Submitter: I am a second-year school librarian, and I am constantly finding books in my aged collection which make me want to shout out, “Why?” I have attached a scan of my current favorite, Mountain-Climbing Trains, which I found in my elementary/middle library this fall. I really need to do a full-fledged weeding project!
Anyhow, the book was published in 1969, but was acquired in 1972. The library/school actually purchased the book.
It is just what it the title promises: the exciting story of how people came to make trains that dare to scale mountains. Here are the first few sentences to give you a flavor for the book:
“There are many ways to climb a mountain. Most mountains can be climbed on foot by skilled climbers and some can be scaled by just about anyone who likes a brisk walk on a nice day. To climb a mountain by train, however, cog railways are often used.”
I will spare you the brief discussion of cog railways that follows. Needless to say, it is not the most scintillating reading you are likely to find.
Holly: Even considering this is a children’s book, it’s pretty dumb. Unless Thomas the Tank Engine is doing the lecturing about trains, kids today are probably not interested. Even something educational from Mount Washington in New Hampshire or Pike’s Peak (both have cog railways) would be more interesting than this.