They’re two, they’re four, they’re six, they’re eight,
Shunting trucks and hauling freights.
Red and green and brown and blue…..
All the trains we loved and knew.
We travelled to Colchester in our little car.
The journey from Kent easy and not that far.
Sir Topham Hatt greeted us on platform one,
Handing us our rail passport to begin the fun.
The events of the day echoing out loud,
Drawing in a huge delighted crowd.
White swirling steam approached in the air,
Rolling into the wind as we all stood with a stare.
Thomas the tank, the reason we was all here,
Steaming down the platform where he was met with a cheer.
The number 1 train at Chappel and Wakes Colne station,
Collecting his passengers without hesitation.
The carriages full of giggling girls and boys,
About to ride one of their favourite toys.
Each character train chugs down the track,
Before turning around and heading back.
Along the line it’s a beautiful scene.
Farmland and forestry all emerald green.
The magical journey’s are roughly seven minutes long,
Unlimited rides on each kept us rolling along.
Rusty and Dusty arrived to narrate the day,
Sweeping the platforms whilst having a play.
The station cleaners also performed a beautiful story,
Putting Thomas and his friends in full steaming glory.
At midday we boarded our carriage with Santa and his elves.
A train full of happy children giggling to themselves.
Santa walked along the carriages speaking to every child,
Listening intently as they all cutely smiled.
For the rest of our day we bowled around,
Jumping out of our skin at the diesel train sound.
We visited the Goods Shed which took us back in time,
Victorian memorabilia and a clock with a chime.
Vintage signs, scales and a few old suitcases;
An old sack barrow that’s seen a few places.
In the restoration shed we went behind the scenes,
Seeing the fabulous engineering on the graceful machines.
The nitty and gritty of how the volunteers work,
Plus some beautiful carriages awaiting their quirk.
Beyond the sheds were the most delightful trains;
Tanks and carts and their divine remains.
Attractive colours with a historic appeal,
Moss and rust adding to the charm of the steel.
When I visit again the only thing I’d say,
I’ll be taking a picnic to make it a full day. (The museum did however own its small cafe for non fussy eaters like myself).
East Anglian Railway Museum I highly recommend,
My family absolutely loved it from beginning to end.
I’ll be visiting again soon without a doubt,
A reasonably priced, fun, family day out!
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