Henry absorbing the DRS delights at the Kingmoor loco depot in Carlisle.
I was quite excited to bring back some memories of visiting a rail depot like Steam Town as my parents used to take me around the grounds to look at a great variety of rail stock when I was a little lad.
Sat in the back of a seat belt-less, dark red Triumph Acclaim packed with boiled eggs, chicken butties and 'Salt n Shake' crisps making our way along the A6 as my dad was not much of a motorway fan, "Nowt to gander at!"
Okay, I understand the loco rail depot at Kingmoor is leagues apart from the humble days of Carnforth but in principle it was the same for me.
It was my turn to pop the family in the car, charged with cartons, pop and sausage rolls and travel to a rail related event.
LOCO37 had a stall proudly placed with other membership types displaying their cause or wares.
No shortage of loco's to gander at. According to Aaron Roscoe on the Preston Area Railway Group Facebook page the following locomotives were on display.
During the day two class 66 loco's were named 'Carlisle Eden Mind' (428) and 'Endeavour' (302).
Some of the loco's were started up and horns ablaze to capture everyone's attention and really got the adrenalin going.
Loco's in the shed were plentiful with one 'up on the ramp' suspended awaiting a wheel change. Other's from a class 37 to 68 had cab view access and talks.
One of the coaching stock once used on the Cumbrian run was turned in to an art studio with drawing competitions.
57301 was excellently displayed at an angle above head view. This gave you a superb view under the locomotive and coupling gear.
57 007 was positioned in the train wash looking cleaner than usual, probably due to the repeated displays taking place that day.
From the face painting to getting hugs from the DRS characters all of my boys had a marvelous time. The DRS staff are a credit to the rail industry.
It was great to see many families pottering about with Dads introducing the large impressive loco's to their children, speaking fondly as if they knew all about them.
No doubt this was not only a marvel of an event for enthusiasts to 'take numbers' and photographs but an impressive view for the younger mini enthusiasts who one day may be driving one of the loco's themselves.
I'll look forward to returning to one of these events again soon, as the expressions on my boy's faces (especially Henry's) was worth the £10 fee* all day long!
*£5 per adult - kids went FREE! DRS Open day link.