The Last Train (Hardcover)

The Last Train Cover Image
By Gordon Titcomb, Wendell Minor (Illustrator)

Autumn 2010 Kids' Next List

“You can almost hear the train's whistle from these expressive, beautifully rendered paintings by Wendell Minor that capture the magnificence of that dying steel behemoth -- the steam train. Gordon Titcomb's song is a sad refrain for the life that was centered around those engines. Rail enthusiasts -- and others -- will rejoice in this evocative pairing.”
— Maureen Palacios, Once Upon a Time, Montrose, CA


A picture book about an old train station from a bygone era.

The golden age of the railroad may have passed, but its legacy still fascinates us. Based on a song by the acclaimed musician Gordon Titcomb, The Last Train is a beautiful celebration of that bygone era. Titcomb's lyrics are matched by Wendell Minor's handsome, richly-detailed paintings.

ALL ABOARD! "What a gorgeous tribute this is that preserves as it distills for future generations the life of a little railroad station."—Arlo Guthrie

About the Author

GORDON TITCOMB is a composer and musician who has played with many well known artists including Arlo Guthrie, Hank Williams, Jr., Paul Simon, Emmylou Harris, Judy Collins, and Willie Nelson. THE LAST TRAIN is Gordon’s first book for children. Gordon lives in Winsted, CT.

Wendell Minor is the award-winning and bestselling illustrator of numerous books, including Ghost Ship, by Mary Higgins Clark. He lives in Washington, Connecticut.

Praise For…

“Based on musician Titcomb's 2005 song, this stunning book both celebrates and eulogizes the golden era of railway travel. Minor's luminous, occasionally almost photographic, paintings portray the adult narrator as a boy, surrounded by a ghostly haze as he walks along the tracks….There's little doubt that railroad aficionados will pore over the crisply rendered railroad memorabilia.” —Starred, Publishers Weekly

“[The Last Train] is going to please every last train lover out there, and I'll be putting it in my Christmas shopping bag for more than one person this upcoming holiday season.” —Betsy Bird, New York Public Library

“A treasure for train enthusiasts.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The Last Train is going to please every last train lover out there….It mixes together both drama and nostalgia, but in a good way, in the ultimate train tribute.” —Elizabeth Bird, A Fuse #8 Production blog

Product Details
ISBN: 9781596431645
ISBN-10: 1596431644
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication Date: September 14th, 2010
Pages: 32
Language: English