Fun in the sun at Wester Pickston Railway

miniature railway methven

The last Sunday in May was one of the 4 open days at Wester Pickston Railway, near Methven in Perthshire. This miniature railway is run by The Scottish Model Engineering Trust and I blogged about our visit their last year here.

This year the weather was gloriously hot and we spent the afternoon there with friends, enjoying the trains and good company.

The open days start at 11.30am (last rides at 4) and you can follow the directions on their website here.  It is in the middle of the countryside and you may start to think you’ve taken a wrong turning on the road out from Methven, but keep going until you see the signs beside the road, pointing you down the track to the car park.

miniature railway Methven

miniature railway Methven

It’s only £1.50 per person a ride or 4 tickets for £5. So we bought 4 tickets each, that way we had a chance to ride on several different trains.  The first train we could ride was a diesel, so we hopped on and went for a ride around the tracks, which only takes 5 minutes, but is a lovely ride through woodland, over bridges and passed waving onlookers.

miniature railway Methven

miniature railway Methven


We also had a chance to go on a couple of steam trains, which have fantastically loud whistles and trail clouds of steam and smoke above your head.  Even though it was quite a warm day, we never had to wait more than a few minutes for a train, not because it wasn’t busy, but because there were a good number of trains running around the tracks.

miniature railway Methven

Most of the trains have a long seat, which you straddle.  However, our friends were lucky enough to go in their very own truck style seating area, which they had all to themselves for their very first ride on the railway.

miniature railway Methven

There is also a lovely picnic area beside the tracks where you can eat your packed lunch whilst watching the trains and passengers whizz by.  You can also buy a few snacks (biscuits or crisps) and drinks in the little indoor cafe area, but there isn’t much so we recommend bringing food with you.

miniature railway Methven

Behind the ticket office there is a little model railway where 2 or 3 trains were running up and down, entertaining many children and adults.

miniature railway Methven

On the opposite side of the car park were two steam lorries, one unfortunately wasn’t working, but we queued for a ride on the other one (which was free).  It takes you across the level crossing and through a narrow road in the woodlands.  It’s quite a squash and could just take the two boys and me, although we saw 4 young children in without adults and they fit much better into the trailers space!

After a final ride on the trains and the last of our money spent on the tickets, we went for a walk with our friends into the woods, jumping off the road whenever the steam lorry drove past.  There is a small playhouse in the woods that they all played in for a little while, before we headed back to the car park with 4 tired children.

miniature railway Methven

We all had a fantastic day and would highly recommend this to anyone in the area.  The next dates are 31st July and 4th September 2016.

Do your children enjoy miniature train rides?

J x


  1. June 8, 2016 / 8:36 am

    What a gorgeous little railway, and such a stunning setting – I love the bridge! What a wonderful way for model train enthusiasts to share their hobby, we’d love to visit, and I think the price sounds very reasonable too 🙂

  2. June 8, 2016 / 5:27 pm

    My kids love a miniature train ride. That’s a great price and the trains look in great condition. It’s always good to know when it’s a good idea to bring a picnic too. #WhatevertheWeather

  3. June 8, 2016 / 5:27 pm

    This looks like a lovely destination, certainly one that my toddler boy would absolutely adore. Very reasonable price too. Potty Adventures. #whatevertheweather

  4. June 8, 2016 / 7:57 pm

    What a great place to visit. I know my girls would love it there

  5. June 9, 2016 / 6:44 pm

    We’ve yet to try out something like this but it does look like you all had fun despite being squished at times. #whatevertheweather

  6. June 9, 2016 / 7:28 pm

    It sounds like a great day for children and one the adults can enjoy too. We’d have been riding those trains ALL DAY. The small lorry ride is a nice touch too, even if it was a squeeze, once they’re older they can hop aboard themselves can’t they. Definitely a day out we’d enjoy x thanks for hosting lovely!

  7. June 9, 2016 / 10:31 pm

    Oh how lovely. We go to something similar locally that my uncle helps to run, such a fab day out. We were in Perthshire last week too, I didn’t realise that was where you were!

  8. June 10, 2016 / 9:49 pm

    We love trains in our house, this looks like a brilliant day out. I think that we have a model railway near us too that opens sporadically. I’ll have to check it out and go, thanks for the inspiration! #whatevertheweather

  9. June 11, 2016 / 10:49 am

    I love how little things are there! I am sure this is built for me haha as I am small. Kidding aside this place is so cute and looks so much fun to visit! #whatevertheweather

  10. June 20, 2016 / 11:53 am

    What a great place to take the little ones! I remember being fascinated by trains as a little girl. We lived near the train tracks and it was always exciting to hear the whistles blow.

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