We’ve wanted to get Henry a train table for a few months. He is train crazy and we’d like to give him a better space to set up his tracks and tunnels than the living room coffee table. In an effort to support the local economy we also wanted to try and buy it on island.
Unfortunately, none of the three toy stores in our town had train tables or could order us one. We even ventured by bus one weekend to the fancy mall Tynwald Mills to check the place out and see if the toy store there had them. Nope.
A little more digging and a phone call revealed that there was a display train table on the island at less than half price because some train track had been glued to the table top. The catch was that it was in Port Erin. A £30+ one way cab ride away.
Sometimes not having a car is a giant pain in the ass. I can readily admit that.
And sometimes not having a car makes you creative.
I decided to turn the train table trip into an adventure by train (of course).
We left home on foot with Henry in the Ergo carrier on my back. It’s about a 30 minute walk from our place to the steam train station.
Not winning a style award today but getting a good workout.
Excited to board the train for his first choo choo trip of the season.
An hour through rolling green hills, saying hello to sheep and horses …
…and we arrived. We then marched across the street to the toy store and bought…
… our new, to us, train table. That fit perfectly in the train carriage. Note: I asked the station attendant in Douglas if it would be okay to bring it back on the train. They were fine with it because it’s still low season and the trains aren’t very full.
One last inspection of the train.
Time for a quick test drive before the train departed.
And then we were off.
More green hills and a view of the sea.
A sleepy boy on my shoulder for the last half of the ride.
And then we were back in Douglas with our train table.
We grabbed a cab (£6/$10) to haul our find home and that was the end of the adventure.
Sure, it’s not always easy being a car-less family. But we try and make it fun. We try to make the journey part memorable.