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Saturday, March 2, 2024
March 2, 2024

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Check It Out: Stay on track with train-related books


I read in The Columbian recently that the Great Train Show was held at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds. Model train enthusiasts probably already know about this event, but I was unaware of it. The story prompted me to search the library’s catalog to see what we might have in our collection related to model railroads. Guess what? We have two magazine subscriptions, “Model Railroader” and “Railroad Model Craftsman” as well as a collection of books. If model trains are your thing, and you didn’t know about the library’s collection, come check it out!

My husband and I enjoy train trips and have taken quite a few over the years including two overnight excursions in Amtrak’s Roomette sleeper car. A word that ends in “ette” can mean many things, but in this case, “ette” means wee. Room enough for two people to sit and enjoy the scenery passing by, but you’re packed like sardines during bedtime. Oh well, we don’t regret any of the trips; each one builds character.

For those who enjoy trains, especially the larger variety, I offer a selection of titles for kids and adults. Who doesn’t get a kick out of waving at the engineer when a train passes by? Stay on track by adding a train-related book to your reading list.



  • “Amazing Trains ABC” (DVD) directed by Pippa Seymour.
  • “Hamish Takes the Train” written and illustrated by Daisy Hirst.
  • “Train” written by John Coiley, published by Dorling Kindersley.
  • “Trains Run!” written by George Ella Lyon and Benn Lyon, illustrated by Mick Wiggins.


  • “Around the World in 80 Trains: A 45,000-Mile Adventure” by Monisha Rajesh.
  • “A Short History of the Railroad” by Christian Wolmar.