It might be 40 years since the classic film The Railway Children hit the big screen, but one celebrity is bringing it back to life through art.

TV presenter and broadcaster Timmy Mallett has swapped his famous mallet for a palette, to immortalise some of the film’s famous scenes in his Railway Children Collection.

The six original paintings and three limited edition prints have been created to coincide with The Railway Children 40th anniversary celebrations.

And they will be unveiled over the May Bank Holiday at the special commemorative event at the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway where the film was shot.

Signed limited edition prints will also be available to purchase during the weekend, with a donation from all sales going to the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway Trust.

Best known recently for his appearance in TV endurance challenge I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!, Mr Mallett’s artistic skills are becoming widely admired and his passion for painting has been developed through TV celebrity Rolf Harris, his personal friend and artistic mentor.

Mr Harris said: “He is an enthusiastic and exciting artist – I am blown away by his work.”

Under his guidance, Mr Mallett’s pieces are already becoming sought after by collectors, with many hoping that he will enjoy an appreciation in prices, similar to that of his mentor.

Mr Harris’s work has increased in value by 100 per cent within the last year, with originals now selling for up to £100,000 each.

Event organisers for the celebration are expecting that Mr Mallett’s paintings and prints will prove popular with the crowds and buyers are urged to arrive early to avoid disappointment.

One of the stars of the film, Sally Thomsett, who played Phillis, has confirmed she will be visiting the railway over the Bank Holiday weekend and appearing at Oakworth station, where many of the scenes were shot.

Visitors will also be able to climb aboard ‘The Green Dragon’ and blow the whistle of ‘Sir Berkeley’ – both engines used in the film – or take cream tea in the Old Gentleman’s Saloon.

There will be the chance to experience a Railway Children Guided Tour featuring the film sets and locations, see some of the famous scenes being recreated and travel the five-mile line between Keighley and Oxenhope.