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Peter's Railway
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Peter's Railway Series of Books for children who love trains and engineering

  • Peter's Railway
  • Peter's Railway and The Moonlight Express
  • Peter's Railway and The Forgotten Engine
  • Peter's Railway to the Rescue
  • Peter's Railway Hits the Jackpot
  • Holiday at Lunan Bay
  • Dark and Stormy Night
  • Now and Then
  • A Big Smellie Bogie
  • Molten Metal
  • A Bit of Energy
  • The Great Train Robbery
  • Rain, Steam and Speed
  • Christmas Steam
  • Surprise Goods
  • The Picnic
  • Grandpa Goes Bananas
  • The Four Seasons

AuthorChristopher Vine
IllustratorJohn Wardle
CountryUnited Kingdom
  • Children's literature
  • Story Technical History Adventure
Published in English2008 - 2017
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)
No. of books18

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Peter's Railway is a series of Children's Books written by Chartered Engineer Christopher Vine with watercolour illustrations by John Wardle.

The first book Peter's Railway - A New Railway was published in 2008.

The books feature the adventures of Peter and his Grandpa as they build a miniature steam railway, connecting their houses across the farm.

As an engineer[1] and someone who has always been interested in how things work, Christopher Vine wanted to pass on his knowledge to the younger generation. He created this unique series of books which cleverly combine stories and adventures with simply explained technical details on engineering and science. [2]

Children have been fascinated by train stories since Rev Awdry wrote the Thomas The Tank Engine books, however, there were no books on the market for the older children who had grown out of the Thomas The Tank Engine Books. The Peter's Railway books are for children who want to know more and to understand how trains, engines and railways work.

Inspired by a friend's own railway across his farm and after building his own miniature steam locomotive Bongo (winner of the Gold Medal at the 2004 Model Engineer Exhibition in London) and his own garden railway, Christopher Vine created the Peter's Railway Series.[3]

Story Technical History Adventure[edit]

The Peter's Railway books are more than just a story and adventures, they also introduce the reader to aspects of engineering such as building bridges, hydro electric power, gears and pistons, energy and much more.

Our heritage railways are remembered with Grandpa's tales of the old days explaining some famous and amazing-but-true incidents and disasters!


Grandpa and Grandma live on a farm. Peter, his parents and siblings, Harry and Kitty (and cat Cato) live in Woodland Cottage, on the other side of the farm. To make it easier to visit each other Peter suggested they build their own railway.

The Books[edit]

The hardback series: In depth stories with technical pages at the end of chapters.

  • Book 1 Peter's Railway - A New Railway
  • Book 2 Peter's Railway and the Moonlight Express
  • Book 3 Peter's Railway and the Forgotten Engine
  • Book 4 Peter's Railway to the Rescue
  • Book 5 Peter's Railway Hits the Jackpot

The Paperback Series[edit]

Amazing but true tales from the old days, science and engineering books, adventure and gentle tales for younger readers.

  • A Dark and Stormy Night
  • Now and Then
  • A Big Smellie Bogie
  • Holiday at Lunan Bay
  • The Great Train Robbery
  • Rain, Steam & Speed
  • The Four Seasons
Science and Engineering Books[edit]
  • A Bit of Energy
  • Molten Metal
Little Peter's Railway Books for Younger Readers[edit]

Christopher Vine saw there was a demand for gentler tales of younger readers and launched the "Little Peter's Railway" books in 2012.

  • Christmas Steam
  • Surprise Goods
  • The Picnic
  • Grandpa Goes Bananas

Peter's Railway Young Engineer's Centres[edit]

The first Peter's Railway Young Engineer's Centre was opened in 2014 at the Engine House, Highly Station on the[4] giving children the opportunity to have a hands on experience of engineering this was the 1st interactive exhibition of its kind.[5] In 2016 The[6] opened it's Peter's Railway Young Engineer's Centre at Pickering Station. Officially opened by Professor Richard Folkson, President of the IMechE [7]

With more interactive exhibits this centre has seen many school visits and is enjoyed by families on days out.

Chris Vine also takes Peter's Railway out to visit schools[8] and local railways [9] including a week of workshops at Isle of Man inspiring young engineers [10]

Free Books for Schools Programme[edit]

In 2017 all 24,000 UK Primary Schools were sent free copies of 3 Peter's Railway Books for use in the classroom[11]. Free STEM resources are available to promote science and engineering to children.[12]

This initiative is bringing STEM and reading into schools[13] promoting science & engineering to primary school children. [14]


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