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hi, am planning a family trip next year and am looking on various days out to do, one of which will hopefully be a train ride perhaps in a country park or a mini railway, have tried to find a link if there is any but have been unsuccessful?

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1. Re: train rides

The Gaurdian recently published "10 top day trips from Edinburgh". Should be easy to find using google.

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How about the Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway? http://www.srps.org.uk/railway/ We took our children out there as youngsters and they had a whale of a time.

A local hobby group also runs trains on the track at Vogrie Park on Sunday afternoons. www.midlothian.gov.uk/Article.aspx…

Both are a little way outside Edinburgh.

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I agree with reply 2 above - the Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway would probably be ideal for your day out.

There are very few narrow gauge railways in parks in Scotland. There is one at the seaside in Arbroath, but this is very small. See: http://www.kmr.talktalk.net/

There is a narrow gauge railway in South Lanarkshire, called the Leadhills and Wanlockhead Railway (about 40 miles from Edinburgh by car): http://www.leadhillsrailway.co.uk/

For a family train trip from Edinburgh (particularly if travelling with children), perhaps a trip to North Berwick would be a good option. The journey is about 30 minutes and North Berwick is an attractive seaside town with a beach. An alternative (which children often love) if a trip from Edinburgh over the world famous Forth Rail Bridge. You can get the train to North Queensferry and come straight back (or visit Deep Sea World in North Queensferry - http://www.deepseaworld.com/ ). It's a nice walk downhill from North Queensferry station to the village but pretty steep going back up!

For a longer trip, the West Highland Railway from Glasgow Queen Street to Fort William and Mallaig offers great scenery.

ScotRail website: www.scotrail.co.uk

Edited: 19 August 2010, 14:10
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craigtoun country park in St Andrews has a little mini railway as well as a boating pond, great adventure playground, picnic area , trampolines etc. and very good value.

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East Links family park on the western edge of Dunbar have a narrow guage railway (www.eastlinks.co.uk). The Boness and Kinniel railway mentioned by others has recently been extended, they also accept Tesco days out clubcard tokens now. Almond Valley in Livingston (www.almondvalley.co.uk/P_railway.htm) also have a small railway and they too accept Tesco days out clubcard tokens. By the time you get to Edinburgh the Glasgow-Airdrie-Edinburgh train line should be open and there is a tram ride you can take at Summerlee Heritage Park near to Coatbridge Sunnyside (no puns please!) station.

Edited: 19 August 2010, 22:39
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I know it is a few years since we were at Summerlee Heritage Park and it may have improved since then....

We were terribly disappointed. It was amateurish. The staff were uninterested and lacked knowledge. There wasn't a lot to see and to be honest the tram ride isn't worth the journey there.

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Summerlee Hertitage park just opened again this Spring after having been closed for over a year for refurbishment.

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I should have said entrance to Summerlee is free although the tram fare is £1 adult 50p child return but it's not a very long tram trip though!

I think the journey to Coatbridge by train from Edinburgh will take about 50mins although the new timetable isn't out yet as the line doesn't open until December.

A short walk from Summerlee is the Timecapsule water/ice complex (www.thetimecapsule.info) but both ice and fun pools are currently closed for refurbishment however I expect they should have reopened by Spring next year and your visit.

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