The Llangollen Railway runs through the Dee Valley in Wales and a trip aboard one of their 1950’s carriages, being hauled by a classic steam engine is like taking a step back in time.
The railway is the only standard gauge railway in North Wales and it is arguably one of the most picturesque journeys I have been on.
As it is boxing day, we decided to get out of our cabin for a bit and booked a Mince Pie Special trip on a steam train.
We arrived at the quaint LLangollen station and found a carriage with an empty table near the front. The carriages are as they were years ago and the seats were surprisingly comfortable.
The whistle blew and off we chugged through the Welsh countryside, spotting sheep, the river and our cabin as we went.
About 20 minutes into our journey, a nice lady brought round mince pies and drinks. The children had a choice of apple or orange juice cartons and the children’s snack option was a chocolate lolly, although my kids were offered and opted for mince pies instead.
The adult drinks were mini bottles of Baileys.
We stopped at Carrog station, with its old fashioned posters, milk pails and little ticket office, complete with open fire. The train stopped here for around half an hour and everyone was allowed to get off to stretch their legs and watch the engine chug to the other end of the train.
The whistle blew to board and off we chugged back through the valley, to where we started. What a lovely little adventure we had.
Taking a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder on the Mince Pie Special train?
If your child loves trains then this would be a great adventure!
The whole experience took an hour and forty minutes.
Snacks and drinks were provided.
There were no toilets on the train but there was a toilet at Carrog station.
The train is louder through the one tunnel.
There is still time to go on a Mince Pie Special trip with Llangollen Railway as they are running until 29th December. If you don’t make it though, there are many events running throughout the year and the railway is open much of the year.
Llangollen Railway can be contacted on 01978860979 and it is possible to book your tickets online.
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