High on the list of many children’s dream experiences will be to drive a steam train.
And for twenty 12 to 16-year-olds on Saturday, that is exactly what they did, aboard Norfolk’s last working steam engine, the Wissington.
The children were treated to an educational day at the Mid Suffolk Light Railway at Wetheringsett, bringing the sights, sounds, skills and excitement from the golden age of steam to a new audience.
Held on Saturday, they were not just expected to do drive the train, under supervision, but also do the less glamorous jobs, such as preparing the engine for a day’s work, preparing carriages, opening the office and clearing and cleaning up afterwards.
John Durrant, locomotive manager at Mid Suffolk Light Railway, who helped organise the day, said: “The children loved it.
“They experienced something out of the ordinary. Hopefully it will enthuse them to get involved with industrial heritage in the future.”
Some of the youngsters, from the North Norfolk Railway’s Junior Club, also filmed the event for the BBC’s Voices project, which explores language, accents and dialects from around the country.