Kamrail Kids

A collection of resources for kids to learn more about trains and develop an appreciation for locomotives.

Recommended Library Reading

Ages 3-7

Two Little Trains

Written by Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrated by Greg Pizzoli
Two little trains, one streamlined, the other old-fashioned, puff, puff, puff, and chug, chug, chug, on their way West.

Magic Train Ride

Written by Sally Crabtree
Illustrated by Sonia Esplugas
A ticket on the Magic Train takes the reader from outer space to underwater to a land of cakes.

Peace Train

Written by Cat Stevens
Illustrated by Peter H Reynolds
Readers are invited to hop on the PeaceTrain and join its growing group of passengers who are all ready to unite the world in peace and harmony. Featuring the timeless lyrics of Cat Stevens's legendary song and illustrations by New York Times bestselling artist Peter H. Reynolds, this hopeful picture book inspires tolerance and love for people of all cultures and identities.

A Little House in a Big Place

Alison Acheson
"A beautiful free verse story, set in the prairies, about a little girl who waits at a window to wave to the train engineer who drives past her house every day. It's also a story about growing up and finding one's way in the world. Everything changes one day, when something flies out of the window of the train, and the girl rushes out to find out what it is. She wanders further and further from her house, until she spots something in grass-the engineer's cap. It's a farewell gift. It was the engineer's last day driving that train. After that, the train still comes by the house every day with a different engineer, and sometimes the girl waits by the window and waves, but not every day. Sometimes paints, dances, plays guitar. And then one day, she gets on that train and rides away."-- Provided by publisher.

Ghost on the Track

Written by Reverend W. Awdry ; illustrated by Richard Courtney.
It is Halloween on the Island of Sodor. Thomas has to get to the costume parade.

All Aboard

DVD Collection of television episodes featuring trains.

Ages 8-12

The Silver Arrow

Written by Lev Grossman
Longing for the kinds of adventures she reads about in books, 11-year-old Kate receives the unexpected gift of a colossal steam locomotive from a mysterious uncle and teams up with her younger brother on visits to fantastical lands in the company of exotic talking animals.

What’s Inside? Trains

Written and Illustrated by David West
An introduction to the technology of trains reveals the interior structure and function of various kinds of trains and their parts.


Written by Katie Marico
Where is the fastest train in the world? How is it possible for a train to go under the English Channel? What does the next generations of trains look like? Find the answers to these questions and more when you take a look at trains from a new perspective.

Trouble on the Orphan Train

Written by Marianne Hering
While searching for Eugene, who is missing somewhere in time, time-traveling cousins Patrick and Beth arrive on an orphan train heading west in 1874 and befriend an orphan falsely accused of being part of a train robbery.

Cars, Trains, Ships, & Planes : A Visual Encyclopaedia of Every Vehicle.

Written by Clive Gifford.
A vibrantly photographed, comprehensive overview of the world's different modes of transportation shares authoritative profiles of more than 1,000 vehicles, from classic cars and hybrids to luxury boats and military machines. 15,000 first printing.

I survived the Wellington Avalanche, 1910

By Lauren Tarshis ; illustrated by Scott Dawson
The Wellington snow slide of 1910 was—and still is—the deadliest avalanche in America’s history. Lauren Tarshis's story of one child surviving the frozen nightmare pounds with page-turning action and heartwarming hope.
The snow came down faster than train crews could clear the tracks, piling up in drifts 20 feet high. At the Wellington train depot in the Cascade Mountains, two trains sat stranded, blocked in by snow slides to the east and west. Some passengers braved the storm to hike off the mountain, but many had no choice but to wait out the storm.

But the storm didn’t stop. One day passed, then two, three . . . six days. The snow turned to rain. Then, just after midnight on March 1, a lightning storm struck the mountain, sending a ten-foot-high wave of snow barreling down the mountain. The trains tumbled 150 feet. 96 people were dead.

The Wellington avalanche forever changed railroad engineering. New York Times bestselling author Lauren Tarshis tells the tale of one girl who survived, emerging from the snow forever changed herself.

Model Trains: Creating tabletop railroads

Written by David Jefferis
"Model trains are about more than building each car. It is also about building realistic surroundings for the train to travel through. This compelling introduction to model making explains the mathematics of scale, how clockwork, electric, and steam trains work, and the difference between building from a kit and building from scratch. Tips on painting, cutting and filing, cementing, and basic electronics help build fine-motor skills. Young readers are encouraged to build patience, concentration, perseverance, and problem-solving."
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