The first thing we looked at was the indoor model railway layout.
No Chris, it won't fit in our bedroom!
There were so many things to see, we didn't have time to fit it all in. But we did get a ride on one of the vintage trains. This carriage was 3rd class, but quite comfortable.
Back to the future?
This is the Wedding Belle train, which can be booked, but we couldn't get on it. Anyway, there were more interesting things to do.
Wedding Belles are ringing.
The second train we took a ride on was the Ashover Light Railway. It was quite noisy, but very exciting. It took us through some amazing woodland which we were told was home to foxes, rabbits, Little Owls, and Buzzards could quite often be seen flying overhead. Sadly we didn't see any of these, just a couple walking their dogs and a man on a bicycle.
Filling up with water for the return journey
Chatting to the driver after the ride.
Checking the wheels
To the woods!
These photos were taken inside the exhibition hall, which was full of engines and carriages in various states of disrepair.
Thank goodness for all the seats!
Another familiar name.
Half way through our visit we went to one of the cafeterias. Chris and I had poached egg on toast, Jonathan had a cheese and tuna toasted sandwich with salad and crisp and Rachel had the same, minus the tuna. We all had a huge mug of coffee.
Later on, before leaving, we popped into the second buffet room where we had buttered scones with jam and a mug of tea. It was a really interesting trip, but we were quite tired when we reached home.
As well as the vintage train weekends, there are Diesel and steam weekends, Teddy Bears weekends, 1940s weekend, 1960s weekend, and several other events. To find out more visit:
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