- Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 208 pages
- Dimensions: 126mm x 196mm x 16mm | 141g
- Publication date: 1 January 1998
- Publication City/Country: Herts
- ISBN 10: 1853261076
- ISBN 13: 9781853261077
- Edition: New edition
- Edition statement: New edition
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
- Sales rank: 5,618
When Father goes away with two strangers one evening, the lives of Roberta, Peter and Phyllis are shattered. They and their mother have to move from their comfortable London home to go and live in a simple country cottage, where Mother writes books to make ends meet. However, they soon come to love the railway that runs near their cottage, and they make a habit of waving to the Old Gentleman who rides on it. They befriend the porter, Perks, and through him learn railway lore and much else. They have many adventures, and when they save a train from disaster, they are helped by the Old Gentleman to solve the mystery of their father's disappearance, and the family is happily reunited.
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By Sarah Martin 07 Oct 2013
Reading The railway children was something I've been wanting to do for a while as my auntie always talks so well of the film. I have never watched the film and I wanted to read the book before I did. This book was interesting as it was done from the point of view of the three siblings, which not many classic books are told from the aspect of a child or children. I didn't find the overall story Particularly interesting, but the one thing that kept me going back to finish the book was the big question Why and Where was their Father taken?. There is many adventures in the story that the children get up to involving the railway track and station as well as other areas, and it's great to see how imagination really was a work of art before technology came into place that children use so much nowadays.
The story also goes on to show how big life changes affect children and how well children adapt to things, such as moving home and settling into new surroundings and integrating with their new community. Which many adults find especially hard to do.
The characters experience great growth during the story as they go through different challenges and assist with crisis and injury as well as building new friendships and creating fond memories.
Overall I would say it was a different book to I'm used to reading but that's why I chose to push myself to read it. I would recommend to those who enjoy these sorts of books but personally it wasn't my type of read.
I hope this review helps you, please rate it, it really means a lot. Thanks for reading:)
Back cover copy
They were not railway children to begin with... They did not guess then how they would grow to love the railway, and how soon it would become the centre of their new life, nor what wonders and changes it would bring them.