What was supposed to be a relaxing family vacation soon turned into a nightmare for the Cluett family. Jon Cluett, his wife Helen, and their four children ranging in age from 6 to 12 were staying in a lakeside hut in the Scottish highlands. When their canoe was lost in a storm, the family was faced with the terrible realization that they were going to have to travel over rugged and marshy ground for several miles to reach civilization.
Cluett made a call into the police station in hopes that they could be rescued at some point on their journey. Cluett shared that, “The policeman said, ‘We’ve arranged for the next train passing to stop for you, and you’re not going to believe this but it’s the Hogwarts Express steam train. Your kids are going to love it.”’
They were told that the train, called the Jacobite, runs on a remote route that was fortunately nearby to the Cluett family. In fact, that same route was used to film some of the scenes in the Harry Potter movies that involved the Hogwarts Express.
All-in-all, it was the most incredible rescue for the kids, as they were all huge Harry Potter fans. Their dad, however, was slightly upset over the loss of his canoe, but still had to admit it was a great way to end the trip.
“I’m slightly sad because I’d lost my boat. But the kids, when they saw the steam train coming, all sadness left their little faces and was replaced by excitement and fun — just the real joy of having an adventure and having the train stop right next to them,” Cluett said.