February 24, 2017


The Railway Children – 1970 | 109mins | Drama | Colour


Plot Synopsis

The Railway Children

Director Lionel Jeffries‘ adaptation of E. Nesbit’s classic Edwardian story starring Dinah Sheridan, Jenny Agutter and Bernard Cribbins has become a much-loved children’s film with many pleasing touches to compensate for its meandering plot.

After their father (Ian Cuthbertson), a government official, is imprisoned on Christmas Day on suspicion of being a spy, a charge of treason, three children, Bobbie (Jenny Agutter), Phyllis (Sally Thomsett) and Peter (Gary Warren) find their lives change dramatically after they leave their comfortable middle-class home to go live in a Yorkshire country cottage with a railway line at the bottom of the garden. Their mother (Dinah Sheridan) was forced to make the move due to a reduced lack of income and the inevitable scandal resulting from their fatherís imprisonment, but the children – ignorant of the situation – soon settle in to their new home and meet many new friends. Due to their motherís illness the children befriend the proud yet kindly porter (Bernard Cribbins) and a wealthy train-travelling gentlemen (William Mervyn), they also meet a shabby-looking Russian author on the station platform during their adventures. Some of their new acquaintances volunteer to help prove their father’s innocence before a tear jerking finale.

Production Team

Lionel Jeffries: Director
Arthur Ibbetson: Cinematography
Elsa Fennell: Costume Design
Teddy Darvas: Editing
Helen Lennox: Makeup Department
Jock Alexander: Makeup Department
Johnny Douglas: Original Music
Robert Lynn: Producer
Geoffrey Leggett: Production Design
Lionel Jeffries: Script
Bill Creed: Sound Department
Pat Moore: Special Effects
John Richardson: Special Effects


Dinah Sheridan: Mrs Waterbury
Bernard Cribbins: Albert Perks
William Mervyn: Old Gentleman
Iain Cuthbertson: Charles Waterbury
Jenny Agutter: Bobbie Waterbury
Sally Thomsett: Phyllis Waterbury
Gary Warren: Peter Waterbury
Peter Bromilow: Doctor
Gordon Whiting: Russian

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