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Oakworth Station is starring in movies again after famous The Railway Children
9:40am Tuesday 17th January 2012 in News
A remake of classic comedy thriller The Ghost Train is being filmed on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway.
Several weeks of filming by Canny Media Films is focusing on Oakworth Station including several night shoots.
Canny media productions are recreating spooky scenes from the 1941 black-and-white movie starring legendary comedian Arthur Askey.
It marks the directorial debut of Matt Grindley, who has appeared in Coronation Street and Shameless.
He said he had learned to love old movies at the age of nine while, off school with a broken ankle, he watched many 1940s films.
The director said: “I loved the cold wet spooky station in The Ghost Train and the way everybody pulled together for the night.
“One of the things we as a production company were very keen on was to keep faithful to the original film with lot’s of ‘nods’ to it.
“The location and the amazing way the script has been written has fulfilled this.”
The classic story, which is based on a 1923 play of the same name written by Arnold Ridley of Dad’s Army fame, follows a group of passengers stranded at a remote station haunted by a phantom train.
Mr Grindley said that in the original The Ghost Train the station and its rooms were created on a film set.
He said it was “uncanny” how similar the station’s facilities – made famous in 1970s movie The Railway Children – were to the original, which was filmed in Barmouth Bridge, in Wales.
The Ghost Train is to be released in cinemas across the UK this autumn. More details at website ghosttrain movie.co.uk.