The Last Train

Roaring Brook Press

Based on a song by the acclaimed musician Gordon Titcomb, this is a hauntingly beautiful tribute to a bygone era when everyone traveled by train.



  • The Last Train Book Trailer

    Based on a song by the acclaimed musician Gordon Titcomb, this is a celebration of the railroad train, with beautiful illustrations by award-winning artist Wendell Minor. Enjoy this production, set to Titcomb's song, which was yet another collaboration of author and illustrator.



Praise for The Last Train

An Autumn 2010 Kids' Indie Next List pick for "Inspired Recommendations for Kids from Indie Booksellers"
“Based on musician Titcomb's 2005 song, this stunning book both celebrates and eulogizes the golden era of railway travel. Minor's luminous, occasionally almost photographic, paintings portray the adult narrator as a boy, surrounded by a ghostly haze as he walks along the tracks….There's little doubt that railroad aficionados will pore over the crisply rendered railroad memorabilia.”  —Starred, Publishers Weekly
"[The Last Train] is going to please every last train lover out there, and I’ll be putting it in my Christmas shopping bag for more than one person this upcoming holiday season." —Betsy Bird, New York Public Library

“A treasure for train enthusiasts.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The Last Train is going to please every last train lover out there….It mixes together both drama and nostalgia, but in a good way, in the ultimate train tribute.” —Elizabeth Bird, A Fuse #8 Production blog

Reviews from Goodreads



  • GORDON TITCOMB is a composer and musician who has played with many well known artists including Arlo Guthrie, Hank Williams, Jr., Paul Simon, Emmylou Harris, Judy Collins, and Willie Nelson. THE LAST TRAIN is Gordon’s first book for children. Gordon lives in Winsted, CT. Visit him at gordontitcomb.com.

    WENDELL MINOR is an award-winning illustrator of over forty picture books for children, including Buzz Aldrin’s LOOK TO THE STARS and AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL. As a child he remembers visiting the Burlington Railroad roundhouse in his hometown of Aurora, IL, to watch the big steam engines come and go. Wendell now lives in Washington, CT. Visit him at minorart.com.

  • Wendell Minor


Available Formats and Book Details

The Last Train

Connecticut Book Awards, Nominee


Roaring Brook Press