Train of the Future Competition at Eastleigh Library

For more than 100 years trains have been built in Eastleigh! We want you to jump forward in time and tell us what sort of trains will be built in Eastleigh 100 years in the future!

How will you report back on the trains of the future? What could you tell us? How could you let us know… will it be a picture, a written description or a model It’s up to you…

Just remember only you have seen this incredible future train… so you’ll have to let us know all about it… how do the people travel, how does it move, what fuels the train, what does it look like, where does it go?

Please submit entries by 5pm on Saturday 23 April by bringing them to Eastleigh Library or emailing them to The winner’s will be notified by Saturday 14 May, prizes will be awarded to the three winners on Saturday 28 May 2022.

There are three age categories in this competition, please remember to submit the entrants name and age along with a name and telephone number for a responsible adult for all three categories:

– Age 0-4 – the winner will receive a selection of children’s books

– Age 5-8 – the winner will receive a selection of children’s books

– Age 9-12 – the winner will receive a £30 book token

Competition Rules for Train of the Future competition

1. The competition is organised by Hampshire Libraries.

2. Entrants must be aged 12 or younger on Saturday 23 April 2022.

3. Entrants must submit a picture, a model, a photograph of a model or written description of a train of the future.

4. Written submissions should be no more than 200 words in length, excluding the title.

5. Entries, which must be accompanied by an entry form submitted at Eastleigh Library by 5pm Saturday 23 April 2022. All written entries should be submitted in English.

6. All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party.

7. Entrants retain the copyright in their entries but grant to Hampshire Libraries a perpetual non-exclusive royalty-free licence to publish, broadcast (across all media) and post the entry online and on any other platforms yet to be envisaged.

8. Prizes will be awarded to three winners, the best drawing or design, best model and best written description in each of the three age categories.

9. The judging panel’s decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.

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Train books are very popular, and we have some lovely books for all ages!
We’re not solely talking about the Rail Collection at Winchester Discovery Centre – a collection of hundreds of books all about trains!

If you’re a train enthusiast, we can highly recommend a visit to browse through the Collection. These are books about specific trains, about the history of the railway, history of trains, how different routes came about and anything else you could ever wish to know about trains and the railway

The Rail Collection is best for older children and adults as the books have a lot of text in them, if these books are a bit too advanced still for your little train enthusiast, than these lovely books, all about trains, are bound to put a smile on their face!

First book of trains
by Isabel Thomas

From trams to rollercoasters and everything in between! Find out all about 30 types of train – steam trains, monorails, cable cars, electric trains and many more – in this illustrated and annotated first guide to trains.

City trains
by Nikki Bruno Clapper

All aboard! Hop on a city train to see where they go, how they work, and why so many people use trains to get around. Train types include underground trains, elevated railways, and light rail.

It’s all about… speedy trains

Speedy Trains tells you everything you want to know about trains, from building the first railways to steam engines and trains that hover above the rails. Learn about trains that go underground, across water, through rock and more.

Freight trains
by Nikki Bruno Clapper

All aboard! Hop on a freight train to see where they go, what they carry, and why they are used around the world.

Cars, trains, ships & planes : a visual encyclopedia of every vehicle
by Clive Gifford

This is a comprehensive kid’s encyclopedia packed with photos of all modes of transportation, from classic cars and motorbikes to sailboats and spaceships. The book displays exciting vehicles that float, fly or speed across the land, including the record breakers – the fastest, largest, longest, and costliest modes of transportation ever to zoom, sail or soar.


For the older train enthusiasts; these are just a handful of books you can find in the Rail Collection at Winchester Discovery Centre:

50 famous British locomotives
by Peter Herring

A nostalgic guide to 50 of the most famous locomotives of the steam train and early diesel age, including the people, power and popularity that made them famous.

For the love of trains : a celebration of the railways
by Ray Hamilton

More than just a means of transport, trains connect communities, evoke memories, and promise adventures galore. This fact-packed miscellany tracks their development from the earliest locomotives to today’s superfast trains, stopping off along the way to explore great railway journeys, iconic stations, and memorable depictions in the arts.

APT : the untold story
by David N. Clough

The story of the APT is one of ultimate failure. The pioneering project for a tilting train was headline news in the 1970s and 1980s but it failed as much for political reasons as it did for technical reasons. The story is still controversial, and many still see it as a missed opportunity. Yet the legacy of the original APT project is that tilting trains built by foreign competitors run almost unnoticed on Britain’s railway network today and much of the power car technology heavily influenced the design of the later InterCity 225s and the Class 91 locomotives. Now David Clough has delved into recently released archive material and has unearthed a story never before told. He reveals some of the top-level thinking behind the APT project, internal politics and some of the real reasons for APT’s eventual, and expensive, demise.

The early morning milk train : the cream of Emett railway drawings
by Rowland Emett

by Wilfried Kopenhagen

British main line services in the age of steam, 1900-1968
by Michael Harris

British Mainline Services is a detailed survey of scheduled passenger trains on Britain’s main line railways from the beginning of the century to the end of the steam haulage in 1968




Travelling can be daunting for young children, as can new experiences, whether it’s going on a plane, boat or train. Sharing stories can help calm the child and turn, what would otherwise be a difficult situation, into a fun adventure.

Maisy’s bus
by Lucy Cousins

Maisy, the lovable little mouse, is at the driving wheel of the bus. Where is she going – to pick up her friends of course. A new picture book about the little mouse, who is featured in a popular animated television series.
Age; 1+

Maisy goes by plane
by Lucy Cousins

Maisy is off on a journey to see her friend Ella, but Ella lives such a long way away. Maisy must go by plane and what an exciting trip it is! As she makes her way through security and steps on board, Maisy peeks in at the captain: what a lot of lights and buttons it takes to make a plane go! Maisy soon makes friends with Mr Percy and Betsy; and after drinks, magazines and a tricky toilet stop, the journey is over in no time!
Age: 3+

Where are we going?
by Elizabeth Dale

In this story, the family is on a train ride and the children are disappointed not to be able to get off and do all the things they can see from the window. But when they arrive at the seaside, they will be able to do everything!
Age: 3+

Going on a plane
by Roderick Hunt

Introducing your child to new situations through entertaining and sensitively written stories, each title in this series is packed with facts and humour, making them perfect for reading together.
Age: 3+

Going on a train
by Roderick Hunt 

Do you like trains? Biff, Chip and Kipper do! In this story they have lots of fun going to France by train.
Age: 3+

The wheels on the bus; and, The boat on the waves
by Wes Magee and Richard Morgan

The wheels on the bus just keep going round! Then the boat on the waves has a very up and down ride.
Age: 5+

Mungo Monkey goes on a train
by Lydia Monks

Mungo Monkey is very excited to be going on a train trip with his grandparents and little sister, Mimi. Where will they go? What will they see? Join in the fun by lifting the flaps and help Mungo discover an exciting surprise at the end of his travels.
Age: 3+

School bus trip
by Ellen Philpott

Peppa and her friends are going on a school bus adventure up a mountain. But what will they find at the very top?
Age: 4+

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A day at the animal airport
by Sharon Rentta

Kai Koala is going on holiday with his family – and they’re off to the airport. Kai has a wonderful time, using his passport, pushing trolleys and flying in a plane!
Age: 2+

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The bus is for us!
by Michael Rosen

Small children take great delight in rides – whether by bicycle, car, boat, or plane. And best of all is taking the bus, because the bus is for everyone!
Age: 2+

George goes on a plane
by Nicola Smee

Join George and Bear as they travel on a plane for the first time! There are so many exciting things to see and do at the airport, and then there’s the journey on the plane with its thrilling take off!
Age: 3+

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