The Railway Children | 2000
Tells the story of the trials and adventures of the Waterburys, a middle-class Edwardian family living in the suburbs of London in 1903. The family consists of Roberta, known as "Bobbie" who, at 11-years-old, is the eldest of the three children; Peter, who wants to be an engineer when he grows up; and Phyllis, the youngest. Mother writes poetry and stories to keep the children amused, and Father works for the government in the Foreign Office. One evening Father leaves the house with two official-looking men, and their Mother looks extremely worried. She tells the children that Father had to go away on business and that she doesn't know when he will be coming home again. Mother and the three children move to an isolated cottage deep in the sleepy countryside. Mother keeps herself busy writing stories to sell to magazines, and the children become interested in the nearby railway, where they make friends with the station porter, Perks.
As the story unfolds, the children find themselves being caught up in adventures involving the railway and also the nearby canal. They make new friends at the station and in the nearby village. They make one particular new friend -- an Old Gentleman who rides on the 9:15 train every morning. He is a very kindly man who holds the key to Father's mysterious disappearance, eventually returning him to his family.