Ickenham Miniature Railway is a bit of a hidden gem. We only discovered it existed a couple of years ago. It’s been a while since we last visited so we decided to go along to their last public running date for this year and take Thomas on his first train ride.
Tickets cost 80p each for a ride on the train. We bought our tickets from the ticket office and then had them clipped before boarding the train at Ickenham St Giles station.
The station has three platforms – two departure platforms and one arrival platform. The train journey takes in two circuits of the main line, travelling through two tunnels and under a bridge before returning to the station. Once the passengers are off the train, it then turns around on the turntable at the end of the station, before returning to one of the departure platforms for the next passengers.
There were two steam engines taking passengers around the track while we were there. Sophie was quite fascinated by the steam coming out of the train. Hubby explained to her that the steam was what powered the train. After we’d had our ride around the circuit, the driver showed Sophie the little fire in the engine which heated the water and turned it to steam.
The tunnels were Sophie’s favourite parts of the train ride. There are two tunnels along the circuit – one long one and one short one.
Thomas seemed quite happy looking out at it all from the sling too. He’s generally happy being snuggled next to Mummy though!
Visiting Ickenham Miniature Railway – what you need to know:
Where to find it:
The entrance is next to the Coach and Horses pub car park in Ickenham (postcode for the pub is UB10 8LJ). The pub car park is pay and display. There is also on-street parking nearby and another pay and display car park next to Ickenham library.
Ickenham Miniature Railway is open to the public on the first Saturday of the month from April until December. Opening times are 12:00 – 17:30 Apr-Oct and 12:00 – dusk Nov-Dec.
For more information click here.