This Muggle family was miserable over becoming stranded in the Scottish Highlands – until they found out who would be rescuing them.
Jon and Helen Cluett, along with their four children, had taken a little weekend vacation earlier this week when they arranged to stay at a small cottage in Lochaber.
In order to get to the cottage from their car, the family decided to avoid the 3-mile walk and take a 10-minute canoe ride up the river instead.
Upon reaching the cozy cabin, the Cluett’s tied their canoe to some rocks and spent the night. When they woke up, however, they found that the river had flooded, and their canoe was nowhere in sight.
Jon and Helen decided that walking back to the car with all of their luggage would be too arduous – even dangerous. So, the couple called the local police and asked for help.
Instead of arranging for a mountain rescue, however, law enforcement officials arranged for a nearby train to make an unscheduled stop and pick up the family.
But this wasn’t just any ol’ train – it was the “Hogwarts Express” train from the Harry Potter films.
The Hogwarts Express, also known as The Jacobite, is used for giving railway tours across the Scottish Highlands. Since it happened to be passing through the area when Jon called the police, the train made a quick stop about 400 yards from the Cluett’s cabin.
“The train is getting closer, we’re running down, stuff bouncing everywhere, big smiles on the kids’ faces. It all started to be fun at that point,” Jon told the BBC.
“I’m slightly sad because I’d lost my boat – but the kids, when they saw the steam train coming, all sadness left their little faces and was replaced by excitement and fun – just the real joy of having an adventure and having the train stop right next to them.”
The family was then dropped off at a stop closer to their car – and though the magical adventure had ended, the kids say it was an experience that they won’t soon forget.
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