Riding the trains at Ickenham Miniature Railway - Little Hearts, Big Love

Ickenham Miniature Railway

Despite having lived in the area for more than ten years, I never knew that Ickenham Miniature Railway even existed until I read The Mummy Stylist’s account of her afternoon out there.  I used to go to the quiz night at the Coach and Horses in Ickenham with a group of friends every Tuesday night for several years and had no idea that there was an alleyway just down the side of the car park leading to a miniature railway.  Having discovered that the railway opened on the first Saturday of each month, I resolved that we would pay a visit the next time it was open.

Riding the trains at Ickenham Miniature Railway

 

It was the perfect Saturday to visit – a beautiful warm, sunny afternoon.  I’m not sure who was more excited about the trains – the girls or hubby! There were several different trains to look at – from model versions of the electric trains I remember seeing as a child, to the miniature steam engines.

Waiting outside the booking office at Ickenham Miniature Railway

There was a turntable at the end of the track so the trains could turn around; a booking office to buy the tickets from, a little café selling drinks and snacks and a station to catch the train from.  I think there must have been a birthday party going on too as there were lots of Thomas the Tank Engine balloons around and small children eating cake!

Buying our tickets for a ride on the train at Ickenham Miniature Railway

We bought our tickets from the booking office – 50p a ride for both adults and children – and had these punched at the entrance to Ickenham St Giles station before we boarded the train. Hubby took the girls on first so I could take some photos and then we swapped over.  I was quite surprised to see how far back the train tracks went – we went round a couple of times, going under a bridge and through two tunnels.

Waiting for a train to arrive at Ickenham St Giles station

Hubby takes the girls for a ride on Ickenham Miniature Railway

Afterwards we sat in the sunshine for a while watching all the different trains going around the track and just enjoying having time together as a family.  With hubby having been so busy lately, these moments have felt even more precious.  It was nice not to feel like we needed to do anything, or explore anything – we were just happy to sit in the sunshine and watch the trains go by.  Sometimes it’s the simple moments like these that are the best.

Riding the trains at Ickenham Miniature Railway with Mummy
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

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23 thoughts on “Ickenham Miniature Railway

  1. Cheryl | TimeToCraft

    Isn’t that so true. It is the simpler moments that are the best. The train looks great fun. Lovely all the details the add to the experience too. It sounds like a perfect outing. #CountryKids

    1. Louise Post author

      It was so much fun – we’ll have to try and go again some time now we’ve discovered it! 🙂

  2. Coombemill

    This looks just like our little train. they are so much fun and the idea for ours came from visiting a local miniature railway just like the one at Ickenham. I think tickets is the main thing we are missing, even though all our rides are free I think the children would quite enjoy having tickets. I shall have to think on this one. Looks like a lovely warm summers day for you and a great way to enjoy some family time. Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

    1. Louise Post author

      I always love seeing your little train in your posts – it looks like so much fun. The girls quite liked having tickets but I think they would have been equally happy without them – watching and going on the trains was the main appeal 🙂

  3. John Adams

    Funny isn’t it, when these things are right on your door step you don’t visit them? Looks like a great little;e railway. Not to sure who looks happier, you or the kids! #CountryKids

    1. Louise Post author

      I’m always happy just being out with my family – getting to discover somewhere new was the icing on the cake for me! 🙂

  4. Let kids be kids

    What a lovely trip out, nice and relaxed. Looks like I good place to visit x

  5. Emma

    That looks like so much fun and a great day out and also the prices seem really reasonable too. Sounds like there was great attention to detail like with the tickets. Did you try anything in the cafe? #countrykids

    1. Louise Post author

      Hope you enjoy it if you go – it’s always fun finding new local places especially when you had no idea they even existed 🙂

  6. tracey at Mummyshire

    I know Ickenham too, and I never knew this miniature train station existed either! Maybe it’s very well hidden!
    Lovely photos and it looks like a perfect day out – you had great weather for it
    Thanks for bringing it to my attention it’s on our list of places to visit
    #CountryKids

    1. Louise Post author

      Isn’t it funny when you think you know somewhere well and then discover something completely new! It was such a fun afternoon, would certainly recommend! 🙂

  7. Katie Taylor

    lovely to read your account of this treasure of a find. we used to live in Ickenham and went every month. we went in may and plan to go this weekend as well. just love it x

    1. Louise Post author

      We will definitely be back again – so glad we found out about it! 🙂

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