Monday, July 9, 2012

Riding On A Steam Train



Yesterday, the four of us took a little day trip we had been talking about doing for a while now - a ride on the Hotham Valley Tourist Railway.  We drove down to Dwellingup (it took us roughly an hour to get there) and then hopped on the morning train at ten thirty. I've always wanted to ride on a steam train - I think the appeal has something to do with reading all those Harry Potter books and picturing the antics aboard the Hogwarts Express.  Lucky for me, our little journey didn't disappoint.  It was one of my favourite outings we've done together as a family.




I must admit, I was a bit apprehensive about how the girls would go being 'stuck' in a carriage for a length of time.  However, with the novelty of riding on a train along with a sandwich and some snacks I'd packed into a lunch box for her, Grace was happily occupied and didn't ask once when the ride was going to end or if we could go home. Similarly, Sophie couldn't have been better behaved.  She didn't grizzle or whinge once, was happy sitting on our laps looking at all the other passengers and together with some food to nibble on and a breastfeed on the return journey, she was more than happy.




For me, the highlight of the ride was the return leg - the girls spent the majority of the time gazing out the window at the forest, waving to people waiting in their cars at the train crossings, pointing out creek beds and streams and looking out for animals in the paddocks we passed.  

Do your family have Sunday outings?  Do you have a family favourite?

12 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous day out, my boys would have loved it! The little one adores his Thomas trains and the big one has just read the first Harry Potter so it would be a perfect outing for them! I must see if we have something similar in Sydney. xx

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    1. Your boys would adore something like this Emma. A few years back, I remember reading that amidst all the Harry Potter mania, this steam train had a 'Hogwarts' special where passengers could dress up in character and it was themed like the books. Must have been such fun!

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  2. We did something similar last year in the Blue Mountains, the Zig Zag Railway is a beautiful ride & Thomas the Tank pulled the carriages! Our boys loved it, as did we. There was just this 'feel' to a steam train ride! I just love family days out x

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  3. Look at Sophie looking out the window, she looks like she's having a wonderful time. It sounds like a lovely outing for all of you to do together. It must have been quite exciting for the girls being on a train and all of the noises that it makes along the way. We did a trip on a train when we were down in Tasmania in Strahan, stopping along the way. It's a great way to see the countryside. xx

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  4. Your's is such a gorgeous space for celebrating family, Amanda. Thanks for sharing this lovely outing - my eldest loves train rides too xo

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    1. What a sweet comment Paula, thank you x

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  5. What a fun family outing! I've never gotten to ride on a train but I'd love to some day.

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  6. Looks like you picked a good day for it! Glad you enjoyed the trip, it's a lovely drive down there too. My weekend was spent at home with a cold and sore throat! And today too. I'm hoping it doesn't get any worse, I am feeling a little bit better and the sore throat is gone thankfully.

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  7. Thsi looks like a lot of fun and what a relief that the girls were so happy! I wish they'd bring back passenger trains in Tasmania, thought the only strong memory I have of being on one was when I was a toddler with my mum and younger sister. My sister was really sick and a stranger looked after me whilst mum fixed up Rachael. Ah, good memories :)

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  8. Hi Amanda...I've always wanted todo the hotham valley train ride too....I'm glad you guys had a good time and it looks like the girls were mesmerized by all that was going on around them...we love to have Sunday outings as well usually quite a distance from home....exploring is good for the soul I believe...take care xo

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  9. what a lovely sunday outing. :) i love doing things as a family. we love to go to hyde park and take a walk and grab a take-away coffee and soak up some of perth's beautiful sunshine. (it's either that or housework!)

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  10. looks like a great afternoon. reminds me we must use a voucher we have for a steam train ride!

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