Trains in fiction – our recommended reads
March 30, 2016

Here are  a few picks for young rail enthusiasts.

If you are a Harry Potter fan why not visit King’s Cross Station in London and go to Platform Nine and Three Quarters, which is between platforms 9 and 10. Run at the wall and magically arrive at the platform for the Hogwarts Express!

Harry Potter

Read or listen to Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling to find out how Harry catches the train to Hogwarts. You can probably borrow this audio book from your local library. The Hogwarts Express steam train features in all of the Harry Potter books.

Thomas the Tank Engine

Thomas the Tank Engine is a popular fictional train character. Follow Thomas’ travels and meet his friends in our Touch to See Book: Thomas Goes to School, with fun and colourful tactile pictures and atmospheric audio guides.

The railway children

The Railway Children by E Nesbit is a classic story. When their father goes missing Roberta, Peter and Phyllis are up-rooted from London by their mother and move to the country, to live in a cottage near the railway tracks. They soon come to love the railway that runs near their new home, have many adventures and make new friends including Perks the railway porter.

Faster, Faster, Little Red Train  is available in Touch to See. The fast rain to Pebblecombe has broken down, but everyone on the train wants to get to the fair and enjoy a great day out. So it’s up to the Little Red Train and Duffy Driver to save the day. Follow the train on its speedy journey and marvel at the wealth of detail in every illustration of the book as it’s described on the audio guide.


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