Prior to having children, I never gave trains, or public transport for that matter, a moment’s thought. Except perhaps for the irritatingly regular grumble that my commute was delayed by a late-running service, or that we were all crammed in like cattle. Fast forward nearly 4 years, and I am amused by just how much trains have become a big part of our lives, all because of one small boy with a BIG passion.

Living where we live in South-East London, there aren’t many tubes, just very regular overground services to access other parts of The Big Smoke. As a result, we travel on them several times a week to visit attractions, parks and friends, and both Freddie and Sasha are travel pros. The look on Freddie’s face when we pass a station, or even better, that a station is a junction, and therefore has many platforms, buffers and the like, really is one to behold. It lights up like candles on a cake, and never fails to make me smile!

Freddie’s interest in trains began from the moment he could crawl confidently and push a train, or other vehicle, around the floor. This progressed to absolutely loving a simple wooden figure-of-eight train track we bought him for Christmas aged 22 months. A lucky purchase from a charity shop of an enormous bag of wooden track and accessories followed, and the boy was totally hooked! We have expanded this collection over the last couple of years, and it’s one of the few toys that I don’t actually mind adding to, it gets played with so much.

Due to Freddie’s obsession, trains really have become our new ‘normal’. If you’d have asked me 4 years ago if I would know nearly every train line in South London and all their stations and stops, would spent ages watching You Tube videos of trains on the Ipad and construct train tracks that would make a professional engineer proud, I would have laughed. And then laughed some more.

This is truly ones of the pleasures of having children- you will never know until they arrive what they will love, what their interests will be, what brings their little hearts so much joy on a daily basis, no matter how much you try and imagine, and that makes parenthood all the more exciting.

I have a new-found respect for my own Mum, who spent HOURS of her weekends standing in wet, muddy fields watching me ride in competitions, because it was my passion. It sure as hell wasn’t hers, but she was so supportive.

So despite not quite having the same desire for trains as my son, it’s definitely now a little part of everyday life that we share. My brain has certainly made way for trivial facts about trains, more than likely at the expense of other grey matter and other things that probably aren’t as important as thoughts about trains.

Love in our family is standing on a bridge at Beckenham Junction train station, and spending half an hour just waiting and watching the fast train to Ramsgate speed on by, or see the local-service to Victoria slowly pull in.

But you know what? I wouldn’t change it for the world. 🙂

Linking up with Mummy, Daddy, Me and The Ordinary Moments



  1. Carie
    October 26, 2014 / 7:55 am

    Well full credit to Freddie for an obsession that can be enjoyed from the warm and dry!! It’s funny how our mundane can be so fascinating to little ones isn’t it!

  2. mummydaddyme
    October 26, 2014 / 3:35 pm

    Aw bless him, so sweet, and there could be worse passions! So now you will all just have to be a family of trainspotters. It’s so sweet what gets them excited isn’t it? I love to see the happy smiles on my girls faces over the most ordinary of things. x

  3. lifeatthelittlewood
    October 26, 2014 / 7:00 pm

    Aww, wee Freddie! I really do think that boys become more fixated on things. Noah was the same about jigsaws and Lego when he was little. Now it’s Minecraft – be thankful that you’re not at that stage!! 🙂 Such a sweet post lovely Becky! Xx

  4. Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk)
    October 27, 2014 / 9:50 am

    I love how children is really passionate with things that capture their attention. My son is so into traffic signs and CCTV cams that ask me about where they are and I can tell you each and one of them! #TheOrdinaryMoments

  5. Joanna @mumbalance
    October 27, 2014 / 8:49 pm

    It’s wonderful that your little man has such a great passion. Trains are somehow so reassuringly old-fashioned. They seem a much better hobby than collecting these little plastic monster things (Little F is too small for that so I don’t know the names of any of them, yet!)
    Lovely idea for a post. Great picture too.

  6. November 6, 2014 / 9:03 pm

    my son is one for fadish obsessions, for a while he was obsessed with motorbikes (currently it is lego) and I knew all sorts of random things about motorbikes, makes etc. It is funny what motherhood does to you. The reason I stopped by was because I recognised the view from that bridge, I grew up in South East London, I still use Beckenham Junction when I come South. As a child I loved Bromley South, mostly because I couldn’t understand where the high street went once you were on the platform!

    • Becky
      November 6, 2014 / 9:13 pm

      Haha, totally with you on the high street disappearing! Definitely a small world- I’ve actually come across a few bloggers now who live in my neck of the woods. I know loads about car makes and models too now, because Freddie is going through a phase of wanting to know everything about cars- I have a plethora of useless car facts if ever you want any! 😉

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