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Chug-a chug: Books about Trains

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A Railway ABC
by Jack Townend
Take a rhyming ride on the rails in the this vintage ABC book, originally published in 1942. A Railway ABC is a nostalgic, behind-the-scenes look at the railroad...Beautifully reproduced vintage lithograph illustrations and gently humorous rhymes will capitvate children and adults alike.
Count on the Subway
by Paul DuBois Jacobs
Illustrations and rhythmic text describe the sights and sounds of a subway ride in New York City as a mother and child go uptown, counting their way from one to ten and back again.
Freight Train
by Donald Crews
Brief text and illustrations trace the journey of a colorful train as it goes through tunnels, by cities, and over trestles.
by Brian Floca
Learn what it was like to travel on the transcontinental railroad in the 1860s.
by William Wondriska
Nothing important ever happens to Puff, a small steam engine, until one snowy day when he has to be hooked up to a circus train.
Railroad Hank
by Lisa Moser
On his way to visit Granny Bett, who is feeling blue, Railroad Hank stops at the farms of several friends and, misunderstanding their offers to help, winds up with a trainload of crazy cargo.
Steam Train, Dream Train
by Sherri Duskey Rinker
In this book with rhyming text, the dream train pulls into the station and all the different cars are loaded by the animal workers, each with the appropriate cargo.
The Rain Train
by Elena de Roo
A young boy watches and listens as the Rain Train takes him on a ride past city lights, over rivers, and through tunnels one rainy night.
by Elisha Cooper
Board a commuter train in New York, then follow the journey west and see the stations, the scenery, the different types of trains, and all the people who travel and work on the railroad system.
by Judi Abbot
A train-loving baby elephant is excited to go on a real train, but when the other baby animals want to play with different vehicles, he becomes upset, until he tries some of the other toys for himself.
Whoosh and Chug
by Sebastien Braun
Some trains may think fast is best, but only slow and steady Chug can save the day.
Updated 02/16/2016
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