Old children's train book

Discussion in 'Memorabilia, Media & Publications' started by alxndr, 6 Mar 2019.

  1. alxndr

    alxndr Member

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    This is probably an impossible question as I don't have much to go on, but I'd love to know what the book was that I spent hours pouring over with my grandfather when I was a kid. Sadly I think it was thrown away at some point.

    It was a fairly slim hardback book full of realistic colour drawings of railway scenes from around the world. The scenery was just as nicely drawn as the trains themselves. Each double page spread was a different drawing and country (I recall Britain, Switzerland and Japan were featured amongst others, maybe 15 in total) and a short bit of blurb. I think they were predominantly diesel locos but I think there might have also been a couple of electrics.

    It was my father's before me so it would have probably been purchased some point in the 70s. Most likely in the UK, but it could have been Australia if it was the early part of the 70s.

    I would have been quite young when I enjoyed it, probably around 7 or 8, but mostly used it to play a game of guessing the various nationalities. I think the blurb was a little too technical for me to really properly understand so would have been aimed at someone a bit older.

    Any guesses would be really appreciated as I have some very fond memories with my grandfather associated with the book and I'd love to be able to hunt a copy down if there are still any in existence.
     
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    I've found some photos of inside and that's not it I'm afraid. A good guess considering how vague the information was, and how long ago they'd have been about though. The book I remember was aimed a bit older, and the focus was the trains not other railway happenings, although the art style was quite similar. It was also more of a square shape.

    I'd like to say that the cover had a fair bit of green on, but I have no idea if that's correct or not.
     
  5. Busaholic

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    Putting my ex-bookseller's hat on, it could well have been published by Dorling Kindersley, who established themselves in the early 1970s, or, alternatively, Kingfisher Books, both of whom specialised in quality hardback productions, but I've no clue as to an actual title.
     
  6. Trackman

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    could it had been a 'Look and Learn'? I had one in the early 70's.
     

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