Let’s go and see the Harry Potter steam train. No need to check the timetable, we all know when the steam train is coming through
Families gathered in train stations across the west and central belt yesterday evening as the Harry Potter train steamed its way through Scotland.www.glasgowtimes.co.uk
If you listen carefully to the embedded video clip and understand the west coast dialect you will hear someone singing the praises of the emperor.
Brought my childhood horror of steam trains back
Daddy took me as a small boy, with my sisters and mum to see the Flying Scotsman as it passed Dalgety Bay. We went to stand next to the railway line at Donibristle ( just to the east of the current station) every viewing spot was taken. My dad took mum and my sisters and I , followed by another couple of families to a bridge over the railway line. My dad was such a hero to us kids and my mum for getting us the viewpoint.
We saw the train approach. It was exciting.
The train went under the bridge, we were encased in steam and coal smoke. I couldn’t see and could barely breathe for a moment or two till the steam and smoke cleared.
We looked like steamed rats, if they had then been covered in smuts, soot and grot.
My sisters were crying, my mum looked cross but worst of all was the laughter from the crowd.
We got back in the car and drove home in silence, apart from my sisters crying obviously.
I think my mum was very cross.
My dad was still a hero to me, because he kept quiet that it was actually my idea we stand on the bridge.