I did not expect such an experience.
First of all, we paid for the VIP (well worth it) and on the ride out, we were - as well - disappointed with the lack of Harry Potter info.
There is a (TOTAL) upswing:
1) This is not a "Harry Potter Attraction." It's a "train enthusiast" attraction. It's one of the very few steam trains that still run. Many of the employees are volunteers, just to have the opportunity to operate a steam train. Any references/locations are incumbent on the passenger to research as they aren't "tour guides."
2) The little town you visit is quaint and has it's own personality.
3) On the way out, they did NOT warn us about the upcoming viaduct. You have to be prepared for it, and get a good window, as only one side has the best view. Paying for VIP was totally worth it.
4) I understand they are booked all the way through to next June! So plan (months) ahead! Buy your tickets ASAP.
THE BEST FOR LAST
5) We're pretty friendly and chatty people and spoke to the souvenir person, the woman running the cart, everybody ... and they were SO GREAT! We had them sign our book at the end. We even were able to talk to the gentleman who shoveled the coal! (total highlight) The engineer was so amazing. He even spoke to me about how he started on the Jacobite ... I would totally ride it again.
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