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Our Story – Step back in time with Chris !

Chris with Bongo – Fiery Fox in the books.

Chris driving Bongo across the farm in Kent.

Thrilling Adventures at Full Speed – Racing Trains published in 2019
With a new engine to complete, Grandpa and the children find out how fast trains can go.
More adventures, projects and stories from the old days!

New Activity Book published in 2018
Colouring, Crossword, Anagrams, Join the Dots, Maths, Spot the Dangers,
Brain Teasers, Terrible Train Jokes and Spot the Difference.

Chris’s first TV appearance in 2018
Bongo (Fiery Fox) on the original farm railway.

The programme on Channel 5:  The Unstoppable Flying Scotsman

The Four Seasons, written and published in 2017
In winter, it is time for a workshop project…

The two books which were written and published in 2016

The boys are making Go-Karts; just like their dad.  See below.

2016 – Peter’s Railway Young Engineer’s Centre opens at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway – Pickering.

It’s a great honour to have been invited to create this space at one of Britain’s biggest preserved railways. Professor Folkson, President of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers came up from London to perform the opening ceremony.

One of the demonstrations at the NYMR is “Blow up a Grown up”.
Here you can see the President of the I Mech E trying it out.  A family too…

Great Train Robbery came out in 2015

 2014 – The first Peter’s Railway Young Engineer’s Centre opens at the Severn Valley Railway – The Engine House.
The idea of the display is to tell youngsters about engineering with displays and interactive machines.

After all the hard work of building the display room, the railway offered Chris and the artist, John Wardle, the chance to play trains for the day with one of their fabulous steam locomotives.

Holiday at Lunan Bay printed in 2014.

Book 5 of the hardback series is the new book for 2013, together with an Activity Book.

2012 saw the publication of four more paperbacks.

A new project in 2011 was the writing of four paperback books.

 Peter’s Railway to the Rescue came out in 2010

A tough year for Chris! Two hardback books written in the same year -2009

The first Peter’s Railway book came out in 2008. Only 5000 were printed and they sold out in about 3 months…

This was Chris’s first book. It tells the story of the successes and disasters of painting Bongo – an eighth scale model of an LNER B1 steam locomotive.  (Bongo is called Fiery fox in the Peter’s Railway books). Published in 2006, it is still selling and is just about to be printed for the 4th time

Bongo is finished after 8 years of hard work. seen here on the friend’s farm which features in the Peter’s Railway books. (The books are not really made up at all!)

Before and after painting the locomotive, 2003/2004

Chris was overjoyed to win a Gold Medal at the 2004 Model engineer Exhibition in London.  Ivan Law, the chief judge is presenting Chris with a cup. (It was Ivan who persuaded Chris to write the painting book.)

Go back about 30 years! I think about 1975.
Here is chris showing early enthusiasm for all things “engineering”
The Mini bike with a mower engine (and a pulley from Mum’s washing machine – the big white disc)
A small steam plant generating electricity
Racing Go-Kart. Chris was given a box of bits (incomplete) and this was the result – endless fun!
Note the distinctly home-made silencer!!

An earlier design of Go-Kart.
Sulphuric acid, hundreds of Amps and exposed gear wheels – lethal!
Even Mum had a go at driving it. Note the trailer for carrying a friend…

Chris just would not sit still to have his photograph taken – until he was given a Meccano gear wheel to play with…

Just in case you were in any doubt, Chris was clearly fascinated by engineering from a very early age!
Dad and Uncle were trying to mend the lawn mower but Chris made such a nuisance of himself (trying to help), that they put it in his playpen with the frustrated young engineer locked outside.