Ghost Trains

Exploring America's
Abandoned Rail Lines


Children's railroad books tend to make a highly dangerous industry seem cute and cuddly.  (A case in point is my own Train Talk, published twenty-five years ago by Pantheon, although it does mention that two of my great grandfathers were killed by rail vehicles.)  In a departure, Ghost Trains is a guide to exploring our wealth of abandoned lines.  Trackside America is a fascinating place, no matter that the trains are a memory and the tracks are gone.  This book visits control towers, signals, viaducts and tunnels, depots, and the spooky remains of long-shuttered businesses. 

Walking or biking along a rail trail is like traveling back in time, giving children a closeup view of family farms, small industries, and traditional villages that are fast disappearing from the landscape.  And of course another benefit is that by propelling themselves to see what's around the next bend, kids are bumping up their fitness level.    

Sample spreads are shown here as one possible way of laying out the book.