I think even if you were not around in 1970, you would have still heard of the movie The Railway Children, and as a soundtrack collector would also be familiar with the soundtrack as penned by Johnny Douglas. The Railway Children Return is due in cinemas soon and the movie contains a hauntingly beautiful score by composers Edward Farmer and Martin Phipps. Both composers have contributed to the world of film and TV with Phipps probably being the better-known name for his work on The Crown, War and Peace, Victoria and more recently The Princess. Farmer too has scored Beyond Existence recently, which is a score that you should try and check out. The music for The Railway Children Return, is due for release on Movie Score Media on July 15th, and will be available on digital platforms everywhere.

The score is a delightful and richly thematic affair, symphonic and melodic it is in my opinion one of the best scores to be released thus far in 2022.


The work has to it an appealing and haunting musical persona, that is a entertaining and pleasant listening experience away from the images. The music being subtle but also quite lush and affecting, having to it that very English sound and style.

The score utilizes strings effectively the composers at times engaging solo cello to add a more poignant or emotive atmosphere to the proceedings. It is a score that has many attributes with the composers fashioning compositions that purvey sensitivity, drama, and melancholy. Check it out available soon. The Railway Children Return is directed by Morgan Matthews, written by Danny Brocklehurst and stars Jenny Agutter, Sheridan Smith, Tom Courtenay, Beau Gadsdon, John Bradley, K.J. Aikens, Austin Haynes, Eden Hamilton and Zac Cudby. The sequel to 1970’s The Railway Children is set 40 years after the events of the original and follows a new group of children who are evacuated to a Yorkshire village during World War II and encounter a young soldier.