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Where Was The Railway Children Return Filmed?

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A sequel to the 1970 movie ‘The Railway Children’ by Lionel Jeffries, which itself is based on E. Nesbit’s eponymous book, ‘The Railway Children Return’ is a family drama movie directed by Morgan Matthews. Set during the Second World War, the narrative follows a group of children — Lily, Pattie, and Ted Watts — who are sent by their mother to a village. At the destination station, they encounter an injured American soldier named Abe, after which they get pulled into a life-threatening adventure to assist their new friend in his mission.

Just like the siblings, he is also a long way away from his home. Apart from the adventurous and familial narrative, what keeps the viewers hooked on the sequel are the familiar and picturesque locations that appear throughout the movie. If you wish to know where ‘The Railway Children Return’ was shot and if the sites from the original movie were used or not, we have got you covered!

The Railway Children Return Filming Locations

‘The Railway Children Return’ was filmed entirely in England, specifically in West Yorkshire. The principal photography for the family drama reportedly commenced in May 2021 and seemingly wrapped up in late June of the same year. So, without further ado, let’s get on board and traverse all the specific locations where the movie was shot!

West Yorkshire, England

All the pivotal sequences for ‘The Railway Children Return’ were lensed on location in West Yorkshire, a metropolitan and ceremonial county in England. In particular, a majority of the scenes were taped in and around the city of Bradford. The iconic Oakworth Railway Station on Vale Terrace in Oakworth and Keighley & Worth Valley Railway on Station Road in Haworth, both in Keighley, served as a couple of prominent production locations for the sequel. In addition, the exterior of the Brontë Parsonage Museum on Church Street in Haworth, Keighley, doubled for the Oakworth doctor’s house. 

Many locations across Haworth Main Street were given a fresh makeover to stand in for appropriate shops for the movie, such as The Souk was transformed into Oakworth Village Butchers, and new signs were hung for the Red Lion pub and a dress shop. Furthermore, The Black Bull Haworth at 119 Main Street, St. Michael & All Angels Church at 125 Main Street, The Old School Room on Church Street, and Mytholmes Tunnel near Haworth were utilized for shooting the movie.

The Bents Farm in Oxenhope doubled as the home building of the children, which is also known as Three Chimneys, in the movie. It also features in the original film. When it comes to the US Army Base sequences, they were lensed in Salts Mill on Victoria Road in Saltaire.

For shooting the train sequences, the filming unit predominantly utilized three steam locomotives — 5820 USA Transportation Corp, Class S160 (also known as “Big Jim”), 43924 LMS Class 4F, and the 45596 “Bahamas” LMS Jubilee Class. Apart from them, 78022 BR Standard Class 2 2-6-0 also features in a few scenes. West Yorkshire has hosted the production of several other movies and TV shows, other than ‘The Railway Children Return.’ Some of them are ‘Jane Eyre,’ ‘Official Secrets,’ ‘The King’s Speech,’ ‘Peaky Blinders,’ and ‘The English Game.’

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