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"The Railway Children"
1906 Novel by E. Nesbit

cover for 'The Railway Children' 1906 novel            synopsis & history

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           color publicity still from 1970 'The Railway Children' feature film

"Miracles do happen, and we live in the hope of them, don't we?"
— from "The Railway Children"

"Stick to it. Everything has an end, and you get to it if you only keep all on."
— Peter, in "The Railway Children"


Synopsis

           The father of a family in Victorian London is taken away by two strangers; the wife & three children
fall on hard times and move to a country cottage beside a railway. The kids' faith and vigilance and
courage prevent an accident on the railway, leading to solution of the mystery of their missing father.

History of The Books
           Days after

official Edith Nesbit and The Railway Children booksite
book entry at Wikipedia

The  Book
magazine serial 1905; novel 1906 by Edith Nesbit [1858-1924]
official booksite • book entry at Wikipedia

            

cover of Penguin pb edition of 'The Railway Children'       cover of Usborne Young Reading pb edition of 'The Railway Children', illustrated by Alan Marks       red cover of Puffin Classics pb edition of 'The Railway Children'       cover of Dover Evergreen Classics pb edition of 'The Railway Children'       cover of Collector's Library pb edition of 'The Railway Children'       cover of Puffin Australia pb edition of 'The Railway Children'       cover of Alma Classics pb edition of 'The Railway Children', illustrated by Peter Bailey       cover of Macmillan Little Readers pb edition of 'The Railway Children'      

Puffin 7¾x5 pb [11/94] out of print/100+ used
Pearson 8x4¾ pb [2/2000] out of print/used
Dover Evergreen Classics 8¼x5¼ pb [5/2000] for $4.99
CreateSpace 9x6pb [7/2015] for $9.03

Everyman's Library 8¼x6½ hardcover [5/93] for $16.38
Macmillan illustrated 5¾x4½ hardcover [9/95] out of print/used
SeaStar illustrated 9¼x6½ hardcover [7/2005] out of print/used
Alma Classics illustrated 8¼x6 hardcover [8/2016] price unknown - pre-order?  8/2016

Kindle  Editions
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The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit in Kindle format  "The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit" for Kindle [2012]
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [5/2012] for FREE {sic}
"The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit" for Kindle [2015]
with the original illustrations by C.E. Brock

Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [4/2015] for 99ข {sic}

The  Author/s

Edith Nesbit [1858-1924]
English author and poet Edith Nesbit published books for children under the name of E. Nesbit; she wrote or collaborated on more than 60 books of fiction for children.
She was also a political activist and co-founded socialist organisation The Fabian Society in 1884.

Edith Nesbit was born in Kennington, Greater London, U.K. on 15 August 1858; the family moved around England, France, Spain, and Germany, returning to London in 1875. In April 1880, Edith married bank clerk Hubert Bland [1855-1914]; she was seven months pregnant. Their marriage was both open and stormy; Hubert fathered several more children by other women, and brought them into the household; Edith is said to have had an affair with fellow Fabian Society member George Bernard Shaw. Nesbit's children were Paul Bland [1880-1940], Iris Bland [1881-1950s]; and Fabian Bland [1885-1900]; her adopted children (fathered by Hubert) were Rosamund Bland [1886-1950] and John Bland [1899-1971].
Edith Nesbit entry at Wikipedia • Edith Nesbit credits list [1913-2004] at Internet Movie Database
search books on author 'E. Nesbit' {returns 900+ titles} at Amazon

'The Essential E. Nesbit Collection' in Kindle format  "The Essential E. Nesbit Collection, Illustrated (16 books)" for Kindle [6/2009]
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [6/2009] for $1.99 {sic}
contains 16 books of fiction, with 10 unique illustrations: "In Homespun" [1896]; "Beautiful Stories From Shake-speare" [1897 & 1907]; "The Story of The Treasure Seekers" [1899]; "The Wouldbegoods" [1901]; "The Book of Dragons" [stories 1901]; "Five Children and It" [1902]; "New Treasure Seekers" [1904]; "The Phoenix and The Carpet" [1904]; "Oswald Bastable and Others" [stories 1905]; "The Railway Children" [1906]; "The Story of The Amulet" [1906]; "The Incomplete Amorist" [1906]; "The Enchanted Castle" [1907]; "Harding's Luck" [1909]; "The Magic City" [1910]; and "The Magic World" [stories 1912]
Ultimate Collection of Classic Children's Books by E. Nesbit in Kindle format from Amazon Digital Services  "The Ultimate Collection of Classic Children's Books by E. Nesbit (23 Books)" for Kindle [2011]
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [12/2011] for $3.95
contains 23 books: "All Round The Year" {long poem}; "Beautiful Stories From Shakespeare"; "The Book of Dragons"; "The Enchanted Castle"; "Five Children and It"; "Harding's Luck"; "In Homespun"; "The Incomplete Amorist"; "Landscape and Song"; "The Magic City"; "The Magic World"; "Man and Maid"; "Many Voices" {poems}; "New Treasure Seekers"; "Oswald Bastable and Others"; "The Phoenix and The Carpet"; "Pussy and Doggy Tales"; "The Railway Children" [1906]; "The Rainbow and The Rose"; "Royal Children of English History"; "The Story of The Amulet"; "The Story of The Treasure Seekers"; and "The Wouldbegoods"
Complete Works of E. Nesbit in Kindle format from Delphi Classics  
"The Complete {Works} of E. Nesbit" for Kindle [2013]
Kindle Edition from Delphi Classics [10/2013] for $2.51
contains 14 children's novels, 8 novels for adults, 10 short story collections (with 2 indexes), 6 poetry collections (with 2 indexes), plus non-fiction, Nesbit's autobiography, and critical essays by others
Edith Nesbit Megapack in Kindle format from Wildside Press  "The E. Nesbit Megapack: 26 Classic Novels and Stories" for Kindle [2014]
Kindle Edition from Wildside Press [1/2014] for 99ข {sic}
contains 7 novels: "The Story of The Treasure Seekers" [1899]; "Five Children and It" [1902]; "The Phoenix and The Carpet" [1904]; "The Story of The Amulet" [1906]; "The Railway Children" [1906]; "The Enchanted Castle" [1907]; and "The Magic City" [1910]; and 19 short stories


Ada J. Graves [1870-1918]
Ada Jane Graves was born in Benares, Bengal, British India in 1870; her family was living in Scotland in 1881; she married in Newfoundland, Canada in 1905,
and was killed by an earthquake in India in 1918. She is known for three children's books: "The House By The Railway" [1896], "Four Little People
At Silverhaven" [1898], and "The Little Brown House" [1902].

'The House By The Railway' children's book by Ada J. Graves  News stories in 2011 reported the many striking similarities between Nesbit's "The Rail-way Children" and Graves's "The House By The Railway", which was less successful but published ten years earlier. What is curious is that publication of Nesbit's bestselling novel in 1906 did not stir up a comparison of the books back then – even if Graves was already living in India with her new husband, somebody should have noticed. The book was pub-lished by The National Sunday School Union and is quite rare, as are photos of the cover.
March 2011 news story from U.K. Daily Mail newspaper

Movies  and  Television
Edith Nesbit credits list [1913-2004] at Internet Movie Database
character credits for Roberta 'Bobbie' Waterbury at Internet Movie Database

                         

The Railway Children 1951 BBC-TV series  "The Railway Children" TV series [BBC-TV Feb 1951]
12 half-hour b&w episodes produced, written & directed by Dorothea Brooking;
starring Jean Anderson, Marian Chapman, Michael Croudson & Carole Lorimer
kinescopes/VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDb
The Railway Children 1957 BBC-TV series  "The Railway Children" TV mini-series [BBC-TV March 1957]
8 half-hour b&w episodes produced, written & directed by Dorothea Brooking; starring
Jean Anderson, Anneke Wills, Cavan Kendall, Sandra Michaels, Richard Warner
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDb
The Railway Children 1968 BBC-TV series  "The Railway Children" TV mini-series [BBC-TV May-June 1968]
7 half-hour b&w episodes directed by Julia Smith; written by Denis Constanduros;
starring Ann Castle, Jenny Agutter, Neil McDermott, Gillian Bailey, Gordon Gostelow
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available for Region 1 • full credits at IMDb

watch all 7 b&w episodes online at YouTube

"The Railway Children" color feature film
[E.M.I. U.K. Dec 1970; M.G.M. USA Oct 1971]
Railway Children video  Adapted & directed by Lionel Jeffries, from the E. Nesbit novel; starring Jenny Agutter, Dinah Sheridan, Bernard Cribbins, William Mervyn, Iain Cuthbertson, Sally Thomsett, Beatrix Mackey & Gary F. Warren
Anchor Bay widescreen color DVD [5/2003] for $17.99
full credits at IMDb • movie entry at Wikipedia

location filming for the 1970 film was on the
Keighley and Worth Valley Railway [1867-1962, preserved 1968
in West Yorkshire, England

The Making of The Railway Children book by Jim Shipley  "The Making of The Railway Children" [2010]
by Jim Shipley

52-page Keighley & Worth Valley Railway Preservation Society 8x5¾ pb [3/2010] out of print/used

"The Railway Children" [1981] episode of the "Jackanory" BBC-TV series [1965-96]
read by Jane Asher • bare credits at IMDb

"The Railway Children" episode [Carlton TV U.K. April 2000, P.B.S. USA Nov 2000]
of "Masterpiece Classic" P.B.S. TV series [1971–2012]
Masterpiece Theater Railway Children  2-hour TV movie directed by Catherine Morshead; teleplay by Simon Nye; starring Jenny Agutter
{as the mother}, Jack Blumenau, Clare Thomas, Jemima Rooper, Michael Kitchen, Georgie Glen,
Clive Russell & Richard Attenborough
105-minute P.B.S./WGBH letterbox color DVD [10/2002] for $17.99
108-minute P.B.S./WGBH color VHS [3/2001] for $18.95
episode credits at IMDb • official P.B.S./WGBH moviesite
watch shortened 2000 TV movie [9/2014 upload; 1:35:51] online at YouTube
location filming for the 2000 TV movie film was around Hampshire in England, and on the
Bluebell Railway [L&EGR 1877-1958, preserved 1960] in West Sussex, England

"The Railway Children: Learn English with Animated Stories" [Little Fox Jan 2005]
animated Railway Children stories by Little Fox  26 animated episodes 'for Level 5'; each episode has options for
Play, Quiz, MP-3, Print, and Text • no credits at IMDb
watch series free online at Little Fox

"The Railway Children" Asian animated film [China? 2012?]
screen shot from Asian animated version of 'The Railway Children'  This animated version of "The Railway Children" was uploaded to YouTube in 2012, not much information is available; origin may be China or Japan, or maybe Singapore; these 9 chapters 'for form three' have an English soundtrack, spoken with a distinct accent; animation may be by Liza Faharol • no credits at IMDb
playlist on YouTube of Chapters 1-9 [total run time 18:55]

Stageplays,  Other Media

                  

"The Railway Children" musical stageplay [2005]
book & lyrics by Julian Woolford, music by Richard John; premiere performance at Sevenoaks Playhouse (Kent, U.K.) in December 2005,
with dozens of local productions in Britain since then • official stageplay website
official Julian Woolford website • Julian Woolford entry at Wikipedia

'The Railway Children' musical cast recording on CD  "The Railway Children" musical cast recording [2008]
TER/Jay Records cast recording CD [11/2008] 15 tracks for $19.41
original cast recording of the Sevenoaks Playhouse (Kent, U.K.) production featuring West End luminary Susannah Fellows and British TV stars Paul Henry & Nicholas Smith; recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London
poster for Wantage Stage Musical Company May 2011 production of 'The Railway Children' by Julian Woolford & Richard John  the poster at left is from the Wantage Stage Musical Company (Berkshire, U.K.) May 2011 amateur production of 'The Railway Children' by Julian Woolford & Richard John, listed as 'by agreement with Samuel French'
Samuel French, Ltd. 8½x5½ playscript pb [11/2010] for $14.95
                  

"The Railway Children" stageplay [2008]
ad for 'The Railway Children' stageplay at King's Cross Station in London  Originally staged in York (2008-2009), then London's Waterloo Station (2010-2011), then in Toronto, Canada; currently performed at a 1,000-seat purpose-built theater at King's Cross Station in London; adapted by Mike Kenny, directed by Damian Cruden
official stageplay website
96-page Kindle Edition playscript from Nick Hern Books [9/2014] for $10.99
96-page Nick Hern Books 8x5 pb playscript [10/2011] for $8.61
Railway Children U.K. stage production on DVD  "The Railway Children Film" [Genesius Pictures March 2016]
Mike Kenny's stageplay broadcast live from the National Railroad Museum in York, U.K.
directed 'for the big screen' by Ross MacGibbon; starring Andrina Carroll, Rozzi Nicholson-Lailey, Izaak Cainer, Beth Lilly, Martin Barrass, Robert Angell
Region 1 DVD not yet available
Spirit Ent. Ltd. color DVD [DUE Sept 2016] for ฃ12.99 {Region 2 only from U.K.}  9/2016
full credits at IMDb • official movie website
watch 1/2016 official trailer/ad [0:50] online at YouTube
                  

Five Plays for Young Actors by Ron Blicq  "Five Plays for Young Actors" [2014] by Ron Blicq of Canada
playscripts for three one-act plays (each runs 40 to 45 minutes): "The Popsicle-Stick Wand", sequel "Battle of The Wands", and "Puss In Boots"; and two full-length plays based on well-known novels written by E. Nesbit (each runs 75 to 80 minutes): "The Railway Children" and "Five Children and A Psammead"
Friesen Press 8½x5½ pb [10/2014] for $18.99
Friesen Press 8½x5½ hardcover [10/2014] for $30.99
                  

'The Railway Children' abridged dramatization on audio CD  "The Railway Children" abridged dramatization [1996]
Read by Eve Karpf, Delia Paton, Robert Benfield, and other cast

Naxos Audiobooks audio CD [1996] 2 disks - out of prodn/used
Audible/Naxos audio CD [7/2003] 2 disks for $11.02
B.B.C. radio dramatization on audio CD  "The Railway Children" radio drama [2006]
B.B.C. Audiobooks, Ltd. audio CD [8/2006] out of prodn/used

"The Railway Children Sequel (circa 1919)" radio drama
[B.B.C. Radio April 2005] by Martin Jameson

author's sequel page

Railway Children Walks leaflet  "The Railway Children Walks" leaflet
Folded leaflet available for 'a small charge' at 1970s movie location Bradford and nearby towns. The short walk is 2½ miles, the longer walk is 7 miles; neither route is suitable for handicapped adults or baby strollers.
download full-color leaflet [7.6 MB .PDF file]
Railway Children Walks details page at K&WV Railway website

Toys & Games

OO scale 'The Railway Children' Train Pack by Bachmann   "The Railway Children Train Pack by Bachmann Branchline" [2014]
Bachmann Dublo Scale model train set in 19x13x4½-inch box [12/2014] for $722.50 {sic}
contains OO scale GN&S Railway 0-6-0T Pannier tank locomotive, two coaches,
and a model of the Oakworth Station 'as seen in the film'; UK list price is ฃ134.95
The Railway Children 1000-Piece Jigsaw Puzzle by Bits and Pieces   "The Railway Children 1000-Piece Jigsaw Puzzle" as at left [13 years & up]
Bits and Pieces 20"x27" studio puzzle in 9x9x2" box [undated] for $41.48

"The Railway Children 500-Piece Jigsaw Puzzle" [3 years & up]
The House of Puzzles, U.K. 48cm x 68cm puzzle [undated] out of prodn/used


Image  Gallery

OO scale model of 0-6-0T tank locomotive of the fictitious GN&S Railway, probably from Hornby         6-sheet (billboard) poster for 1970 'The Secret Adventures of The Railway Children' movie

L i n k s
official Edith Nesbit and The Railway Children booksite
book entry at Wikipedia

The Railway Children School at Menston Railway Station, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, U.K.
The Railway Children Charity [est. 1995] is based in Sandbach, Cheshire, U.K.

The Railway Children British alt-rock band [est. 1984]
official band website • band entry at Wikipedia


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