A family stranded in the Scottish Highlands have been extricated by the “Hogwarts Express” steam train.
Jon and Helen Cluett and their four young children were staying at a remote bothy in Lochaber when their canoe was cleaned apart by a swollen-headed river.
Facing a long walk back to their vehicle across boggy moor, they phoned the police for advice.
To their revel, they arranged for the steam train used in the Harry Potter movies to pick them up.
The train, announced The Jacobite, is used for outings on the West Highland Railway Line, intersecting the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct that also features in the movies.
The Cluetts and their children – aged six, eight, 10 and 12 – were enjoying a half-term smash at the Essan bothy, on the southern shore of Loch Eilt.
“You can get to it by quite an arduous walk in – or you can paddle for 10 hours in a canoe in all the regions of the loch from the road. We had a canoe so we paddled in all the regions of the loch to the bothy, ” showed Mr Cluett.
“We were all in the bothy, heated and fed – all was good – but we’d moored the ship in a bit flame behind the bothy, restrained it to a wall, attracted high out of the spray. My daughter woke up yesterday and says ‘Daddy, Daddy – the flow is massive’.
“The burn was spill. The part region was underwater. The boulders I’d held the ship to were pulled apart and the barge was gone.”
The family weighed up their options for getting back to their automobile. A three-mile walking with small children across difficult boggy field or along the nearby railway line were dismissed as impractical or too dangerous.
“In the end I chose the only option was to phone the police and mountain relief, ask if they have any neighbourhood learning that could help us out, ” said Mr Cluett.
The police is coming with a supernatural solution. They arranged for the next train on the railway line that runs close to the bothy to make an unscheduled stop.
“The amazing thing was it wasn’t precisely any learn. The next train that was passing was the Jacobite steam train – the Harry Potter, Hogwarts Express steam train that goes up and down that line.”
The family hurriedly packed up their belongings and impelled their path to the line, about 400 metres lane.
“We propelled all our stuff into some purses and containers and ran out of the door of the bothy at the same time as the instruct is coming around the lines, ‘ said Mr Cluett.
“The train is getting closer, we’re running down, stuff jump everywhere, large-scale smiles on the girls faces. It all proceed to fun at that point.
“I’m slightly sad because I’d lost my ship – but the children, when they examined the steam train coming, all sadness left their little faces and was replaced by feeling and fun – just the real joyfulnes of having an adventure and having the train stop right next to them.”
The family were slipped off at the next stop, at Lochailort, from where Mr Cluett was able to hitch a elevate to retrieve his automobile.
He showed: “The children are really had an adventure. We’ve all had an adventure – a big thanks to everyone who helped us.”
His only regret is that his canoe have not yet done so to turned up – although he remains hopeful person will find it.
“I think it will still be bobbing around in the loch somewhere. A large-scale red-faced canoe – so if you see it, that would be helpful. That would impel the last part of the tale even better.”