• The Railway Children

Event Details

Fri 31 Jul - Sat 05 Sep

Time: 2.00pm & 7.00pm performances

Running Time: 2.5 hours including an interval

Venue: The Signal Box Theatre @ National Railway Museum

Ticket Information: £32.50-£17.00

Booking Fee: £1 transaction fee per booking

Age Recommendations: 5+ years old

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Producer: York Theatre Royal and The National Railway Museum

Writer: E. Nesbit

Adapted by: Mike Kenny

Directed by: Damian Cruden

Designed by: Joanna Scotcher

Lighting Designed by: Richard G Jones

Composer: Christopher Madin

Sound Designed by: Craig Vear

The Railway Children

ALL ABOARD! The stunning adaptation of E. Nesbit’s classic novel returns to the National Railway Museum for Summer 2015. Set in a new, purpose built 1000 seater venue, this breathtaking show, featuring the original locomotive from the film version of The Railway Children, is a truly unique theatrical experience.

Join Roberta, Peter and Phyllis on an adventure of a lifetime as they tell the story of how they became The Railway Children.

After two sell out seasons in York in 2008 and 2009, our production went on to delight audiences at London’s Waterloo Station and in Toronto and won the Olivier Award for Best Entertainment.

Currently open to rave reviews, The Railway Children has returned home to York as part of York Theatre Royal’s season at the National Railway Museum.  See below for reviews of the current production.

"This is a fantastic family show that is as intelligent as it is moving" ★★★★★ The Stage.  Read the full review here.

“An extraordinary theatrical achievement [that] will justifiably delight audiences throughout the summer” ★★★★ Yorkshire Post

"...about as divine as family theatre gets." One & Other. Read the full review here.

“Tears flow, cheers break out, as The Railway Children works its theatrical magic once more” The Press. Read the full review here.

"Do not miss this show." British Theatre Guide. Read the full review here.

“This critic…recommends making tracks to the NRM right now.” York Mix. Read the full review here.

“It will certainly live on in the memory long after station lights go out” Harrogate Advertiser. Read the full review here.

“The kids will remember it forever and so will you.” Little Vikings. Read the full review here.

“This production engaged and entranced the audience in a way not often seen in a theatre” ★★★★★ Your Local Link

“It’s definitely full steam ahead for this triumphant return journey!” Easingwold Advertiser

“No praise is too high for the cast and entire company” Hartlepool Mail. Read the full review here.

Tickets: £32.50-17.00 with concessions and great discounts available including under 18s, over 60s and families, subject to availability. 

Access Performances:

British Sign Language Thursday 27 August | 7pm
Audio Described/Captioned Saturday 29 August | 2pm
Audio Described Saturday 29 August | 7pm

Book early for the best seats

View the seating plan here

There is so much to see and do at the National Railway Museum, if you are coming to see The Railway Children this summer, why not make a day of it? Take a look at our video below:


  • Beth Lilly, Izaak Cainer & Rozzi Nicholson-Lailey credit Anthony Robling
  • James Weaver & Martin Barrass credit Anthony Robling
  • James Weaver as Schepansky
  • Martin Barrass as Mr. Perks credit Anthony Robling
  • Michael Lambourne as the Old Gentleman credit Anthony Robling
  • Michael Lambourne and the cast credit Anthony Robling
  • Robert Angell as Father credit Anthony Robling
  • Robert Angell as Father & Andrina Carroll as Mother credit Anthony Robling
  • Robert Angell as Doctor credit Anthony Robling
  • Rozzi Nicholson-Lailey & Robert Angell credit Anthony Robling
  • Rozzi Nicholson-Lailey as Roberta credit Anthony Robling

News & Reviews

The Railway Children Challenge!

Tuesday – Saturday from 4 August to 5 September

11am – 12pm

Price £5

Age suitability 5 – 11 years

Learn how to become a train guard with whistles and flags, how a steam engine makes steam, the importance of the railways and become a railway child yourself by re-enacting a scene from the play. This workshop will take place in various locations around the museum.

Book online.


Playing Trains

Family exhibition at the National Railway Museum

20 March - 4 September 2015 (free entry)

Why do children love trains so much?

Turn your theatre trip into a family day out. Our immersive and playful new exhibition explores childhood fascination with trains and railways. Discover what makes them so enthralling through interactives which will trigger memories and reminisces in older visitors, and excite and inspire our younger visitors.

Find out more at nrm.org.uk


Twaddle Train

Experience our brand new, unique theatre performance based on real overheard conversations submitted by our visitors via social media over the past few weeks.

12.30pm and 2.30pm
Learning Platform

Scale Me

Discover what goes on behind the scenes of a theatre production as you enter the world of set modelling on a small scale.

Find out more about the job of a set designer and make some of The Railway Children characters with costumes for your figures.

10am - 6pm
Station Hall


Paper Chase

18 July – 6 September

Follow clues around the Warehouse and embark on your own paper chase to uncover the missing parts of The Railway Children story.