Having driven past this site earlier in the week we made sure we visited before we left the local area. Admission for two adults was £9.00 each and debit / credit cards are accepted in the gift shop. For food on the buffet car though make sure that you do carry some cash.
On site there is a huge model railway which was tended to all day. We watched the young man very diligently care for the trains and the carriages fixing the items that weren't running. It was hypnotic.Also on site is a great little miniature railway which adults and children can ride upon. It goes through little tunnels and the people running it were just lovely and thoroughly enjoyed their work. There is also a garden model railway which was just wonderful to watch and I found myself thinking about how cool it would be to have this in my garden too.
For food we went to the buffet car and I would recommend sending one of your party to a table whilst the other queues if you go at lunch time as it does get busy. We had toasties, chips and several desserts and one thing is for certain- You are not short changed. The sizes of the dishes were more than adequate and were of a good quality. Just one note, the afternoon teas come with two enormous home made scones. My advice would be to buy one, buy another hot drink and to share the scones as there was too much for one person alone.
The big steam and diesel trains operate frequently along the track and are operated by enthusiasts by hand and they have a real live working signal box in action which you can watch them working on.
We spent a good four hours there watching the trains, riding the trains and trying to sort the post in the old Royal Mail carriage and we had a superb day. The staff were all very friendly and knowledgeable and were very welcoming. Throughly enjoyed ourselves.
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