Win tickets to The Railway Children


The Company of Ten is giving young artists the chance to win a family ticket to its Christmas production of The Railway Children – showing from 20-23 and 27-29 December at the Abbey Theatre – by sharing their vision of what train travel looked like over 100 years ago.

Railways have always been popular with children and still are today. Automatic ticket turnstiles, electric doors, buffet cars, whizzing along at high speed and watching the world go by: what’s not to enjoy?

But in 1905, when the play is set, the picture was very different. The steam train was king, signals were operated by hand and station porters carried your bags.

Creativity, please

For our competition, we’re inviting youngsters up to the age of 15 to draw a picture of what they think train travel was like all those years ago.

They can be as creative as they like, with this proviso: they must use only materials found in 1905: ink, pencils, crayons, chalks or paint. So no felt tips or digital graphics!

Anyone stumped for ideas can find inspiration this Sunday 10 November at the free open day of the 121-year-old St Albans South signal box, at St Albans City railway station, where railway experts will be on hand to answer questions.


The work must be original, produced by the entrant and on paper no larger than A4.

Note we can only accept one entry per child.

Entries can be posted to Christmas Competition, Abbey Theatre, Westminster Lodge, St Albans AL1 2DL.

Alternatively, they can be scanned and emailed to marketing@abbeytheatre.org.uk, putting TRC in the subject line.

Pictures sent by email should be at least 72dpi and no bigger than 2MB.

Each entry should be accompaniedby a signed statement from the child’s parent or guardian that they consent for us to display the work in the theatre foyer during the run.

The closing date for the competition is Monday 25 November, 2013.

The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence shall be entered into.


  • The winner will receive a ticket for two adults and four children to a single performance of The Railway Children of their choosing (subject to availability), plus complimentary drinks and snacks for everyone. They will also receive a framed copy of their entry.
  • Two runners-up will be entitled to complimentary drinks and snacks, and will also receive a framed copy of their entry.
  • All entries will be displayed on a digital screen in the foyer during the run.

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