Fans of Joe Coates’ books in seventh heaven at new release

Joe Coates at the North York Moors Railway, where his new book was launched
Joe Coates at the North York Moors Railway, where his new book was launched

Visitors to the North Yorks Moors Railway in Pickering a couple of years ago may wellhave heard Scarborough author, Joe Coates, telling one of his six railway stories based at North Bay Railway.

Joe held several storytelling sessions at Pickering in recent years, and was storyteller in a Fairies Story Train special.

Many have been eagerly awaiting Book 7 in the series North Bay Tales – and there’s no need to wait any longer.

The new book, The New Steam Engine at North Bay Railway, features the recent arrival of Georgina, a locally -built miniature steam engine, at North Bay Railway.

The New Steam Engine book has just been launched at North Bay Railway’s Train Gala. The new book follows on the series: Teddy Bears’ Picnic, A Birthday Surprise, A Santa Special to Remember, Donkey Alert, Percy the Cat, and Jake and a Snake, all at North Bay Railway.

This delightful miniature train ride features strongly, and the books are perfect for reading to young children who have travelled on that train.

Since the series of books began in 2009 with Teddy Bears’ Picnic, Joe and North Bay Railway have sold well over a thousand books. Joe is delighted with Book 7, which is a visual treat, thanks to local photographer Bernard Dixon, who has given permission for his pictures of Georgina travelling the North Bay train journey route to be used in the book.

North Bay Railway is the longest miniature railway in England and one of the major attractions in Scarborough. Passengers travel for almost a mile from near Peasholm Park, past the Open Air Theatre, through the tunnel and along by the sea to Scalby Mills.

There, the engine turns on a turntable and the return journey is made. North Bay Railway also features a historic Water Chute, Water Walkers, a boating lake, Sky Trail, a Bistro and Boatman’s Tavern, the smallest pub in Yorkshire. Books are available from the author and from North Bay Railway.