STEAMPUNK shenanigans are on the agenda as a popular venue hosts a special Father’s Day event.

The East Anglian Railway Museum is preparing for its next major event this weekend.

The museum is coming off a successful bank holiday transport extravaganza, which saw hundreds of visitors visit the site.

A spokesman said: “Hundreds of visitors thronged the site with queues for the Platform Two café snaking out of the door and down the platform.

“The special days represent an important part of the museum’s life and purpose.

“Not only do they attract people who come and enjoy the fun, they attract railway enthusiasts from far and wide and they perhaps spark a life-long interest in young people exposed to railway heritage for the first time.

“To see so many people of all ages enjoying the day is a very satisfying outcome for the volunteers.”

The museum carried on its programme during half term with another well-attended Diesel Day.

Now, the next major event is on Father’s Day on Sunday, June 18, and to mark the occasion the museum has something special on offer.

One of the museum’s full-sized steam engines will be in steam, hauling the vintage freight train.

Also in operation will be the Miniature Railway.

However, the Pump Trolley will not be available.

There will also be unlimited rides on offer.

The museum will be open, as well as the working restoration shed, the Victorian goods shed, period waiting rooms and signal box, heritage centre and train-themed children’s playground.

There are food outlets and visitors will also find plenty of space to have their own picnic.

For Father’s Day, the museum welcomes the Essextraordinary League of Gentlemen who are organising a spectacular Steampunk Fair.

Amongst the attractions will be a steampunk market selling gadgets, gizmos and general paraphernalia.

A spokesman said: “It is a great opportunity for dads, grandads and indeed all the family, to enjoy a fun-filled day.

“As an extra attraction for this event you can Drive a Diesel for £15 – pre-booking for this is essential as numbers are limited.”

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