A review of a new STEM Railway magazine for young people
World of Rail: A mix of rail news and great articles
Science, Engineering, technology and much more for enquiring young minds
Whilst a slightly niche subject area, World of Rail is a new, small-scale special interest publication with the potential to include wider science and engineering appeal.
“Welcome to the first issue of World of Rail, a magazine that explores the fascinating and exciting world of railways. It looks at the science, technology and engineering feats that have shaped, and continue to shape, the railways from around the world. In this first issue, the topics include how Japanese train technology has given the UK a fleet of fast and stylish trains, including a behind the scenes look at how they are built in a factory near Darlington. We also look at how trains are controlled and the quest for speed. In addition, there are news pages to keep you up to date with railway developments and a puzzle page”.Jonathan Webb, Editor, World of Rail
What the slightly amateur layout lacks in polish, it makes up for with great photographs and abundant articles with general and specialist appeal, from cutting edge maglev and bullet trains to historical trams and steam engines and even rescuing animals on the line!
Following a popular format for young people’s magazines of interesting and informative articles, news, readers’ contributions and puzzles, the magazine also seeks to highlight and promote women and girls in STEM in particular, and is a source of informal careers information. World of Rail is aimed at 9-15 year olds, and whilst the writing is accessible – explaining complex concepts in a simple way – it doesn’t dumb down the content. The magazine is also peppered with extra interest fact boxes. Articles are comprehensive and would easily appeal to adults as well.
This new magazine will definitely appeal to young people interested in trains and railways, but it also includes lots of STEM in a relevant and recognisable context which could be of wider interest. There are a number of STEM Ambassadors in the rail industry who also volunteer their time to share their skills and knowledge and enthuse children and young people about careers in engineering and technology. World of Rail is packed full of information and, whilst the subject matter might not be for everyone, it will entertain enthusiasts for hours!
World of Rail is available as a one off or subscription from Chime Whistle Publishing – who normally publish railway books and calendars. School subscription discounts are also available. www.chimewhistle.co.uk
Having spotted my Best Magazines for Children blog post, I was sent a digital copy of this first issue of World of Rail magazine and asked to review it, but this post is #NotSponsored.
Whilst I normally only review things I have come across myself which I think may be of use, if anyone would like to send me wine or chocolate to review I would happily oblige! (other science-related paraphernalia also considered!).