We arrived at the railway and it was a bit wet and miserable, but the squeals of delight from my youngest when he saw all the trains quickly cheered us up. I don't think he could believe his eyes. Then, when he saw Thomas, he didn't know what to do with himself. He refused to leave the platform. Thomas was pulling Toad the brake van so we went for a few rides on this, and the children got a junior engineer certificate. Then we went for a ride on the steam train to Lydney Junction. This was so nice. We got drinks from the buffet car and enjoyed the ride. Even my oldest son was enjoying it, though he pretended that he wasn't!
|He was so excited when he realised that Thomas was next to us|
|Pleased as punch to get a sticker|
Talking about punch, there was a classic Punch and Judy show being run at intervals on the top platform. My older two loved it and couldn't stop laughing, though the little one was a bit scared and wouldn't watch it. I'm not sure that I blame him! These puppets were also up there and they look very creepy.
There was also face painting on the platform and my older boys just had to get theirs done. As you can see we've now got a dinosaur and Spiderman with us for the day.
While they were getting their faces done, my youngest was still staring wistfully at all the trains. All he wanted to do was see Thomas and he wasn't going anywhere until he did.
Much to my relief, Thomas came back out so we had another ride on the brake van. Everyone was getting a bit tired by this point so we decided to go for one last ride on Daisy the Diesel. First she raced the steam train, and then there was a story telling trip to Parkend. The children had a little nap and then woke up all refreshed when we got back to Norchard station. Just time for a trip to the shop, quickly followed by a ride on this Thomas.
We all had a fantastic day; it was so nice to ride the old steam trains and to watch Thomas and his friends get up to some antics in the station. The boys loved it. There was just one more thing to do before we got back to the car. Find every single puddle in the car park and jump in it!