As the members arrived at the Station, they were welcomed on board by the friendly staff who had put out ramps into the train to accommodate those with mobility problems. Although we didn’t need it, they also provide a wheelchair for visitors.
As the train set off, the group were invited into the main cab of the train and were shown how it worked. This was very popular with everyone, with one member commenting: “I loved seeing how it all worked, it was fascinating. I think it has converted a good few of us to trains, including us women. We were as interested as the men!”
The train offered a spectacular view of Bo’ness beach and the Forth opening out to the sea. The coaches themselves were large and comfy, if a little cold! But as everyone said — it’s an old train, pre central heating and nobody minded too much.
The trip lasted for over an hour and the group were also shown the Steam Train’s Reminiscence boxes whilst on the train, which was appreciated by everyone. After their ride on the train, the group spent some time watching another, smaller steam train cuffing up and down and looking spectacular in the Spring sunshine. Prices include concession rates and were very affordable , ranging from Â£2, to a concession at Â£8 and a family ticket (2 adults, 3 children) for Â£25 (at the time of the visit). Very reasonable for such a lot to see and do.
Of course, this was followed by the mandatory trip to a cafÃ© – the Station Buffet. This cafe, attached to the Steam Railway is spacious and friendly and staff served up a piping hot cuppa for everyone on arrival off the train, to warm them up- they even set up another heater next to our group. The cafÃ© serves simple homemade lunches at reasonable prices and everyone, to a man, agreed that the homemade soup was outstanding: “A delicious bowl of right good home made soup. I think we all really enjoyed it. Warmed us up a treat!”
Overall, we all thought this trip to the railway was exceptional value for money and a really fabulous day out and would suit any age group at all. As our wonderful bus driver Gordon said: “This is great, I never knew all this was here. I’m coming back with my grandson to see the Thomas the Tank Engine Steam train! I love it!”