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Book: Great Railroad Series - The Turbine Locomotive - (Classic Train Stories) (Volume 3) by Isaac ben Levi

Book: Great Railroad Series - The Turbine Locomotive - (Classic Train Stories) (Volume 3) by Isaac ben Levi

categories: Book, Train Book Series, Bedtime Stories, Kids Railroad Stories, Childrens Locomotive Book, Classic Childrens Books, Children's Historical Fiction, Railroads, Trains, Locomotives, Kids Historical Fiction, Ozark Mountain Railroad, Children's Book


Isaac ben Levi

Author Isaac ben Leviabout this book: Author Isaac ben Levi is a Junior in High School. Since youth, he has always been fascinated with the railroad and history surrounding how it brought life to towns across the nation. He has been described as an encyclopedia of railroad knowledge. Isaac's dream is to inspire children of all ages to learn about the impact of trains and perhaps one day build a line himself. So he decided to write a series that is historically accurate about a small railroad in the heart of the Ozark Mountains that is comprised of locomotives saved from the scrap pile. The series includes 4 books to date with the 5 publishing in Spring of 2019.

Another series titled the "Li'l Great Railroad Series" came about because Isaac heard from customers who bought his books and said that their younger siblings enjoyed the books, but wanted the same series at a younger level of reading. Thus, the plot lines are similar, but the "Li'l Great Railroad Series" has a simplified grammar for younger children. There are 2 books in this series.

Each of the 6 books to date have hit #1 New Release in Children's Train Stories and several other history categories on Amazon.


Steamer was an old steam locomotive known as #412 who worked on the Cotton Line. After World War II, steam locomotives were being rapidly replaced by diesel locomotives. Old #412 knew that his time to serve was limited. Much sooner than he expected #412 found himself retired in an old siding in the locomotive shop. But he received a reprieve when a stockholder from the Ozark railroad decided to purchase the locomotive. Old #412 became OMMR#1 and proudly took his place in building up the new rail line. When his owner unexpectedly gets seriously injured, the locomotive comes to his rescue. What will the future hold for the hard-working, determined steamer?

This charming book provides a bit of railroad history, while at the same time, teaches young readers that everything in life has value and purpose, whether old or new. The author's love of trains oozes throughout the story. Children who are fascinated with trains will enjoy the story as well as the illustrations, reminiscent of The Thomas Train series. I would classify the book as an early chapter book, though it could also serve as a bedtime story, or homeschool read aloud focusing on railroad history. Any age reader will enjoy it; the author's links to additional train history, coloring pages, and railroad museums are a nice bonus.

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