The National Railway Museum is hosting nine days of Big Fun with Little Trains this February half term (not all counties have half term next week, here in Gloucestershire it’s half term this week).
From 16- 24th February, the National Railway Museum is having a celebration of toys and model trains. Children of all ages (including the grown up kind) will be enthralled by the range of little locos from children’s pedal trains, to rides on indoor and outdoor miniature railways* that the whole family can enjoy. My boys both loved the outdoor trains when they were smaller.
Children will be able to get hands-on in the museum play areas and enjoy rides of all shapes and sizes. Meccano and Lego workshops and the G-Wizz garden railway will add to the fun. Family friendly model layouts will be on display and visitors can take part in a Chuggington challenge to stack your track as high as possible. As well as the toy train fun, visitors can enjoy the regular school holiday activities including explosive science shows, turntable demonstrations and rides behind a real steam engine*. The 100 year old signal school, used to teach would-be signallers, will also be open for visitors to marvel at.
As well as taking part in the wide range of activities on offer across the museum’s site, visitors can also explore the Warehouse to discover lots of model railway objects including a model railway that is so small it fits into a banjo case. Personally I love the old station items, like stained glass windows from old no-longer-there stations.
But for me the best bit is always the work shop, last time we were up at the NRM the Flying Scotsman was being rebuilt, what a glorious train she is, something special about her, makes you feel all nostalgic.
* for a charge, but running steam trains isn’t free so fair enough.
Admission to the National Railway Museum is free. For more information visit http://nrm.org.uk