Never having been to the railway before we set out with our 'almost' 3 year old grandson. He loves his wooden trains and we thought he might like to see the real thing. We expected to be at the attraction for a short time on Saturday morning as we didn't expect the little one to be fully engaged for very long. However we spent well over 4 hours there! We enjoyed several walks around all the exhibits, some of which we could actually mount the cabs etc. This was a really exciting thing for our grandson, who would have loved to climb onto every footplate there.
The small indoor electric train was a great bonus, we had 3 included rides on this, and although very small and short all the children there thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The volunteer running this was very friendly, happy and helpful.
We also had two rides on the full sized steam train which runs every hour. These rides, although quite short, are included in the entrance fee and are unlimited. Staff on board were all very welcoming and informative. The ride takes you into the dock area of Preston, showing off the delightful Riversway area. Once stationary there is a short wait whilst the engine is uncoupled and runs past the coaches to take its place at the other end for the return journey, this was a delight for our grandson as he anticipated the 'shunt' on recoupling.
In between our rides we visited the small cafe where you can buy some great refreshments at very reasonable prices and served by great, friendly, obliging staff.
A visit to the workshop is also a must, although there wasn't much work going on at our visit - the volunteers taking advantage of the good weather in order to eat their lunch outside!
The visit was rounded off with a visit to the giftshop, some reasonable prices here although it is possible to buy some much more expensive items.
To summarise we had a great day out for a reasonable cost, and our grandson went back home trying to get his parents to take him on a revisit tomorrow! Highly recommended for families.
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