Brad Pitt has described his family as being like “a military mobile unit” when they’re on the road.
Tuesday they proved it by boarding a privately hired train to take them and the World War Z crew from London to Glasgow, where Pitt, 47, is filming next.
“Three cars suddenly drove onto the platform from the street, pulled up alongside the train and then they all got out,” an onlooker tells PEOPLE. “Brad was in one car with some of the kids and Angelina was in another with the others. They were all smiling and looked really happy, but then I suppose it’s not every day that a kid gets to have their own train to play with!”
Adds the onlooker: “They had a huge entourage of about 20-30 people with them.”
The Virgin charter is a bespoke service regular used by English soccer clubs that allows clients to personalize the catering and station facilities. As with most English trains this one includes a shop, toilets and a counter serving hot food and drinks. But there is one thing missing: sleeping compartments.
“The price also depends on how far they are going, and the number of carriages they want, as some people want eight carriages and others nine – it all depends on the client,” a Virgin spokesperson says.
The sleek, silver-and-red Virgin train that had been specifically chartered for the Jolie-Pitts and estimated 350 associates and crew pulled into Glasgow Central Station at 2:30 p.m. And there were about 100 fans gathered to try to catch a glimpse of the famous family.
Welcome to Scotland
With the Scottish highlands now on their doorstep, Jolie, 36, can finally take a break from the hectic bout of sightseeing that has seen her and 10-year-old Maddox, Pax, 7, Zahara, 6½, Shiloh, 5, Knox and Vivienne, 3, visit a host of London toy stores and theaters in Surrey, where the family have been based during Brad’s filming.
For the next few weeks, the World War Z team will take over the main square of Glasgow (just a few blocks from the train station), which has been converted to look like the American city of Philadelphia to a convincing degree.
By Phil Boucher and Helen I Hwang