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    Posted September 26, 2014 by
    Montgomery, Alabama
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    The romance of trains

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    Hogwarts bound!


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Andy Clinton and his wife took a steam engine train ride in Fort William, Scotland, while traveling in June 2011. "We were on that train mostly to satisfy our 'Harry Potter’ fantasies,” he said. "It had a classic 'chug-chug' feeling to it, and if you stuck your head out the window you could feel little flecks of coal and soot hitting you. I think what impressed me most was trip route itself, a winding route up through the craggy green mountains of northern Scotland."
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    While traveling in Scotland, my wife and I had the opportunity to ride the fantastic Jacobite steam train from Mallaig to Fort William. This steam engine is basically the real-deal Hogwarts Express, run by the same company that provided the engines for the Harry Potter films, traveling over the same northern Scottish route seen in the first two Potter films. We smuggled aboard the Chocolate Frogs we'd purchased in Orlando, brought our wands, and completely geeked out. Plus we got to enjoy one of the most beautiful and scenic train routes in the world. And we didn't even have to run through a brick wall to board it!
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