Freight Trains in Action


You hear a long whistle in the distance. Then the ground seems to shake a bit. Here comes a freight train! Freight trains carry cargo from one place to another. Learn more about these exciting vehicles in Freight Trains in Action.

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You hear a long whistle in the distance. Then the ground seems to shake a bit. Here comes a freight train! Freight trains carry cargo from one place to another. Learn more about these exciting vehicles in Freight Trains in Action.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
This text is part of the "First Facts: Transportation Zone" series specifically focused on vehicles "in action" that might be of interest to younger elementary readers. This particular text, focused on freight trains, defines what can be accomplished with a train, provides a short history of how cargo was moved from place to place before trains, and discusses how freight trains are actually operated by a crew. The book also highlights the features of a working freight train, what freight trains carry today, and finishes with "freight train facts" that readers should find intriguing. For example, I didn't know how important the role of the dispatcher had become in the world of trains. Photos come in two batches: black and white photos (and the occasional painting) present the history of moving cargo while contemporary advances are illustrated through photos that show freight trains and their crews in action today. As with the other books in the series, I continue to appreciate the "Hands On" section that highlights an activity or an action in which younger readers can partake; in this case, it is a good old-fashioned train track created from popsicle sticks. The Glossary, Read More, and Web Sites sections are solid; an Internet site called "FactHound" with a code offered in the text provides interested readers even more information about trains. This text and the series in general provides a quick but effective look at a number of vehicles in action in an easy to follow format that will encourage kids' fluency in reading. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429668286
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2011
  • Series: Transportation Zone Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 1,448,214
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: NC650L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Freight Trains 4

Before Freight Trains 7

Inventor of the Locomotive 8

Early Freight Trains 11

Parts of a Freight Train 12

How a Freight Train Works 15

Operating a Freight Train 16

Freight Trains Today 19

Freight Train Facts 20

Hands On: Make Railroad Tracks 22

Glossary 23


Internet Sites 24

Index 24

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