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Railway Rabbits
At the platform of Launceston Steam Railway
The Covertcoat features in the new children's books as a character called Spitfire

Cornwall's Georgie Adams has a rich background when it comes to producing books for children.

She has worked with some of the best known authors over the years, including Roger Hargreaves, the creator of the Mr Men, and Nicholas Spargo on the Willo the Wisp series.

Georgie has produced several of her own books over the years.

These include the popular Sesame Brown and the Charmseekers series, written under the pseudonym Amy Tree.

One of the new books

For her latest creation Georgie only had to look out of her window. Over stunning Cornish countryside views, the author regularly watches the popular Launceston steam railway trains taking passengers along the line.

When she was asked to produce a new series of books, Georgie knew exactly what she wanted to do.

BBC Cornwall's Matt Shepherd boarded the Launceston Steam Railway with Georgie to find out more about the book. Click on the link to hear the interview.

"I live in the Kensey Valley overlooking Kaye and Nigel Bowman's railway. The Railway Rabbits wouldn't have happened without this railway line."

She says: "The Railway Rabbits see a red engine that smokes and spits sparks. They call it the red dragon.

"They're very nervous of this fierce beast that they see racing up and down the track."

The first book in the new series of the Railway Rabbit novels is called Wisher and the Runaway Piglet.

It is all about a piglet which has escaped from Fairweather's Farm Park, on the run from an angry dog.

Little Wisher, is a special rabbit with soft, silvery fur and the smallest of the Longears family.

Georgie Adams
Georgie Adams has produced several children's books over the years

She's a bit of a dreamer, but when she hears about a runaway piglet, she decides she must help him get safely back to his mum.

The main train to feature in the book is based on one of the engines at Launceston Steam Railway.

In real life it's called the Covertcoat. However in Georgie's books the locomotive takes on the name of Spitfire, and there's a very special reason for that.

Georgie says: "It's very much a memory I have of my father who was a Spitfire pilot.

"I have a wonderful photo of him in the cockpit of his spitfire and I have always thought if I had the opportunity to use the name in one of my books I would."

The owner of Launceston Steam Railway is Nigel Bowman. He is very happy his labour of love is featured in the new series of stories.

"I'm delighted about the new books. The inspiration for Launceston Steam Railway goes back about 60 years to when I was a kid, and it was a book. It was called Jimmy and his Little Engine.

"In the book he finds an engine and he goes for a ride on it. That inspired me enormously and that's why Launceston Steam Railway is here.

"We've just done our 27th season. We were worried about the recession but we've had a very good season."

Essential Information

The Railway Rabbits series is published by Orion Children's Books. The first two titles will be available from Thursday 21 October 2010. Further titles will be released in the Spring of 2011. The books are aimed at readers aged six and above.




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