When a family found themselves stranded in Scotland, the one and only Hogwarts Express steam train came to their rescue. Are they lucky, or what? Read their amazing story.
How the family became stranded
After a fun day of canoeing Jon Cluett, his wife and four children between the ages of 6 and 12, spent the night in a lakeside hut on Loch Eilt. The next morning they were in for a big surprise. Their canoe was gone. It was swept away by an unexpected flash flood overnight. This was bad news, because in order to get back to their car, the family faced a several miles long walk over boggy ground. So, Cluett decided to call the police and ask for help.
Hogwarts Express steam train comes to the rescue
The police alerted the coast guard, because the entire area was reportedly underwater. He then got back with Cluett to tell him the good news.
“The policeman said, ‘We’ve arranged for the next train passing to stop for you, and you’re not going to believe this but it’s the Hogwarts Express steam train. Your kids are going to love it,’’” Cluett said.
And sure enough, the train that took Harry Potter to school made an unscheduled stop to pick up the lucky family. Well, not exactly the same train. Warner Bros. is currently in possession of the actual locomotive that was used in the movies, but it is owned by the same company. Hogwarts Express steam train is a Jacobite steam train, this one runs on a remote and scenic route through the Scottish Highlands. Recommended reading The real Disney’s Halloweentown comes to life
Cluett said his children are all Harry Potter fans, and they were “really excited” by the adventure. “They know the Harry Potter films and they know that are filmed in the Highlands,” he said. “But they hadn’t put all of that together in their heads until they saw the train.”
The Cluett family received a truly magical rescue. Now, if only someone could find the canoe and return it to the family for a happy ending. Jon Cluett is the pastor of a church in Stirling, central Scotland. He says, “It’s got to turn up at some point. The thing is 16-foot-long, red and floats,”
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