"Decades-later sequels are not unheard of, but Morgan Matthews (typically known as a documentary filmmaker, here working from a script by Daniel Brocklehurst) has gone back 50+ years for Railway Children (a.k.a. The Railway Children Return), his follow-up to writer/director Lionel Jeffries’ The Railway Children. It’s not just the length between the films that is surprising, but rather that this is not a franchise."

Railway Children (a decidedly more safe version of the already family-friendly predecessor), now taking place during World War II, makes for a worthwhile tool to give a classroom of students a surface-level introduction to the consequences of signing up for war and fighting for one’s country, the era’s racism, the suffragette movement, and useful lessons on the benefits of transparency and honesty between adults and children."

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