Gallery: Orwell Park School pupils celebrate railway link with classic production of The Railway Children

The Railway Children

The Railway Children - Credit: Archant

An independent school near Ipswich celebrated its historic links to the railway industry by performing an adaptation of an Edith Nesbit classic.

Children from Orwell Park School even constructed their own steam engine from wood, carboard and dustbins for the production of The Railway Children that took place last week.

A spokesman for the school said the 29-strong cast had played their roles with “infectious enthusiasm” and added that the pupils “showed great enterprising skills” by helping the director Tristan King, produce the programme cover and posters for the play.

The school has links with the railways that go back to the 1840s when Colonel Tomline paid for the Ipswich to Felixstowe line to be built, complete with his own station at Orwell Park.

The audience were able to show their appreciation by donating to the school charities, which this year are Cancer Campaign Suffolk, TOM (Type 1 Mission to aid research into Diabetes) and Wateraid.