Mon 8 Aug 2016
A Day Out With Thomas is a chance to meet Thomas The Tank Engine and his friends at a real steam railway. You get to ride on a steam engine and take part in lots of Thomas & Friends themed activities. My kids are big Thomas fans – my three year old girl loves the TV show and my one year old boy is obsessed with trains. So, this sounded like the perfect thing for us! Our closest event is held at Bo’ness Railway Station, about a 40 minute drive from Edinburgh. It’s on just a few times per year and you need to book in advance because it always sells out. We’d had our tickets booked since February and were all looking forward to it. I think my husband (also a Thomas fan) was just as excited as the kids!
We booked the first train of the day at 10.30 and we arrived half an hour early to park the car and have a look around. As we turned into the car park, we were all very excited to see some of Thomas’ friends waiting for us at the station. We were early, so found a parking space easily.
Everything was very well organised. We had a wander along the platform and saw Thomas arriving. Then we took the 10.30 steam train out to Birkhill station. The journey took about half an hour and it was good fun. It was nice to see people waving as we went by. At Birkhill you could stand on the bridge and watch the steam train pass below. There was a bouncy castle, roundabout, magic show and face painting – loads to keep the kids amused for an hour. We had our lunch and headed back to Bo’ness station on the 12.00 train.
Back at Bo’ness there were even more activities to enjoy. There was a 40 minute queue to climb on board Thomas and speak to the driver, but there was a lot to see while we were waiting. The other trains were moving up and down the tracks, chuffing, peeping and wheeshing. My daughter was having a great time naming them all and giving them a wave. When we got to Thomas, the driver explained how some of the pumps and pistons worked and let us give the whistle a toot toot. My son was so excited, he must have said “Choo choo” about a hundred times over the day.
Tickets were £13 per person (under 2s go free) and we were there for about 4 hours in total. The price included parking and all the activities. We all had so much fun and felt it was great value for money.
Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway, Bo’ness Station, Union Street, EH51 9AQ