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Initial post: 20 May 2010, 15:50:52 BST
Does anyone remember a book from about 50 years ago called "Puffing Billy the Toytown Train"? I've been trying to track it down for years now. I owned it as a child and would like to get a copy for my grandchildren. It was a small hard back written in rhyme. ends up with the train pulling Santa out of a snow storm. Help!

Posted on 25 Feb 2011, 23:08:16 GMT
P Bray says:
yes I remember it well "I am ready to go with a puff puff puff i've stood at the station long enough" said puffing billy the toy town train .
I think my parents have my copy somewhere in the attic .Will ask if they can find it and let you know .

Posted on 25 Jun 2011, 22:40:55 BST
RB Chalmers says:
Also looking for a copy of Puffing Billy, a great favoutite of our young sons in the 70's. Also looking for a book called "The Great Greyness" which our children loved in the 70's about a developing world in different colours. Would be really interested if anyone else remembers this book.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jun 2011, 21:01:04 BST
I'm assuming you couldn't find it. Oh well....thanks for looking.

Posted on 16 Jan 2012, 14:28:37 GMT
Grem says:
Is this the same book as ?The Toy Town Train??, part of which went
"The Guard blew his whistle and waved his green flag, and the Toy Town Train pulled out". (On the journey it encountered a cow on the line, but I don't remember Santa.)
I, too, have been looking for years for this book, remembering it from 1940s Wartime.
Any clues would be gratefully received. Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jan 2012, 23:10:45 GMT
the guard blows his whistle, peep peep peep! And Puffing billy begins to creep....no cow on the line but a big log which causes PB to have to take to the air. I eventually tracked it down online and purchased it for about £5.00 so just be patient and maybe you'll be lucky.

Posted on 17 Jan 2012, 09:09:49 GMT
P. Cobb says:
Well done for tracking it down! Problem with sourcing books that old is how the content, be it textual or pictorial, has frequently become 'non-pc' reflecting values of an era that has long since gone (not that they really did us any harm - or did they?!) I recall a beloved series of paperback picture books called 'Teddy Tar' which featured mainly yellow-coloured bears, but a family of black bears were the 'naughty' or 'bad' bears. A few years back when visiting Gyles Brandreth's Teddy Bear Museum in Stratford upon Avon, a display case featured some of the Teddy tar books and highlighted this fact as a 'curiosity'.

Posted on 17 Jan 2012, 22:04:48 GMT
I tried to reply to your post to tell you that the guard in the Puffing billy book was the character you might find on Robinson's marmalade jars but I got a telling off from the website PC police. ooops.

Posted on 18 Jan 2012, 12:27:24 GMT
P. Cobb says:
Ruth: That was precisely my point! Reprints of Noddy books have had to be 'modernised' to get round PC changes. Racial, religious and sexual stereotyping are all no-nos. References to height, weight, hair colour, losing or winning in a sporting context, 2-parent family, being allowed to play out-of-doors unsupervised, sitting on Santa's lap? Forget it! Getting books down from the loft or attic to read to today's youngsters? Heaven forbid! Thinking of writing a book aimed at small children? Think again!

Posted on 13 Apr 2012, 21:18:31 BST
Greeneyes says:
I absolutely love this book. I've still got a very tatty and torn copy somewhere. We used to read this to my sons every night 40 years ago. My eldest son (now 42) can still recite it word for word.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Apr 2012, 10:42:32 BST
RB Chalmers says:
Mr Da Warwick

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Apr 2012, 20:21:31 BST
RB Chalmers says:
Mr Da Warwick - not sure why my previous reply (10am today) to your message of 13th not registered, however retrying :-
Yup, our two sons (now in 30's) greatly enjoyed the "Puffing Billy" story, now looking to introduce out 2.5 y/o grandson to him. He loves storybooks, both old & new.
If you or anyone else has found / traced a copy can you pls advise on the author & publisher's names? Also if a copy been obtained online - from which site/sites?
Many thanks
Ros & Alan.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Apr 2012, 10:34:14 BST
Puffing Billy illustrated by Justin Michman. a Pixie book published by Collins. No author mentioned. No date or ISBN. I managed to track it down after about 18 months because of this discussion. Just hang in there - someone might eventually notice your request and I will keep my eyes open for you.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Sep 2013, 18:35:15 BST
so thrilled to find this site I'm 60 and have one page from childhood and have been looking for this book for years, but now in particular for my little grandson who just loves trains

Posted on 22 Sep 2013, 15:32:44 BST
Broxi3781 says:
There are some listed on this site:
Puffing Billy

Good Luck I've done plenty of hunting for favourite children's books myself.

Posted on 19 Jun 2017, 08:36:56 BST
I have a tattered copy somewhere but have been trying to track a source to get a new one. What a pity that books like 'this go out of print and circulation when so many have really loved them.could someone who has a copy print out the story for others to use for their families? If I find mine I will do just that!

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