The Railway Children Sample

This page features a sample of The Railway Children, abridged for children aged eleven and above by Books for Learning.

They were not railway children to begin with. They were just ordinary suburban children, and they lived with their Father and Mother in an ordinary red-brick-fronted villa1. There were three of them. Roberta (or Bobbie, as she was mostly called) was the eldest; next came Peter; and the youngest was Phyllis.

Mother was almost always there, ready to play with the children, and read to them, and help them to do their home-lessons. Besides this she used to write stories for them while they were at school, and read them aloud after tea.

These three lucky children always had everything they needed: pretty clothes, good fires, a lovely nursery with heaps of toys. They also had a Father who was just perfect—never cross, never unjust, and always ready for a game.

You will think that they ought to have been very happy. And so they were, but they did not know how happy till the pretty life in the Red Villa was over and done with, and they had to live a very different life indeed.

The dreadful change came quite suddenly.

  1. villa—house.