The Young Railroaders

Read by Mark F. Smith

(4.6 stars; 111 reviews)

While aimed at youths, this series of tales of the just-opening West makes a rollicking good story for adults, too. Three teen-age boys, trained as telegraphers, manage to get themselves in and out of a wide variety of harrowing circumstances. Using their knowledge of Morse code, the science of telegraphs, and the operation of railroads, the boys stir in native resourcefulness, quick-thinking, and when the occasion demands it, raw courage - to effect rescues, thwart thieves, and solve mysteries. If Tom Swift had lived in the nineteenth century, he could not have had more exciting escapades! (Summary by Mark F. Smith) (8 hr 20 min)


One Kind of Wireless 26:20 Read by Mark F. Smith
An Original Emergency Battery 15:19 Read by Mark F. Smith
A Tinker Who Made Good 24:05 Read by Mark F. Smith
he Other Tinker Also Makes Good 15:40 Read by Mark F. Smith
The Electrical Detective 21:25 Read by Mark F. Smith
Jack Has His Adventure 17:53 Read by Mark F. Smith
A Race Through the Flames 16:15 Read by Mark F. Smith
The Secret Telegram 16:31 Read by Mark F. Smith
Jack Plays Reporter, With Unexpected Results 21:15 Read by Mark F. Smith
A Runaway Train 16:21 Read by Mark F. Smith
The Haunted Station 22:57 Read by Mark F. Smith
In a Bad Fix, And Out 21:58 Read by Mark F. Smith
Part 1, Professor Click, Mind-Reader 20:46 Read by Mark F. Smith
Part 2, Professor Click, Mind-Reader 23:26 Read by Mark F. Smith
The Last of the Freight Thieves 25:16 Read by Mark F. Smith
The Dude Operator 24:34 Read by Mark F. Smith
A Dramatic Flagging 19:44 Read by Mark F. Smith
Wilson Again Distinguishes Himself 25:16 Read by Mark F. Smith
With the Construction Train 22:57 Read by Mark F. Smith
The Enemy’s Hand Again, and a Capture 21:59 Read by Mark F. Smith
Prisoner 18:45 Read by Mark F. Smith
Turning the Tables 31:57 Read by Mark F. Smith
The Defence of the Viaduct 29:57 Read by Mark F. Smith



(3 stars)

This classic, episodic novel features three teenage McGyvers working on the developing railroad of the 1800's. The book had a slow start, but it became more enjoyable as it progressed. The stories were rather formulaic, and the good guys always won out. But that's part of its appeal. I recommend this to young readers/listeners with an interest in historical fiction or the history of telegraphing and railroads. Thanks very much to the narrator. You were terrific.

excellent book & well read by Mark Smith

(5 stars)

This is a good listen for any age. As is mentioned in the description I can see the similarities between this and the Tom Swift series of books. The majority of the chapters can stand alone once you get to know the characters. Most but not all the chapters set the stage for an adventure which is neatly concluded by the end of the chapter. It's nice that each and every chapter is not ended with a cliffhanger. Well with the exception of one two parter and the last few chapters. Over all everything fits together nicely and is all tied up neatly by the end. I have only listened to a few books read by Mark Smith this is in my opinion one of the finest readings I've heard from Mark to date.

Fun and Adventurous short story.

(5 stars)

I love this book, I wish there would have been more or a series of these boys. I will say it's kind of crazy to think that these kids were put into some of the situations most of them truely dangerous. also the narrator is one of the best there is.

Young Railroaders

(5 stars)

Nothing more beautiful than an honest young man except that if he is also clever. US history is filled with such. This book was well read and far more worth my time than I expected.

Very good

(5 stars)

quite enjoyable stories, sometimes a bit contrived feeling, but fun for preteen through adult. Hard to stop listening once into one of the stories. Loved then ending of the book.

The Young Railroaders

(5 stars)

Well written, well read and a delight to listen to. I greatly enjoyed this book and wish I had found it in print form years ago.

(5 stars)

You won't go wrong, listening to this book. Story good, no matter your age. Reader, 5 star.

Good Natured Book

(5 stars)

Our history & those story tellers, authors of fine reading, can transform my thoughts & feelings. Super reader too! This is a positive. Opening the mind letting in what was good natured & fun. Though written possibly for a slightly younger reader, still brought me back to a simpler time. No telephony here. Telegraphy. The study & understanding of Morse code, the early railroad, wires and those young adventurous who helped moved the world forward. Enjoy!