28 September 2020.
How the Stonehaven fundraising book came into being.
To date, I've been a professional rail journalist for over 20 years and in that time I've met many, many great staff at all grades. I'm no stranger to a depot mess room at 02.00 or a signal box on all three shifts, to name but two examples.
It's this acceptance into the railway family that led directly to Chime Whistle Publishing creating a fundraising book for the families affected by the tragedy. Having been shown so much kindness and hospitality by rail staff over the years, it feels only right to put something back and repay that kindness back. The book has also been promoted on a number of groups via their Facebook pages and by a number of rail staff on Twitter and FB.
Around 18 months ago, we produced a similar fundraising book for the Severn Valley Railway, raising much needed funds in the process, so we know the concept is a good one!
Every copy of the limited edition book will be signed and numbered by the author. It is a 300 page, A4 format hard back book that shows staff at work in depots, signal boxes, building trains and on the footplate, to name just a few subjects. The pictures date from 1990 to 2019.
Link to the book is here: https://www.chimewhistle.co.uk/product/keeping-the-wheels-turning-a-fund-raising-book-for-families-affected-by-the-stonehaven-derailment-
31 August 2020.
The Railway Magazine digital edition is published today and has an advert for World of Rail magazine and Keeping The Wheels Turning, the Stonehaven fundraising book.
As I write this , it's just turned 10.00 and already the website hits are going wild, with almost 1,000 hits so far today. This is a record for so early in the day for Chime Whistle Publishing! Thank you everyone :-)
10 August 2020.
It's been just two weeks since the first issue of World of Rail was published and the reviews have been fantastic! NON of the reviews are sponsored.
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Flora Graham from Nature News: “We're loving the first issue of World of Rail magazine — great for train-loving young ones! (It's for over-9s but my 5-year-old also loved having it read to him and the pictures.)”
This from STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) Ambassador Dr Jo Montgomery: “Following a popular format for young people’s magazines of interesting and informative articles, news, readers’ contributions and puzzles, the magazine also seeks to highlight and promote women and girls in STEM in particular, and is a source of informal careers information. World of Rail is aimed at 9-15 year olds, and whilst the writing is accessible – explaining complex concepts in a simple way – it doesn’t dumb down the content. The magazine is also peppered with extra interest fact boxes. Articles are comprehensive and would easily appeal to adults as well.This new magazine will definitely appeal to young people interested in trains and railways, but it also includes lots of STEM in a relevant and recognisable context which could be of wider interest. ”
Rolls Royce engineer and STEM ambassador Yin Wah Lou: “What better way to spend your weekend than reading the first issue of the World of Rail magazine? It’s aimed at young people but really anybody can enjoy it! Inspiring #STEM reading!”
Support and Development Manager for Community Rail Paul Webster: “A magazine which appeals to the future generation of rail travellers and those looking to work in the rail industry ... and the next edition features
community rail too! What a combination! Suggest you get hold of World of Rail magazine now!”
PBS NewsHour Extra: “Teachers: Do you know about the Hiroshima tram girls (14 & 15 year olds) who drove trams during this time? (future issue of
World of Rail magazine) So many important aspects of #Hiroshima75 that can go beyond this important anniversary month.”