The Canny Teen was obsessed with Thomas the Tank Engine as a tot. We made many a trip to the Railway Museum in York and visited various stations around the North East to put a smile on his chubby little face. Of course, he’s not so interested at 15 years old, so the baton has been handed over to little Dinky. While she’s not as crazy about trains as she is about Peppa, she’s transfixed when watching the show – Ringo narrating, naturally.
The Tyneside Society of Model & Experimental Engineers meet in Exhibition Park behind Wylam Brewery and run locomotives around purpose built tracks with working signals. A public running happens on the first Sunday of the month (weather permitting), means fans like Dinky also get an opportunity to ride on the trains.
Donations are gladly welcomed and Dinky was allowed to ride round a number of times. The volunteers were lovely and friendly with all of the children. She’d just woken up from a nap so wasn’t as engaged as she’s normally be, disappointingly. That said, she seemed to perk up on the last circuit we did. She didn’t want to sit on her own so I gave her a cuddle.
I have included two videos for a flavour of what to expect should you be interested in taking your little ones along. One will work better on mobile and vice versa. I’ll have to get better at this uploading lark in the future! The TSMEE Facebook page has some lovely photos of the steam engines and more information about the group, which has been running since 1944. You can also pop to Wylam Brewery afterwards for a canny Sunday lunch.
Thanks for reading,