Train Book List

Talk to your local librarian for more suggestions!


  • The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
  • A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond 
  • The Railway Series by Rev. Wilbert Awdry and Christopher Awdry
Young Adult

  • Murder on The Canadian by Eric Wilson, Flo Wilson (1976)
Adult Fiction and Memoir

  • Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (1934) mystery
  • The Great Train Robbery by Michael Crichton (1975) historical novel
  • The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling fantasy
  • La Bete Humaine by Émile Zola (1890) thriller
  • Stories of the Railway by VL Whitechurch (1912) short story, mystery
  • The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux (1975) fiction
  • Parallel LInes by Ian Marchant (2003) travel memoir
  • Around the World In Eighty Days by Jules Verne (1872) adventure
  • 4:50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie (1957) mystery, Miss Marple
  • Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith (1950) mystery, thriller
  • Murder on the Ballarat Train by Kerry Greenwood (1991) mystery, Phryne Fisher
  • Murder on the Flying Scotsman by Carola Dunn (1996) mystery, Daisy Dalrymple
  • Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett (2013) Discworld, fantasy
  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (2006) fiction
  • The Christmas Train by David Baldacci (2001) fiction
  • The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie (1928) mystery, Hercule Poirot
  • Drood by Dan Simmons (2009) thriller, historical fiction
  • Railway Confessions  – A Collection of Short Stories by Carolyn Moncel (2012)


The  Railway Station: A Social History  by Jeffrey Richards and John M. MacKenzie 

The Oxford Companion to British Railway History  Oxford Press

Union Pacific: Salt Lake Route by Mark Hemphill Boston Mills Press

Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad Company, The: Historic Union Pacific Salt Lake Route (Second Edition) by John Signor Golden West Books