Peter’s Railway and the Forgotten Engine- Book 3
Book 2 starts off with two railway adventures; on the farm railway and then a visit to the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway.
There they see a turntable and decide that they should need one for their railway. Back at the farm, they build the turntable using parts from an old tractor.
For Peter the great excitement of this book is learning to drive the engine, Fiery Fox. It is what he has been waiting for since they started to build the railway. Apart from one disastrous escapade, everything works as they intended.
The story finishes with the railway running at night, taking Grandma to a surprise birthday dinner.
The main projects are the building of a turntable at Gerald’s Cross station and a loop of track at the far end of the line to turn the trains.
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In the third book the line is extended to Yockletts Village. Peter and Grandpa tell Grandma that 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 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, The Great 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. The finding of the forgotten engine allows Grandpa to explain how gears work.