Peter’s Railway is a charming series of books about Peter and his Grandpa building and operating a miniature steam railway on a farm. The major part of the books is a story but there is also lots of simply explained technical, or how-it-works, information. Grandpa also tells some good stories from the old days on the railways. The books came about because the author realised that there was nothing to keep youngsters interested in railways or anything mechanical once they had grown out of the very young books.
The story of Peter and Grandpa’s railway continues with them building an extension of the line to Yockletts Village. They tell Grandma the extension is for her to go shopping, but they bank up the track so they can run the trains at high speed. Along the way, they have some adventures: The two heroes discover a long forgotten engine which they put back to work and Grandma has a hair-raising escape. To celebrate the opening of the new line, a train race is organised with lots of visiting locomotives. Who will win?
There are another 14 pages of simple technical diagrams, explaining how railways and engines work. Some of the drawings are familiar from the first two books, but the science and engineering explored is different. If the reader has enjoyed the technical information in books one and two, they will find this book takes them further.