Stay Safe With Network Rail & Thomas and Friends

Bonjour lecteurs! Like any other parent, the safety of Baba is my priorité! And as you already know, we are often on a train! Baba is a bit obsessed with them 😊So making sure he knows how to be secure when we use this transport, c’est important! Stay Safe with Network Rail & Thomas and Friends! It is now with the fameux train bleu…

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Our Life On A Train

We regularly commute to London on the train.

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So Baba is very aware that he needs to stay behind the yellow line.

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At a young age, I would usually keep him in the pushchair so that he was more protected.

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Baba is also aware that he needs to hold my hand and he is really excited when it is time to go: ‘Attention Au Départ!’

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And because we live in the country, we have also come across many crossing levels. And let me tell you that it is quite exciting for the Frenchie toddler when it happens!

So I think we are pretty trained on the matter.

Being Safe On The Railway 

But a recent Mumsnet survey suggests that 3 in 10 parents have never discussed rail safety with their children!

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I get it, not everyone regularly travels on the train. And it is common to start teaching them road safety. Crossing a road or making sure they walk on the pavement is probably one of the first things we explain.

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But because I have always been on the move with Baba on trains, I think I actually taught him first about staying safe on the rails.

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Even if you don’t live near the railway, rail safety matters!  

Thomas And Friends To the Rescue

94% of parents discuss road safety whereas only half of the parents talk to their child about rail safety

The thing is, you might not know where to start! Well, Network Rail has the solution!

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It has the best ally in town! Thomas and Friends are here to help you get the conversation going! So put on your best train driver cap and embark into a sweet adventure with the cute train bleu!

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And when you know this is the first time a Thomas and Friend book has covered a rail safety theme, ne résistez pas!

Attention au départ!Get practising your best choo choo move parents! 🚂

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Download The Book!

Download the PDF version now for free on the Network Railway website 😉

It is a super sweet story with Thomas on an exciting adventure around railway tracks, stations and level crossings.

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Everything is covered and together, you can learn while enjoying the benefits of reading.

And as always, Thomas is a bit cheeky (it reminds me of someone 😆)

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He learns that staying safe is much more important than going fast or being silly!

  • he must watch for children standing too close to the tracks
  • the Fat Controller also reminds Thomas that people must always close gates behind them
  • a level crossing can be dangerous, so don’t go if it is red!
  • you even have a mini quiz at the end of the booklet

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It is really sweet and if your little ones are also amazed by trains, use it as a bedtime story. That way, safety is at the back of their mind the next time they will be on the train!

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Stay Safe With Network Rail & Thomas

And if you want the conversation to go further or engage your children in something fun, you can also use or follow #ThomasSafety on social media to share your impressions of the book

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And find out more information about rail safety.

Are you ready to have fun with Thomas? Stay Safe with Network Rail & Thomas and Friends!

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I gotta go peeps! We are off to another Kent adventure and we better catch our next train ASAP!

See you soon on the rails with my own little train driver 😉

 

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written in collaboration with Network Rail.

 

 

72 Comments

  1. lynn neal
    June 15, 2020 / 6:54 pm

    Well done for teaching Baba so much about staying safe!

    • Janine Beeston
      June 24, 2020 / 9:14 pm

      Absolutely couldnt agree more

  2. Margaret Gallagher
    June 15, 2020 / 10:55 pm

    Thats a great way to teach -stay safe and have fun

  3. ashleigh allan
    June 16, 2020 / 9:49 am

    So important to stay safe and thomas has great appeal!

  4. Sandra Fortune
    June 16, 2020 / 2:30 pm

    Rail safety is good to teach them from being little. My dad was a train driver so I learned from being very young. Love the photos

  5. Gemma Hendry
    June 16, 2020 / 6:54 pm

    My daughter has just got into thomas lately

  6. Natalie Burgess
    June 18, 2020 / 2:56 pm

    Such a lovely way to teach about keeping safe xx

  7. Ruth Harwood
    June 20, 2020 / 6:00 am

    A very important part of a parent’s job, making sure your kids are able to stay safe xx

  8. angela Treadway
    June 20, 2020 / 4:44 pm

    you have done well teaching baba about safety, i always used to be quite anxious taking my little ones by train and always used to make sure i held their hand so they didn’t wander near the edge of the platforms! used to worry me so much! x

  9. Michelle Stokes
    June 20, 2020 / 7:54 pm

    It’s good to teach rail safety at a young age – I wonder how the children are going to feel now with everyone having to wear face coverings?

  10. MARIA ROGERS
    June 22, 2020 / 12:08 pm

    so important to teach kids this, great idea!

  11. Susan Smith
    June 22, 2020 / 6:47 pm

    Very important for children to stay safe on the railway, it only takes a minute

  12. Jeanette Leighton
    June 22, 2020 / 7:16 pm

    My little boy Charlie 3 loves trains too he loves watching YouTube videos of trains ! 🙂

  13. judy kennedy
    June 22, 2020 / 10:50 pm

    We haven’t take the train for some time now, but a good reminder of train safety

  14. Sally Collingwood
    June 23, 2020 / 9:02 am

    We love going on the train

  15. Jo Bryan
    June 23, 2020 / 9:06 am

    It is a great idea if you travel regularly on the train.

  16. Lyndsey cooksey
    June 23, 2020 / 9:59 am

    What a lovely day out and a fantastic way to learn your little boy! Great photos 🙂

  17. Dion Petrie
    June 23, 2020 / 5:13 pm

    We taught my niece about train safety but I still get paranoid! Especially with the gap

  18. Jean Vaughan
    June 23, 2020 / 5:49 pm

    A fabulous blog and the photographs are delightful. Every child grows up knowing Thomas and all his friends, my two granddaughters included, and with travelling from Cambridge to London frequently they have been taught rail safety from toddlers but this book would really reinforce it.

  19. Tara Barker
    June 23, 2020 / 6:00 pm

    We love going on the train and safety is very important. Great idea.

  20. June 23, 2020 / 6:10 pm

    Train rides are so much fun for the whole family x

  21. Michelle Harvey
    June 23, 2020 / 6:37 pm

    Teaching our children early about safety around any type of vehicle is so important

  22. Peter Watson
    June 23, 2020 / 6:55 pm

    Train is the safest way for sure and good for children to learn.

  23. Julie Foster
    June 23, 2020 / 7:32 pm

    I Think the Book is a Fantastic Way To help keep children Safe on our Railways , What a Clever Person whoever thought of this , you see so many young children playing on tracks unaware of the Live Rails Or If an Express train is Coming, It Makes me Cringe 😬 My Parents taught me Young Thankfully But I Will Pass this on to my Children for my Granddaughters to know too . Thank you 😊.

  24. Julia Kerr
    June 23, 2020 / 8:26 pm

    This is fantastic, I’ll be sharing with all of the parents I know

  25. fiona waterworth
    June 23, 2020 / 8:55 pm

    Its definately a good thing to teach them young, it seems to stay with them longer

  26. Jazz Tattersall
    June 23, 2020 / 9:06 pm

    Might have to print this of for my siblings

  27. Fiona jk42
    June 23, 2020 / 11:00 pm

    This is such an important topic. I will send the link for the Thomas book to my daughter so she can read it to my granddaughter.

  28. Kelly Wheelhouse
    June 24, 2020 / 8:19 am

    I love this! It’s such a great way to help kids understand the importance of rail safety 🙂

  29. Tracy Nixon
    June 24, 2020 / 9:04 am

    That is a great way to teach stay safe and have fun!

  30. Hannah Austin
    June 24, 2020 / 9:25 am

    My dad used to work on the Watercress line so I grew up around the railway and Thomas – great idea to teach about safety!

  31. Priscilla Stubbs
    June 24, 2020 / 9:42 am

    It is such a magical trip to go on a train and stay safe, the book sounds interesting

  32. Brigitte Gorez
    June 24, 2020 / 9:54 am

    And for the Underground, there is Underground Ernie.

  33. Julie F
    June 24, 2020 / 1:16 pm

    Stay Safe,

  34. Miss n l Browne
    June 24, 2020 / 6:24 pm

    This is so incredibly helpful thank you for sharing!

    • Kelly Smith
      June 26, 2020 / 9:29 pm

      Very important for kids to stay safe, we teach my niece how to have fun but stay safe, thanksm

  35. Louise Baker
    June 24, 2020 / 6:31 pm

    So important to make sure kids understand safety around railways and what a fun way to do it!.

  36. A.E. ADKINS
    June 24, 2020 / 6:46 pm

    Looks a great day out, with all that Thomas rail safety thrown in

  37. Hayley
    June 24, 2020 / 8:19 pm

    <3

  38. sandy lynn ralph
    June 24, 2020 / 9:08 pm

    oh what a fabulous day out

  39. Sylvia Dixon
    June 24, 2020 / 9:22 pm

    Great advice, thank you.

  40. Susan Willshee
    June 24, 2020 / 9:24 pm

    We are lucky that we don’t need to travel much on trains, however we have taken Daisy and Leo on a local train so we have talked through the safety aspects of staying behind the line, minding the gap, etc. They loved it because it was someothing really different for them.

  41. Sheena Batey
    June 24, 2020 / 10:45 pm

    I remember the Tufty Club when I was a child. It’s great to utilize children’s love of Thomas to keep them safe

  42. Kerry Horsburgh
    June 24, 2020 / 10:46 pm

    Luckily we don’t live near tracks but rail safety was an issue when I was a child. My friends were always trying to run across tracks when the crossing signals started and climbing on the gates! I know my boy would listen if it’s Thomas and friends.

  43. Carly Belsey
    June 25, 2020 / 12:43 pm

    How cute. We discussed rail safety with our children as we cross a railway bridge to get to school so it was a case of having too and we do use the train too in the summer mainly.

  44. Jeanette Leighton
    June 25, 2020 / 1:15 pm

    Looks like a fantastic day out, my boy Charlie loves Thomas and trains so of it was closer it would be ideal

  45. Christine Shelley
    June 25, 2020 / 3:07 pm

    Very commendable , so important to keep kids safe

  46. Samantha O'D
    June 25, 2020 / 3:08 pm

    Great post, my kids love Thomas

  47. Annabel Greaves
    June 25, 2020 / 6:05 pm

    Really important information for travelling with a family

  48. Andrew Petrie
    June 25, 2020 / 6:16 pm

    Thomas is a great idea . My daughter adored him and we actually took her on a day out with him 23 years ago !!

  49. Anthea Holloway
    June 26, 2020 / 6:04 am

    This is lovely! It is so important to tach children road and rail safety and Thomas the Tank Engine stories do help!

  50. Steph fraser
    June 26, 2020 / 7:00 am

    100% agree with teaching safety at a young age 👍🥰

  51. Loretta McDonald
    June 26, 2020 / 8:08 am

    Beautiful place..☘

  52. Jo Dawkins
    June 26, 2020 / 10:04 am

    Lovely! We love going on the train. My eldest has Autism and its one of his fave things to do. Can I just say I love your outfit as well!

  53. Phil B
    June 26, 2020 / 10:16 am

    Good idea for teaching train safety, also largely applicable to tram safety as well

  54. Rachel Arnup
    June 26, 2020 / 11:07 am

    What good advice, thanks.

  55. DENISE WILDEN
    June 26, 2020 / 9:34 pm

    My grandson loves Thomas its good to learn about train safety when they are young

  56. Loretta McDonald
    June 27, 2020 / 5:03 am

    Wonderful advice..

  57. Loretta McDonald
    June 27, 2020 / 5:58 am

    I would love to live near this, great journey’s to be had…

  58. June 27, 2020 / 10:33 am

    Gosh, yes, safety is paramount. Railway stations are busy places and full of potential dangers – for adults, not just children. Everyone needs their wits around them when they’re travelling and on the move.

  59. Mustofa habib afnan prehatin
    June 27, 2020 / 11:53 pm

    great this

  60. Kerry Kilmister
    June 28, 2020 / 12:27 am

    Safety is absolutely paramount. It looks like you had a wonderful day out.

  61. Charlotte isobelle
    June 28, 2020 / 8:05 am

    What a lovely idea. I also think there’s many adults who don’t adhere to the rules them selves making it harder for little ones to understand why it is wrong.

  62. June 28, 2020 / 9:20 am

    Your blog set me wondering and do you know, I really can’t remember the last time I went on a train. It is so many years ago. Luckily. I live well away from London so aren’t reliant on trains as so many commuters are. But I think since learning how to drive, I have just preferred driving myself to places. A car can be so wonderfully liberating; you arrive and leave at times of your choosing and you are as free as a bird to go wherever you want to.

  63. Sharon H
    June 28, 2020 / 7:32 pm

    Such an important subject and it’s definitely not given the attention it deserves. Love the Thomas book a great, fun way to teach our toddlers.

  64. Emma Walton
    June 29, 2020 / 8:28 am

    It doesn’t matter if it’s your first time travelling with a child or your 50th time, it’s just as important to go over safety aspects and make sure they know that trains and stations can be dangerous places without scaring them!

  65. Tracy Gladman
    June 29, 2020 / 4:58 pm

    Looks like a fab day.

  66. Alice Gilkes
    July 1, 2020 / 7:08 am

    Great post.

  67. Elinor Fisher
    July 1, 2020 / 10:34 am

    What a brilliant idea to use Thomas & Friends to teach children about train safety! We use the train infrequently but my son was so familiar with trains and stations from attending Thomas & Friends days at local stations that he was well aware of what and what not to do when we first used an Intercity train!

  68. Julia Husband
    July 1, 2020 / 11:06 am

    Such a great idea – it’s so important to teach railway safety! My little boy loves trains and Thomas also. Choo Choo!

  69. Charlotte Easton
    July 2, 2020 / 1:59 pm

    I remember railway safety when I was a child. Haven’t really seen or heard much as an adult. This looks great – fun, informative and containing the nitty-gritty information in a palatable format. Your photos brought back memories of trains and stations with my late father. He was train mad, and we went everywhere by rail!

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