As part of their studies, Year 3 children at Merlin Top Primary Academy in Keighley are reading ‘The Railway Children’ and watching the film and, to help bring their studies to life, 50 children and staff spent a day on the Railway in November.
On a cold and frosty morning the children were transported by Diesel Rail Bus at Oxenhope to Ingrow for a visit to the Vintage Carriages Trust museum, stopping at Oakworth en route so that the children could see where the film had been made. After an enjoyable time in the museum it was back on the Rail Bus to Keighley and return to Oxenhope for lunch. The children ate their packed lunch in the Buffet and then visited the Exhibition Shed where they had photographs with the Railway Children cut outs.
The children have written to the Railway to say how much they enjoyed their day and the staff commented that it was one of the best school trips they have done. For some children the highlight was the ride on the rail bus, for others the carriages in the Ingrow museum, for others going on the footplate of Lord Mayor or visiting the Exhibition Shed and for some, simply having their lunch in Oxenhope Buffet.
If you know a school that would like to organise an educational visit like this one, or just arrange a school outing and ride on the Railway, contact the railway by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone: 01535 640464 (09:00-17:30, 7 days a week) or fax 01535 647317