Journey back in time on this nostalgic railway which is operated by steam locomotives through the beautiful Cornish countryside.
General Station, Bodmin, Cornwall PL31 1AG
Tel: 01208 73555
Gardens and Open Spaces, Historical Sites, Outdoor Activities, Trips and Transport
Ages 5 - 12, All ages, Schools and Groups, Teenagers, Under 5s
(based on family of 4)
Have a fun family day out and one that the children will thoroughly enjoy and remember!
Discover the excitement and nostalgia of steam travel, with a journey back in time.
You can even take your pet dog along for the ride! Dogs are welcome on the standard, day-time service trains.
Look out for great special event days throughout the year.
As we were going to Cornwall for a long weekend, we thought it might be nice to take a ride on the Bodmin steam train on one of the days. Given we had a 10 month old baby girl, we were slightly dubious as to whether it would be the right kind of thing to take her on. However from start to finish she seemed to love the experience, as did we. When we got our tickets at the station, the man behind the desk gave us a little souvenir ticket for Amelia, which she promptly ate, but it was a cute moment. She seemed excited and intrigued by all the noise at the station and was very interested in the steam locomotive that pulled the train along (you can see the open fire through the door). The conductors were also really good and kept coming up to the widow before we pulled out of the station and pulled funny faces at her. The journey was short but sweet. We went from Bodmin General to Boscarne Junction and back. The whole thing took about 45 minutes and was quick enough to ensure none of us got bored and Amelia didn't get upset. The one downfall was the fact that there was no buffet cart on board that day. I guess with it being a Sunday they didn’t have enough staff to man it, but it would have been nice to enjoy a cuppa on the journey. I know they also do dining and afternoon tea experiences which would have been nice but not with a baby. I would definitely recommend for those of you who fancy a walk (and perhaps with older kids) that you get off the train at Boscarne Junction and have a walk or do the camel trail. Both looked really nice but we felt it was a faff getting the pram on and off the train. Oh and on that note, there is a place to leave the pram on the train which is both safe and allows step free access. I would definitely recommend this trip for families and kids of all ages. It was really fun to see and hear all the smells of the steam train and the surrounding countryside is beautiful. Quick point to note: there is no parking at Bodmin General so park in the pay and display down at the bottom of the hill and walk up (not too far but quite a steep climb with a pram). There is disabled parking at the station though. There is also baby changing at the station and a café.
3:01 PM July 19, 2018