Welcome to the
answers to Search for the Lost Railway Engine.
For those of you who remember, Search for the
Lost Railway Engine was first published in 1989
and was a treasure-hunting book with several
riddles to be solved. The closing date for entries
was in June 1992 and no completely correct answers
were received. I still receive correspondence
asking for answers so have published these pages
to satisfy the curious.
As pointed out to everyone,
there is no longer a competition and
no prize but if you really want to
keep looking for the engine then DO
NOT ENTER THIS SITE FURTHER for the answers
When Steve and I wrote Search for the Lost Railway
Engine we were full of hopes for the future.
Steve always wanted fame and fortune - well
the fame more than the fortune if the truth
were told. We certainly didn't make any fortune
out of the book but we had a lot of fun with
it and had our "fifteen minutes of fame"
in both the press and on local radio stations.
Steve loved every minute of it. Sadly, he died
at the end of January 1994 - at 44 he was cheated
of the long life he deserved. I am certain he
would have wanted me to "do something"
about the book so this is my chance to let people
know the answers.
Anyone who enjoyed the book is invited
to make a donation direct to the Intensive Care
Unit at Weston super Mare General Hospital,
Grange Road, Uphill, Weston super Mare, Somerset,
England - it would be much appreciated. (Cheques
should be made payable to the Weston Area Health
Trust and your letter should make it clear that
the donation is for Intensive Care - thank you)..
The puzzle apparently caused more than a few
sleepless nights for those who attempted to
solve it so I now welcome you to the answers.
If they seem crazy to you or if you don't understand
them, please don't lay all the blame at my feet.
They were mostly the workings of Steve's mind
and I cannot be held responsible! Where a clue
is linked with a place, product, factory etc.
the facts were correct in 1989 - I cannot confirm
that the same is true today.
The gold engine has been donated by the publishers
to The British Heart Foundation for them to
auction for their funds.