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The Railway Children 

Dramatization of E. Nesbit's classic novel about three children whose lives change Dramatically after they move to a Yorkshire cottage near a railway line.


Catherine Morshead


Simon Nye (screenplay by), E. Nesbit (based on the novel by)
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Blumenau Jack Blumenau ... Peter
Clare Thomas ... Phyllis
Jemima Rooper ... Bobbie
Jenny Agutter ... Mother
Michael Kitchen ... Father
Valerie Minifie Valerie Minifie ... Cook
Melanie Clark Pullen Melanie Clark Pullen ... Ruth
Georgie Glen ... Aunt Emma
Gregor Fisher ... Perks
Amanda Walker ... Mrs. Ransome
Clive Russell ... Station Master
Richard Attenborough ... The Old Gentleman
David Bamber ... Doctor Forrest
Jane Wood Jane Wood ... Mrs. Viney
Ian Gain Ian Gain ... Bargee


Dramatization of E. Nesbit's classic novel about three children whose lives change Dramatically after they move to a Yorkshire cottage near a railway line.

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Drama | Romance


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The scenes of the Great Northern and Southern Railway were filmed on the preserved Bluebell Railway. The station used for filming was Horsted Keynes. See more »


In the scene where the children are on the canal bridge they watch a horse drawn canal boat pass under the bridge, the boat however is a motor boat and not an unpowered boat, motor boats did not appear on the canals until the 1920s. See more »


Phyllis: I'll die if I don't have a sandwich.
Peter: [sighs] Give her a silly sandwich!
[peers down the tunnel]
Peter: I think the boy in the red jersey has had an accident. As we speak, he's probably lying there, his head on the metals, an unresisting prey to any passing ex...
Bobbie: [pulls Peter's hat over his eyes] Oh, stop talking like a book! Keep behind me. And if a train comes, stand flat against the wall and hold your petticoats against you.
Phyllis: I will if you give me a SANDWICH!
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Remake of The Railway Children (1970) See more »

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Simply wonderful
12 April 2004 | by FrozenDreamerSee all my reviews

I watched this movie out of sheer chance. Sitting far away from my remote, and on a lazy Easter Monday afternoon... I couldn't be bother to get up and change the channel... so just stayed where I was and watched this great film.

There is no death... no destruction. It's just a happy film that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. It's really good... so if you get the chance to watch it, do.

10 flaps outta 10 because it made me happy. And make sure you have a big box of chocolates with you when you watch it as well... coz it makes it even sweeter :) FrozenDreamer xxx

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Release Date:

12 November 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les enfants du chemin de fer See more »

Filming Locations:

Lasham, Hampshire, England, UK See more »

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Production Co:

Carlton Television See more »
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1.78 : 1
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