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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 ... 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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Official Sites:

PBS [United States]





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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Carlton Television See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The eldest of the railway children, Roberta, is named after Berta Ruck, a close friend of E. Nesbit. 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: Open mine, it's pencils! If you don't want them, I'll have them!
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Version of The Railway Children (1957) See more »

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User Reviews

a beautiful film
20 November 2001 | by SylviastelSee all my reviews

I really loved this film. It is beautifully done with a stellar cast of actors and actresses. The countryside setting is beautiful and heavenly. A touching story of a rich family who becomes poor and loses their father to prison. Their relationship with Sir Richard Attenborough's character is charming, delightful, and wishful. The children seek escape from their problems at the railroad tracks. By a simple wave, they begin a wonderful relationship. Sir Richard is more like a Santa Claus character and he does his humanly best to help them. It doesn't matter by the end, that they still live poorly than before as long as they're still together. I would strongly recommend this film version and the Edith Nesbit book to teachers and their English classes. I think they would benefit it form it.

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