Last week Damian had some time off. It came at a good time, both for Damian who was in need of a prolonged break from work, and for me, who was in need of a bit of help with the children! I’ve been feeling the aches and pains of pregnancy and I’ve been finding Mr D’s behaviour a challenge at times (although the reason for that became apparent towards the end of the week).
Anyhow, I’ve been keen to take the children on the steam train at the East Lancashire Railway for some time. We have been to the transport museum in Bury which the children enjoyed and now we are into the spring time, the trains run during the week. We decided to head up to Bury on Friday. We opted to get the 11am train so it gave us plenty of time to get ready and get a packed lunch made up.
There is parking next to the train station but we parked on the multi storey car park at the Rock development as we had intended to have a look in the shops afterwards. We walked over the station and the children got a Thomas flag each (only £1) and we headed to the platform to await the train.
We boarded the train and had a carriage to ourselves. There are various ticket options but we decided to just ride the train to the end of the line at Rawtenstall and then come straight back. The children were free (under five years old) and it cost £11.30 each for Damian and I.
The children had a great time and there really is something quite special about going on the steam train. Many years ago when Damian and I lived in Bury, we went for a meal on the train – I think it was around our first wedding anniversary or similar event. I remember it being a lovely evening and we recently bought my parents the same experience. (more here on that one). It’s something I am sure Damian and I will do in the future.
It’s well worth a visit to the East Lancs Railway if you’re ever in the area, and keep an eye on their special events. The 1940’s weekend is always good fun and we might head up there for that when it is next on, and I’m thinking that we might go to the Day out With Thomas – but will decide that a little closer to the time.
The day turned very wet, windy and cold so we headed back to the car quickly then popped in to see Damian’s parents. We then noticed that a rash that had started the night before on Mr D had spread so we left to take him to the local walk in centre – a good job we did as he was promptly diagnosed with Scarlet Fever – but luckily I don’t think it ruined his first experience of the steam trains of the East Lancashire Railway.