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Saturday, February 16, 2008 

Darren's 11th Birthday.

Friday was Darren's Birthday so I booked a day off work and we all went to Ebbw Vale for a meal via the new rail link.

We arrived a bit early at the station in Risca which is within walking distance of our house, it was bitterly cold so we had to wait around for about 10mins or so.

When the train finally arrived we all got on and was surprised by the heat in the carriage which was very, very welcome. We were all excited as it was our first time on this newly re-opened track. Another thing that surprised me was the low fare of the journey. There were six of us altogether and it only cost £8.40 for a return from Risca to Ebbw Vale (£2.40 Adult / £1.20 Child / Under 6 yr olds go free) - this is a service that we will definately be taking advantage of.

The journey lasted about 30mins and it was quite interesting to see all the different towns from that position/view point. Cwmcarn/Abercarn/Westend especially so because we was on the other side of the river.

When we arrived at Ebbw Vale we walked to Brewers Fayre - Victoria Park? for a meal. The kids went off to play in the soft play area to let off some steam while waiting for the food to arrive.

After we all enjoyed our food and desserts (and my 4 pints!) we were ready to catch the train back home again where Darren could play with his R4DS that he had for his birthday.

Day out: 10/10 - we all had a great time.