My husband (currently 62) fondly remembers a short book about a retired train engineer who was bored at home.
The engineer’s wife suggested he build a backyard railway – which he did – and the neighbourhood children flocked to it for rides and happy times.
This made the retired train engineer very happy and no longer bored.
Sorry I have nothing more to go on other than the book would have been purchased in Montreal, Quebec (in English, not in French) and it may have a
British connection as Andrew’s parents were born in England and moved to Canada in the late 1940’s.
Any assistance you can offer in helping me to locate this book would be invaluable as Andrew is an only child and both his parents have passed on.
It is a memory he speaks of often and I would dearly love to find the book for him.