Relive ‘The Railway Children’

 

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Step back in time and relive the famous story of The Railway Children. Stand on the bridge in Ebor Lane and watch the vintage steam trains puff their way up and down the valley, or jump aboard and imagine you’re in The Railway Children as you travel to the Edwardian Oakworth station – the location for the famous 1970s film. The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway and the surrounding towns and villages were used extensively in the 1970 film The Railway Children and several of the railway’s steam locomotives also featured.

Oxenhope

Start your journey at Oxenhope, the original terminus of the line at 660ft above sea level. Visit the Exhibition shed across from the station building, housing a collection of locomotives and rolling stock – just like the ones enjoyed by the Children in the Railway Children. Take a closer look and take photos – and don’t forget to have your photo taken with our cut out of the stars of the film!

Fancy a short walk

Hop on the train at Oxenhope and enjoy a short journey along the line to Haworth. From here you can take a pleasant walk of approximately 2 miles in length along local roads and across open countryside to Oakworth. This walk takes in the some of the most iconic scenes in the film.

  • Mytholmes Railway tunnel where ‘Jim’ the schoolboy injured his leg whilst running in a paper chase.
  • The embankment on the left hand side of the tunnel mouth is where the landslide was filmed.
  • Below on the railway line in front, the children waved their red flannel petticoats to warn the driver of the 11.29 train of the danger. Note: It is over forty years since the film was made and the trees have matured so the best views from here are in winter when the trees have lost their foliage.
  • Oakworth Station and the railway crossing gates, the location where much of the story is filmed.
  • Station Cottage, the home of the Perks family is the first house immediately after the crossing.

There are few outdoor scenes from the film not seen during your walking tour of the Valley. A comprehensive map and guide to the walk is available from KWVR shops. Background information on the making of the 1970 ‘The Railway Children’ film, with info on locations, locomotives used and more click HERE. Due to the very nature of the countryside this walk is not suitable for the less mobile, wheelchairs and children in pushchairs.

Not for walking?

Instead of getting off at Haworth, stay on the train and alight at the next station, Oakworth. The station and the railway crossing gates are the locations where much of the story is filmed.

Oakworth

Whether arriving by foot, having walked down from Haworth, or on the train you cannot but be impressed by the quiet solitude of Oakworth, set near the bottom of the hill from the village itself. The Station can still be seen much as was in the period 1905–1910. It is still lit by gas lights both inside the buildings and on the platform. The duty foreman at Oakworth also has responsibility for the level crossing at the end of the platform, which is controlled by interlocked signals which he uses to control entry to, and exit from the station. If you are waiting for a train for your onward journey make sure you have a timetable in your possession. On days when there is one train running you may have a long wait until the next one, so be prepared and plan accordingly.

Ingrow

Now catch the train and continue your journey to Ingrow. Ingrow never featured in the film but the Museum of Rail Travel is the home of the Vintage Carriages Trust (VCT). A number of the carriages used in the making of the film have been lovingly restored by VCT and you can look around them and sit inside those that have been restored to pristine condition.

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