Visitors to Keighley steam railway celebrate classic movie

Visitors enjoy The Railway Children weekend

Visitors enjoy The Railway Children weekend

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Visitors flocked to Keighley’s heritage railway to celebrate a classic movie which catapulted the line to international fame.

Activities were staged over the weekend and yesterday showcasing the 1970 film version of The Railway Children, Edith Nesbit’s timeless tale.

The movie, directed by Lionel Jeffries, was shot on the five-mile Keighley & Worth Valley line.

Among the attractions was a visit on Sunday by Chris Witty, who starred in the film as Jim, the young runner who injured his leg after falling in the tunnel and was nursed back to health at Three Chimneys.

“Chris was delighted to be back and spent several hours with us,” said Keighley & Worth Valley Railway spokesman Jim Shipley.

“The response from the public showed the huge amount of fondness that people still have for the film and the high regard in which it is held by so many, taking them back to another age.

“The Railway Children weekend is not one of our bigger events but it is always popular. It was very busy, particularly at Oakworth on Sunday.”

* For the full story and more photos, see this week’s Keighley News

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