The Railway Children Return FIRST LOOK: Trailer for the sequel to the 1970s classic sees an American soldier in need of saving while Sheridan Smith and Jenny Agutter dote on World War II evacuees

The official trailer for The Railway Children Return was released by StudioCanal on Wednesday and it promises to be an ‘enchanting and heart-warming’ adventure for a new generation. 

The film, slated for release on 15 July 2022, is an eagerly-anticipated sequel to the 1970s classic The Railway Children and will follow child evacuees from Salford to the Yorkshire village of Oakworth during the Second World War. 

Jenny Agutter is reprising her role as Roberta ‘Bobbie’ Waterbury over five decades since the original film – and she is joined by onscreen daughter Sheridan Smith (Annie) as they dote on the evacuees: Lily (Beau Gadsdon), Pattie (Eden Hamilton) and Ted (Zac Cudby).

The Railway Children Return FIRST LOOK: Trailer for the sequel to the 1970s classic sees an American soldier in need of saving while Sheridan Smith and Jenny Agutter (pictured left and right, far left Austin Haynes) dote on World War II evacuees

While navigating their new surroundings, the curious children find injured American soldier, Abe (Kenneth Aikens [KJ]), hiding in the yard at Oakworth Station. 

They quickly befriend him and embark on a potentially-dangerous quest to assist him in finding his way home. 

Also starring in the upcoming feel-good family feature include Austin Haynes as Bobbie’s grandson, as well as BAFTA-Award winning actor Tom Courtenay and Game Of Thrones’ John Bradley. 

Upcoming: The film, slated for release on 15 July 2022, is an eagerly-anticipated sequel to the 1970s classic The Railway Children (Kenneth Aikens pictured as American soldier Abe)

Upcoming: The film, slated for release on 15 July 2022, is an eagerly-anticipated sequel to the 1970s classic The Railway Children (Kenneth Aikens pictured as American soldier Abe)

Quest: The story will follow child evacuees from Salford to the Yorkshire village of Oakworth during the Second World War

Quest: The story will follow child evacuees from Salford to the Yorkshire village of Oakworth during the Second World War

Heartwarming: The children quickly befriend injured solider Abe and embark on a potentially-dangerous quest to assist him in finding his way home

Heartwarming: The children quickly befriend injured solider Abe and embark on a potentially-dangerous quest to assist him in finding his way home

At the directorial helm is Morgan Matthews, whose previous credits include Taxidermy: Stuff the World, Channel 4’s My Crazy Parents and feature-length Beautiful Young Minds.   

The crew shot scenes in key locations from the original film, including the Haworth, Oakworth Station, The Brontë Parsonage and the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. 

Filming commenced in May 2021 and took between six and eight weeks. 

Feel-good: The crew shot scenes in key locations from the original film, including the Haworth, Oakworth Station, The Brontë Parsonage and the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

Feel-good: The crew shot scenes in key locations from the original film, including the Haworth, Oakworth Station, The Brontë Parsonage and the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

Countryside: Filming commenced in May 2021 and took between six and eight weeks

Countryside: Filming commenced in May 2021 and took between six and eight weeks

Scenes: At the directorial helm is Morgan Matthews, whose previous credits include Taxidermy: Stuff the World, Channel 4's My Crazy Parents and feature-length Beautiful Young Minds

Scenes: At the directorial helm is Morgan Matthews, whose previous credits include Taxidermy: Stuff the World, Channel 4’s My Crazy Parents and feature-length Beautiful Young Minds

Famous faces: Also starring in the upcoming feel-good family feature include Austin Haynes (middle left) as Bobbie's grandson, as well as BAFTA-Award winning actor Tom Courtenay (bottom right) and Game Of Thrones' John Bradley (bottom left)

Famous faces: Also starring in the upcoming feel-good family feature include Austin Haynes (middle left) as Bobbie’s grandson, as well as BAFTA-Award winning actor Tom Courtenay (bottom right) and Game Of Thrones’ John Bradley (bottom left)

Follow-up: The 1906 novel The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit has been adapted for the screen multiple times, however the 1970 enactment is best known

Follow-up: The 1906 novel The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit has been adapted for the screen multiple times, however the 1970 enactment is best known 

The 1906 novel The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit has been adapted for the screen multiple times, however the 1970 enactment is best known. 

It tells the story of a mother and her three children who move to the Yorkshire countryside after their father is falsely imprisoned. 

Alongside Jenny, who also starred in the 1968 dramatisation, Dinah Sheridan, Sally Thomsett and Bernard Cribbins also snatched leading roles. 

She's back: Jenny is reprising her role as Roberta 'Bobbie' Waterbury over five decades since the original film (pictured in 1970)

She’s back: Jenny is reprising her role as Roberta ‘Bobbie’ Waterbury over five decades since the original film (pictured in 1970)

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