A day out with Thomas
The station building is nicely restored with old features, plus a gift shop selling lots of Thomas merchandise amongst other things. Children got a little gift, activity booklet and sticker on arrival. The Fat Controller was on the platform and told you about the trains as they arrived. The magic was real for our 4 year old Thomas fan as Thomas the tank engine pulled in - a proper Thomas steam train, not just a train dressed up to look like Thomas. Prudence also arrived with some troublesome trucks and then we got into Thomas's carriages and took our seats which were comfortable and had perspex screens between the tables. There was a bit of space in the vestibule for pushchairs (although these had to be carried up and down the steps to the platform, we didn't see a lift). A trolley selling drinks and confectionery came through the train (doing a good business in gingerbread Thomases!), and the children got a certificate and colouring pencils to colour it in. The journey was a nice 15 minute trip pulled by Thomas through woodland, over rivers and past a campsite to Ramsbottom. A brief stop there (you couldn't get off) and then a diesel engine pulled us back again.
Not sure if there were toilets on the train but the ones on the platform we're ok - dated but adequate. After getting off the train, you could cross the road to the Bury Transport Museum (down some steps, wheelchair route available by walking to the left along the route and then turning right into Castlecroft Rd). Tickets included access to the museum which has old vehicles such as a van, bus, tram, fire engine, exhibits and an excellent model railway (which was our son's favourite thing of the day!). Extra Thomas activities were on including balloon modelling, colouring in, Rusty and Dusty entertainment, Thomas books, toys and outside there were also a few small fairground rides and a magic show. All of this was included in the ticket price which was a pleasant surprise! There were cages on the station platform and in an old carriage outside the museum but we didn't try either, we took our own snack and were finished before lunch (we were there approx 9-12). Overall there was more to do than we expected and it was a great day out which our 4 year old and 1 year old both enjoyed - therefore we as parents were happy too! Read more