Easter Sunday at Bredgar and Wormshill Light Railway

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Easter Sunday was a misty, rainy, damp day and the drive up to Bredgar and Wormshill Light Railway in Kent was like a scene out of Jurassic Park. Up a hill, mist rolling around the distant tree tops, drizzly … then past fields of long grass. However, not a single raptor did I spot so we found the railway and parked up in the designated field.

It’s only open on a few Sundays in the year – a private 2 foot gauge line on an estate that is definitely a big boy toy for enthusiasts. They built some stations, signal box, engine shed, workshop and a turntable to pootle down the line to a wood and back again.

Alas, no discounts this time – £10 for adults and £4 for our nephew. Not cheap really. The location is pleasant enough, with a toilet block, gift shop and cafe which told us the special was hot buttered toast for that day. Wow, I did manage to contain my excitement … and also my ‘here we go again’ face when someone in the cafe came to ask me how long did my batteries last.  I wondered how long his legs lasted on one charge but refrained from the intrusion of asking.

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Anyway, first up James headed towards the engine shed. The main signpost goes to the stepped entrance. Eventually I walked back to the field we had just come from to the (not signposted) level back entrance. By the time I went in James was ready to come out!

They had a beam engine, traction engines and a model railway display, play table with trains and some automobiles.

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Next up we went on the train – just down the line and back again. I could get on via a ramp to the middle of the carriage but not inside the totally covered bit.

The bluebells in the woods were nice, and if it had been a nice day, there was plenty of picnic benches in the wood.

By the end of the day, the weather was really closing in and I sheltered whilst James had his last train ride.

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All the facilities were pretty good – clean and they had an accessible toilet (although it’s not mentioned on their website – Kevin phoned to ask as they don’t mention access at all).

So that was Easter Sunday 2014.

 

 

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