier Abe (KJ Aikens), hiding out in the railyard at Oakworth Station, they are thrust into a dangerous quest to assist their new friend who, like them, is a long way from home.

Film score composed by Edward Farmer, from Huddersfield

The film score for The Railway Children Return was composed by musician Edward Farmer, a prolific composer for film & TV, who grew up in Huddersfield. Find out more about Edward’s illustrious career working as a composer for film and TV in our crew spotlight interview.

Composer Edward Farmer conducts the orchestra who performed the score for The Railway Children Return

One of the first pieces of music I wrote for the film was a cue titled “God’s Country”. This was early in the edit, so I was composing just to script and a couple of short sequences, but the film already had a wonderful spirit. The characters, storytelling, and cinematography are engaging and beautiful, and translating the emotions of the story into a musical language was a joy. I grew up about 20 miles from where the film is set, so I had a great sense of the people and places that surround the story. Yorkshire often gets attention for its filming locations, but to me, it’s a place rich in culture, music, art, and generosity. It’s this spirit, combined with a sense of adventure, that I tried to capture in “God’s Country” - and this cue went on to form the essence of the whole musical score.

Edward Farmer, Composer, The Railway Children Return

Filming locations

Set and filmed in Yorkshire, The Railway Children Return remained true to the much loved classic, revisiting many of the historic locations in Bradford District, that featured in the original film. Filming locations include the iconic Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, with a number of the beautifully preserved stations on the line featured in the film, from Keighley Station, to Oakworth, Damems and Oxenhope.

The Railway Children Return also filmed at a number of locations in the picturesque village of Haworth, famously home to the Brontë sisters, including Brontë Parsonage Museum, the landmark Old Black Bull Pub, a number of shops on the high street, St Michael’s & All Angels Church and the Old School Rooms, Church Street, Haworth as well as the iconic Salts Mill in Saltaire.

Screen Yorkshire’s Film Office supported the production to film in Yorkshire, with additional locations support provided by Bradford Film Office.