I know I’ve mentioned it lots before, but without meeting him in person, it is really hard to grasp just how much Arlo loves trains. All vehicles, really. But trains especially.
Never doubt Arlo’s Thomas the Tank Engine knowledge. If he tells you something about a specific train, it will be fact. Give it twenty years and I’m convinced that we will be seeing Arlo on Mastermind with Thomas as his specialist subject. He knows all the trains. All the colours. All the numbers. His current favourite is Hank, or as Arlo has nicknamed him, ‘First Hank Western’.
He watches train documentaries meant for adults. He watches 20 minute long YouTube videos of a rare steam train chugging slowly down the track. (Boooring!) He LOVES it when Sam’s commute is disrupted by train problems and is brimming with inquisitive questions when he arrives home. If Sam really wants to get in Arlo’s good books, he videos his train journey and sends it to me via Whatsapp for Arlo to guess which part of the line it is.
The boy loves trains.
At around two and a half, Arlo became really interested in spotting the different train services. He can easily identify all the services in South London, and his face was an absolute picture when he discovered a whole new service, the DLR, over the summer.
For a three year old Arlo, the most exciting part of a day out is the travelling part. So, on our recent trip to the transport museum, I made a little film so that I can always remember my boy’s absolute favourite thing when he was small.