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Tale of The Unnamed Engine (The British Railway Stories Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Simon A.C. Martin , Dean Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In Tale of the Unnamed Engine, a young boy finds himself in a museum filled with talking trains, and with the help of an old steam engine, travels back to the late nineteen forties, to experience Britain's steam railways like never before!

The first companion eBook to The British Railway Stories, and rich in imagery and history, Tale of the Unnamed Engine is the origin story for the characters made a cult hit through YouTube. Join Stephen, Allen, and the haughty Sir Ralph Wedgwood in their first adventure, riding the rails between London and Leeds and taking in the sights and sounds of Britain's railways as they used to be!

This impressive first edition, featuring supremely detailed, hand-coloured, original illustrations by Dean Walker, will capture the hearts of a whole new generation of young minds as they journey with our heroes across the length and breadth of Great Britain, behind steam engines great and small.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3338 KB
  • Print Length: 97 pages
  • Publisher: The British Railway Stories Ltd; 1 edition (13 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008L5LYG0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #274,636 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 14 July 2012
By Mischa
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Simon has been producing The British railway series videos for youtube for many years ....and has quite a following and now to see the work come alive again on Kindle is just great...well designed great artwork excellent stories and having never used kindle before ( we havn`t got one) heart sank when i saw it was only available on Kindle...but no worries kindle for pc wow thanks so much...great more more is what we say
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic work by an up and coming author 14 July 2012
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A remarkable piece of work by an author new to the scene. S.A.C Martin clearly lives and breathes his subject matter and this fact shows immensely in this book. He has managed to capture the essence of both the modern day preservation movement and the heydays of steam in this and his popular Youtube series[...]. Accompanying the remarkable storytelling is the atmospheric and colourful artwork of Dean Walker, another member of the railway fraternity and an accompished artist.

You will not only read a great story, but learn about the railways in britain, the cornerstone of the industrial revolution.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than just engines with faces... 14 July 2012
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Some people may see this release as just another children's book about talking trains, but having seen 'The British Railway Stories' develop from its humble beginnings on YouTube to what you see now, I can say that it is most definitely more than that. With characters and locations based on their real life counterparts, this is a historically accurate series which may appeal to some children who are looking for something more (to quote another reviewer) "grown up" than what you might get with the Rev W Awdry's Railway Series or any other Thomas The Tank Engine book. With the inclusion of locomotive specifications relating to the characters and information on the history of the locations and locos that the characters are based on, children will be able to learn and may want to find out more about the history of Britain's railways. Alongside the story are some wonderful illustrations by Dean Walker, and it's hard not to just look in awe at the talent that he has. I cannot encourage you enough to buy this book to see what Simon A.C. Martin has produced for today's children, with the hope that they too will become more interested in railways and their history. I look forward to the continuation of the series and hope that many more will buy and enjoy reading this wonderful book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars British Railway Stories 15 July 2012
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This is by far the best railway story book. It is not just for children but for the adults as well. It is hard to sum up how good this book is. You will have to buy it to find out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book You'll Be Chuffed You Got It 14 July 2012
By simon
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Well the wait is over and Simon Martin has finally released his long awaited novel "The Tale of the Unnamed Engine" and what a story it tells. Told through the well written writing and timeless images Simon is able to tell a great story and you wont be disappointed
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable read, let it continue!!! 18 Aug. 2012
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I watched the Youtube series from 2010 onwards and I like what I saw there, base on real locations, real engines, real events in history; the series fascinated me. When I heard that this book was coming out, at the time, I wasn't sure if I should buy it, only because of fear of mocking from my friends (I hardly have any friends who actually like trains). Nowadays, I really don't care what they think and decide to buy it, and I'm glad I did. The story telling is nice and simply, easy to understand. The artwork is fantastic and truly eye catching; if there is anything that a young reader will remember about this book, its the artwork, absolutely one of a kind. I love the idea of including information about the locomotives and locations after the actual story, definitely helps the reader to understand everything more clearly. If I had to criticize anything about the book, well I don't know if it is my English language still which are not the best, but there were some sentences that seemed to have a small word missing which made me have to reread it to understand it correctly. However, it is not a constant theme and so is not too much of an issue. Overall it is an excellent book which young children can find enjoyable to read, with artwork which they will remember for many years afterwards.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for Trainspotters! 29 July 2012
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This is the first book by Simon Martin and his you tube series already has a wide fan base. The story of the Unnamed Engine however, will appeal to all. It is a beautifully written simple story based on real places and trains and also incorporates some of the history of the British Railways. It is a fantastic introduction to British trains with a great section detailing all the different types of trains and their features. The artwork supports the story and the factual details wonderfully and while it will appeal to enthusiasts it will also capture the interest and imagination of many others, such as myself and I am looking forward to hopefully more stories!
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The first of what will hopefully develop into a long and prosperous series, 'Tale of The Unnamed Engine' could so easily be dismissed at first glance as being 'another book about talking trains'. Where this differs greatly from other well-known, established character series is the amount of factual content almost seamlessly woven into both text and illustrations alike.

You won't find any of your garishly coloured, made-up engines doing silly things here, and you won't find a story that sets out to insult the intelligence of kids, or bore adults who are asked to read them over and over again.

Instead, the reader is taken on a journey back to a lost but fondly remembered age. It sets out not just to entertain but also inform, and achieves this incredibly tricky balancing act with considerable style and apparent ease. The mix of engaging story (featuring strong and well-defined characters), laced with clear and concise explanations and descriptions of historical points of interest, accompanied by a breath-taking range of fresh, colourful and wonderfully atmospheric artwork make this a joy to behold.

The author's clear enthusiasm for the subject shines through, and the volume demonstrates a desire to educate without ever being stuffy or overbearing. This is a great way of encouraging development from pre-school series to something more factual and informative, and is highly recommended to children and adults alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by Madboy
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Great' British Railway Stories! - Excellent read
"The Tale of the Unnamed Engine" is a railway book. But, I suspect you know this already. However, this stands alone as its own individual book that will hopefully in time, be the... Read more
Published 15 months ago by D Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent for kids and grown ups alike
Simon Martin has a clear passion for his subject matter, without talking down to his readers, and is able to balance facts with classic storytelling. Read more
Published 20 months ago by CorwinB
5.0 out of 5 stars A great start!
Gents, this is superb! Having the privilege of being able to call you both friends, I am so, so pleased for you. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Tom
5.0 out of 5 stars Brill
Simon has worked wounders of transfering his hit youtube series into book form. And its nice to see his genuis come to life much more than the early episodes of the series. Read more
Published on 23 Feb. 2013 by Edward Carding-Moorhouse
5.0 out of 5 stars When is the next one out
This is just as good as the videos on YouTube watched them since they first got uploaded and this is just as good please tell me the next one is coming out soon
Published on 25 Dec. 2012 by Jo Keetley
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of the best books I have ever read
This book rivals the great Railway Series books by the Reverand W. Awdry, and in my opinion, beats it by quite a mile. Read more
Published on 24 Oct. 2012 by Thou J72
5.0 out of 5 stars BRWS - Exciting and fresh turn for children's literature.
We've been waiting a long time for a release of the BRWS in book format, and finally after severel years it has arrived. Read more
Published on 15 July 2012 by Sparkshot
5.0 out of 5 stars An up and coming classic Children's author, Simon is preparing to take...
Well, what can I say about this book. I am been waiting in anticipation for this book for some time, and I speak not only as a customer, but as a follower of Simon Martin's work... Read more
Published on 15 July 2012 by Rhysicus
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