Welcome to our Schools Resource Pages

Our books are a mixture of Science, Engineering, History and Adventures.
We hope that you will find them useful and that your pupils will find them both fun and educational.

We have provided some resources for you to use with individual books – just click on the book below.
There are some more general resources for use in the classroom further down this page.

We hope you enjoy them ! If you would like to receive more books and resources, please register here

Meanwhile, if you would like to order some books, please use the discount code SCHOOLS10 for a 10% discount from our Bookshop
Also, Chris will be pleased to sign and dedicate books to pupils.  Just enter their name(s) in the dedication box.

Resources for A Bit of Energy

Resources for Rain, Steam & Speed

Resources for Grandpa Goes Bananas

 Engineering / Railway projects for the classroom

Bridge Building Competition

Build a Bridge from string, sticky tape and drinking straws
A class competition:
Who can build the strongest bridge?

1.   Teachers’ Notes – a pdf document to help prepare for the event
(Not for use in the classroom.)

2.   Illustrated talk for use in the classroom
A pdf document which can be downloaded in advance.

 Fun Video Clips

We have some great clips from YouTube on our Fun Videos page.  Here are three which might be useful.  (They do not lead on to other clips.)

Chris Vine explaining Pistons, Cranks and Connecting Rods on a small steam locomotive, Bongo.
1 minute.

A steam engine with a glass cylinder and valve cover so you can see how it works.
More info on the fun videos page.
2 minutes.

A series of clips about Peter’s Railway books, the locomotive Bongo (aka Fiery Fox) and the small steam railway across the farm.
20 minutes.

 Some suggestions for Class Visits

Full-Size Steam Railways

Steam Railways and Transport Museums – This is a map-based list of steam railways around the country.  Nearly all of them will welcome a class visit, and many of them have a dedicated education officer who will be delighted to help plan your visit and get the most from it.

In particular, the Severn Valley Railway and the North Yorkshire Moors Railway have a Peter’s Railway Young Engineer’s Centre with displays and interactive demonstrations.  (The links are to their “school visits” page.)

 Model Engineering Societies

We are building up a list of Model Engineering Societies who would welcome a class visit to their miniature railway.  Quite apart from a ride on a miniature steam railway, the model engineers will tell you all about how steam engines work.  Just like the books brought to life!

The Northampton Society of Model Engineers Ltd.

Contact Mr Geoff Watts, Secretary.  Tel 07989 309905


Post Code NN4 8AJ

The Crowborough Miniature Railway 

Contact Mr Malcolm Place, Chairman.  Tel 01892 669004

Website: Crowborough Miniature Railway

Post Code TN6 2TE

The Sunderland Model Engineering Society 

Contact  Peter Russell, Secretary, Tel 0191 371 1011


Post Code  SR6 9NB

The North Wales Model Engineering Society 

Contact  Keith France, Secretary, Tel 01248 810748 / 07871 100439


Post Code LL30 2PQ

Evergreens Miniature Railway – Nr Boston, Lincs

Contact  Phil Wiseman


Post Code PE22 8EF

Pimlico Light Railway – Brackley Northants

Contact  John Roberts – Secretary


Post Code NN13 5TN

South Cheshire model Engineering Society

Contact  Colin Mansell, Hon Secretary


Post Code CW5 6NE

Teesside Small Gauge Railway

Contact  Dennis Kitson,


Post Code TS18 3RH

Ipswich Model Engineers Society

Contact  Terry Woodward, Secretary
Phone     01473 729314 or 07877 193743


Post Code IP3 8LR

Rugby Model Engineering Society

Contact  Howard Brewer, Secretary



Post Code CV23 5QD

Wolverhampton Model Engineering Society

Contact  Martin Bedson, Secretary



Post Code DY3 4HB

Ickenham & District Model Engineering Society

Contact  The Secretary, IDSME, 25 Copthall Rd East, Ickenham Middx UB10 8SD,


Post Code UB10 8SD

Lancaster and Morecambe Model Engineering Society

Contact  David Wilson, Secretary



Post Code LA5 9RX

North Norfolk Model Engineering Club

Contact  Yvonne Ford

Contact via Facebook
Facebook:  North Norfolk Facebook page

Post Code NR26 6QA

Bristol Society of Model & Experimental Engineers

Contact  Norman Rogers, Chairman

Contact:      01275 855 435

Railway is at Ashton Court
Post Code BS8 3PX

Hereford Society of Model Engineers

Contact  Steve Turner, Tel 01989 563 046
or Wanda Sykes, Tel 01989 562 988


Railway is at Broomy Hill, Hereford
Post Code HR4 0LJ

Handforth Model Engineering Soc.

Contact  Ian Mackay, Secretary
(Tel 01625 524483 please use email if possible)

Facebook:- Handforth Model Engineering Society

Railway is at Post Code HR4 0LJ

West Wilts Society of Model Engineers

Contact  Peter Brougham

Post Code BA13 4LX

North Wilts Society of Model Engineers
Coate Water Park SN3 6AA

Contact  Mrs Hilary Foley, Secretary
Tel          07941 835679

Post Code SN3 6AA