Train Day staged at Longridge Heritage Centre

Half term train fun at The Old Station and Heritage Centre in Longridge. Pictured are sisters Laila Holden, aged 5 and Phoebe Holden, aged 7.
Half term train fun at The Old Station and Heritage Centre in Longridge. Pictured are sisters Laila Holden, aged 5 and Phoebe Holden, aged 7.

Escape the rain and go by train!

That’s what youngsters enjoying the half-term ‘Train Day’ at Longridge Heritage Centre did as more locomotives than have been seen there for a long time chuffed their way around the Old Station.

Half term train fun at The Old Station and Heritage Centre in Longridge.  Pictured is Jack Blackwell, aged 5.

Half term train fun at The Old Station and Heritage Centre in Longridge. Pictured is Jack Blackwell, aged 5.

Wooden, battery operated, electric models – even Thomas the Tank Engine – were played with by families, parents, grandparents and several holiday visitors.

And the volunteer ‘stationmasters,’ as well as setting up a colouring activity, lucky dip and a toy stall, also organised the Noah’s Ark train event based on the locally historic move of a whole farm from Longridge to Wiltshire in 1936.

Everyone helped to make a frieze of the move when 11 trucks of livestock and 13 of farm implements belonging to Kate Hollas went from her Hacking Hobbs Farm in Grimsargh to her new premises of Parsonage Farm in Highworth, Wiltshire.

She had already sold the family home of Red Scar House to Courtaulds, but her Noah’s Ark journey was done in reverse just three years later in 1939 when she returned north to farm at Hothersall Hall.

Half term train fun at The Old Station and Heritage Centre in Longridge

Half term train fun at The Old Station and Heritage Centre in Longridge

Her story is told again in the half term frieze which is now on display at the Heritage Centre.

Complimenting it is the Centre’s current exhibition on the Preston and Longridge Railway, then through March the focus is on Lancashire Easter customs and events, April will see a display to celebrate the Queen’s 
90th birthday and then one on authors with connections to Lancashire.