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Red Ted hits the Rails

Updated: Jul 27, 2022





What’s better to do on a quiet Sunday morning than pop along to the Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre, on the outskirts of the village of Ruddington, and meet up with a few chums.


With this in mind TLC Bear Red Ted teamed up with his good friend Marvin Bear who quickly introduced him to Joe Hoy the owner of one of the miniature trains [Class 35 Hymek D7018 for the enthusiasts] which runs on a track around the Heritage Centre.










The train carries families who love to take the scenic ride, especially the children who like nothing more than screaming their heads off in the dark tunnel!


Red Ted modestly demonstrated his skills by adjusting a signal and Joe, suitably impressed, offered Ted the chance to take his train for a ‘spin’ around the track.


Ted readily accepted and proceeded to demonstrate his consummate skills.


Afterwards Ted repaid Joe’s kindness by doing a spell in the ticket office and delighting the children – something he and his fellow TLC bears excel at!


Ted then wandered over to the Model Railway Track where he bumped into his mate Thomas and they enjoyed a run while catching up on old times.





Finally, to the vintage bus depot and a chance to take the wheel of a Bristol coach formally part of the Midland General fleet – fares please!







The Heritage Centre is a great facility and is open to the public at weekends, it even has a classic car gathering once a month and special events on the full-size track, especially at Christmas on the ‘Santa’ run. So, if you are in the area pop along and join in the fun. Most of the exhibits are free, donations welcome, and the miniature train ride is only 50p. So, like Red Ted, support this worthy venture and the enthusiasts who are keeping our heritage alive.


Teddies for Loving Care is funded by donations, if you would like to support this wonderful charity that helps children in hospitals you can send a donation to: TLC Nottingham, Sort Code 60 80 09, Act No 61138541.





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