Hogwarts Express rescues stranded family

Image copyright Jon Cluett
Image caption The Harry Potter train produced an unscheduled stop close to the bothy

A family stranded in the Scottish Highlands have been rescued by the “Hogwarts Express” steam train.

Jon and Helen Cluett and their particular four young children were staying at a web-based bothy in Lochaber when their particular canoe was swept away with a swollen river.

Dealing with a long walk back to their vehicle across boggy land, they called the police for advice.

To their delight, they organized for the steam train used in the particular Harry Potter films to pick all of them up.

The particular train, called The Jacobite, is used designed for excursions on the West Highland Train Line, crossing the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct that also features within the movies.

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Picture caption The Jacobite passes across the Glenfinnan Viaduct, made popular by the Harry Potter films

The Cluetts and their children – aged 6, eight, 10 and 12 : were enjoying a half-term crack at the Essan bothy, on the southern shore of Loch Eilt.

“You can get into it by quite an arduous walk within – or you can paddle for a couple of minutes in a canoe across the loch from your road. We had a canoe and we paddled across the loch to the bothy, ” explained Mr Cluett.

“We were all within the bothy, warm and fed — all was good – yet we’d moored the boat in the little burn behind the bothy, tied it to a wall, taken high out of the water. My child woke up yesterday and states ‘Daddy, Daddy – the flow is massive’.

“The burn was overflowing. The entire region was underwater. The rocks I had created tied the boat to had been pulled apart and the boat had been gone. ”

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Image caption The bothy, in the distance, is easily accessible simply by canoe but less so on feet

Your family weighed up their options for returning to their car. A three-mile stroll with small children across difficult boggy ground or along the nearby train line were discounted as not practical or too dangerous.

“In the end I made the decision the only option was to mobile phone the police and mountain rescue, inquire if they have any local knowledge that could assist us out, ” said Mister Cluett.

The police returned with a magical solution. They organized for the next train on the train line that runs close to the bothy to make an unscheduled stop.

‘Big smiles’

“The amazing thing had been it wasn’t just any teach. The next train that was passing was your Jacobite steam train – the particular Harry Potter, Hogwarts Express vapor train that goes up and straight down that line. ”

The family hurriedly packed up their particular belongings and made their method to the line, about 400 metres method.

“We put all our stuff into several bags and boxes and sold out of the door of the bothy simultaneously as the train is coming throughout the tracks, ‘ said Mr Cluett.

“The train gets closer, we’re running down, things bouncing everywhere, big smiles for the kids faces. It all started to be enjoyable at that point.

“I’m slightly sad because I’d dropped my boat – but the children, when they saw the steam teach coming, all sadness left their particular little faces and was changed by excitement and fun — just the real joy of having an journey and having the train stop correct next to them. ”

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Image caption The adventure turned out more magical compared to anyone expected

The family were dropped away from at the next stop, at Lochailort, from where Mr Cluett could hitch a lift to retrieve their car.

He or she reflected: “The kids have definitely had an adventure. We’ve all recently had an adventure – a big thanks to everybody who helped us. ”

His only regret is the fact that his canoe has still not really turned up – although he continues to be hopeful someone will find it.

“I think it can still be bobbing around in the grube somewhere. A big red canoe : so if you see it, that would be helpful. That will make the last part of the story better yet. ”

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