Big fun with little trains at The National Railway Museum, York

17 Feb
A great family day out

A great family day out

Once again, we were really excited to be invited as VIPs to The National Railway Museum in York to their half term event “Big fun with little trains”. Until the 24th of February, you can play to your hearts content with toy trains of all different shapes and sizes as well as all the usual attractions at the museum.

We had a fabulous day out yesterday. We were at the museum for opening at 10am, which meant that we missed the worst of the traffic arriving into York city centre on a Saturday morning and had a lovely quiet start in the museum.

G-Whizz Garden Railway

G-Whizz Garden Railway

As we entered the Great Hall we came accross the G-Whizz model railway which fascinated my 4 year old and really enjoyed watching the little trains drive around. We then had a ride on the miniature railway which was being run by Leeds Society of Model and Experimental Engineers.

The gigantic Chinese train in the Great Hall

The gigantic Chinese train in the Great Hall

The engines in the Great Hall are absolutely huge! And because you can walk between them and get really close, you really get an idea of how awesome they all are. My daughter, Evie, is now nearly four, and this time she was really interested in everything; more so than ever before as we’ve been coming here since she was really small. She can ask questions at the best of times and the huge exhibits here gave her the chance to ask and learn and her interest was really spurred on.

My own little Wilson

My own little Wilson

As the Chuggington corner opened at 10.30 we were there! There was piles of Tomy Chuggington Die-Cast trains along with tracks to make the biggest railway you could. In this area, you can see Brewster, Wilson and Koko in their sheds and even dress up as one of them.

Fun watching big sis playing with the Tomy Chuggington Die-Cast Trains

Fun watching big sis playing with the Tomy Chuggington Die-Cast Trains

As we moved through to the Station Hall we found lots more to entertain us. We had to have our obligatory tour of the royal carriages as these fascinate Evie and we have to look in at them and be amazed that there are baths on board them!

The pedal trains in action

The pedal trains in action

We had fun on the pedal trains, building lego trains to run down a ramp and looking at the meccano models. For older children, there was also stacks of meccano to build, but that was a bit beyond us at the moment. A miniature train was also running in the south yard and we all had a ride on that too. This was run by the York City & District Society of Model Engineers.

Whilst we were in the south yard, we also had a ride in a carriage pulled by Teddy, the steam engine, which was also great fun, especially in the sunny weather that we had.

Exhibits in the south yard and playing with Lego

Exhibits in the south yard and playing with Lego

Great family fun

Great family fun

Steam train ride in the south yard

Steam train ride in the south yard

Fun with trains

Fun with trains

This event runs from the 16th to the 24th of February 2013. Entry to the museum is free, but a small donation is asked for to help maintain the exhibits. Some of the special activities have a small charge attached to them. To find out more visit the NRM webite here.

We were invited to review the NRM  and experience all activities for free, but the words and opinions are my own.

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