Railway grown-ups are reunited

FOUR decades have passed since the adventures of three Edwardian children – Roberta, Peter and Phyllis – first charmed film audiences.

Yesterday three stars of the 1970 film version Edith Nesbit's classic The Railway Children were reunited at the Bradford International Film Festival for the premiere of a newly-restored version of the classic, filmed in Bront Country.

Jenny Agutter, who played Bobbie, Sally Thomsett, who took the role of Phyllis and Bernard Cribbins who played Perks, the station porter, were all in Bradford yesterday.

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Optimum Releasing has restored the film, with the new version released in cinemas next month . It is also due to be released on DVD in May.

Film-makers have been back in Yorkshire recording interviews for the new DVD with locals who were involved.

The premiere took place as the 11-day film festival came to a conclusion.