Time Travelling Train

A children’s book created by Plymouth University students to promote the Tamar Valley Line

Tamar Valley Line
University of Plymouth Drake Primary School
2nd, Involving Young People
Community Rail Awards 2011

The Partnership worked with Plymouth University students and local school children to create an award-winning children’s book.

The Partnership took pupils from Drake Primary School, located near Keyham station on the Tamar Valley Line, on train trips to discover the stories and history of the area from local people. Back in school, the children worked with the university students to create a children’s book.

The project gave the students real-world experience in writing, illustrating, publishing and marketing a book – boosting their CV and job prospects. The project directly helped one of the students to secure a publishing job in London, and the illustrator, Brendan Kearney, has gone on to build a successful freelance career.

The pupils were able to discover their local area by train and get a taste of life in higher education. After the project, the class teacher commented that many of the children had already been back out to the Tamar Valley with their families.