Roberta, Peter and Phyllis live a lovely life in a lovely London villa with their lovely mother and father. But all that will change.
When Father is taken away unexpectedly, they have to leave their comfortable life in London to go and live in a small cottage in the country.
The children seek solace in the nearby railway station, and make friends with Perks the Porter and the Station Master himself.
Each day, Roberta, Peter and Phyllis run down the field to the railway track and wave at the passing London train, sending their love to Father.
Little do they know that the kindly old gentleman passenger who waves back holds the key to their father's disappearance.
One of the best-loved classics of all time published in hardback with a wonderful introduction by Jacqueline Wilson.
This book contains the following story:
The Railway Children
Bobby, Peter and Phyllis live in a lovely house in a posh bit of London. Then one day their father is taken away to prison uner suspicion of treason. The children are not told why. The house is sold, the servants dispersed and with their mother the children go to live in a tiny cottage in the country. Every day the children go down to the railway line and wave at the passing train, and every day an old gentleman waves back. Bobby decides they should write to the gentleman on the train and ask him to help get their father back. Time passes but nothing seems to happen, until one day father returns. And the children learn that it was the gentleman from the train that had helped secure his release.