Old-fashioned fun for boarders

A group of Packwood boarders spent a fantastic afternoon exploring the transport of yesteryear at the Telford Steam Railway on Sunday.

Their visit began with a ride aboard the Phoenix Miniature Railway. The children sat astride the model carriages pulled by miniature locomotives and enjoyed a short trip around the track.

The main attraction was the full-scale steam locomotive ‘Rocket’, originally built in 1926 and still going strong after refurbishment by the volunteers who run Telford Steam Railway. Rocket pulled the carriage that transported the children from the platform at Spring Village on a 20-minute journey to Horsehay, with a stop at Lawley en route.

In The Railway House at Horsehay is a huge model railway with multiple tracks and authentic props to make it look as realistic as possible. The children were fascinated by the extensive model and astonished by the care and attention to detail that had obviously gone into its construction.

After watching the model trains for a while, it was time for the return trip to Spring Village – and as an extra treat on the way back to school, they stopped off in Shrewsbury’s Quarry Park for a visit to the playground and an ice cream. All agreed this made a perfect end to an excellent trip.