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At just $2.50 a ride, a price that has only risen 50 cents in the last decade, it's incredibly cheap for the enjoyment these little trains bring monthly to hundreds of children. Their little squeals of delight and smiles that go for miles, make it a very enjoyable experience for parents and grandparents to watch.
Fun for all ages
Adults can also ride with children aged under 5 for free, so they too get to experience the thrill of the bumpy, twisting, turning, smoky ride.
One tip to remember, all riders must wear enclosed shoes. Any sight of toes and you wont be able to ride.
We nearly had a very upset little one year old. After lining up for 20 minutes and with our train in sight, we were told that because she had no shoes on, she couldn't ride. However, after seeing the look of disappointment on our faces, and a very well timed sweet smile from my daughter, the ticket collector decided that technically, as she had stockings on, he couldn't see toes and we were cleared for boarding.
You could choose which track you ride on by the different features they offer; such as one goes under-ground through a tunnel; or by which train your child wants to ride, unsurprisingly Thomas look-alike seems to be the most popular; or you could try to find the track that has the shortest queue. However, on a busy day it's likely you will have at least a 15 minute wait on any track.
During a recent visit, having travelled 24 km- my family had a 50 second trip around the outer track whilst groups having functions and club members mucking around for their own enjoyment had the rest of the complex closed off. Be aware that public days are not really for the public.