Some photos from a couple of Monday’s ago, on our last Monday day trip before the school holidays were over and Milo’s swimming started up again. We went to the steam trains in Bo’ness. Milo is obsessed with all forms of transport but particularly trains. Every morning he asks are we going on the car or the bus or the bicycle or the train. He always includes the train, although we never go on the train – I think he’s been on a train once in his life! We didn’t buy a ticket to actually go on the steam train, it’s an hours journey, and even with a train obsessed toddler that’s still a long time in a small space with nothing really to do, but just watched it depart and arrive.
There’s also a train museum where they’ve got lots of old engines and carriages, some of which you can go into. Milo’s favourite thing was a life size bit of track where you could change the lights and move the tracks from one direction to another. I’m not quite sure of the terminology here, Dave tells me this is called points but I’m not sure if that refers to the whole junction, or the mechanism for moving the tracks or what. Anyway, Milo liked it a lot! Overall the train museum must be the best value for money attraction in our area, it’s a fiver but the ticket is valid for a whole year!
The place also does ‘days out with Thomas’ a few times a year, where they have trains with all the character’s faces from Thomas the Tank Engine. They always sell out well in advance. The guy at the museum counter was telling us they had 5000 visitors over two days last time but they are always considering no longer doing it, because they struggle to get enough volunteers – the whole place is run by volunteers but if other similar places I know are anything to go by, it’s mostly retired and middle aged men who want to be tinkering with engines, not herding kids. Also apparently whoever owns the Thomas franchise gets to keep 70% of the profits.
Here’s some more photos – trying out putting the text first in my photo heavy posts.