Jobs for the boys (and girls!)

Ben, 7, and Hannah, 4, dress as a trainer driver and a station guard at the National Railway Museum.

Ben, 7, and Hannah, 4, dress as a trainer driver and a station guard at the National Railway Museum.

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Once upon a time, every little boy wanted to be a train driver when they grew up.

These days, Premier League footballer and rock star might be the most popular replies, but there is still something about the railways which fascinates youngsters.

During the half-term holidays, the National Railway Museum at York is running Train For Th e Tracks, a chance for children to have a go at all sorts of jobs.

They can dress up as a train driver or pretend to be a guard in the shadow of the grand historic trains which can be explored at the museum.

Microphones give them the chance to be a station announcer, with a list of messages to read out about timetable information, and there is a demonstration where youngsters can learn how tracks are built.

Visitors can also dress up as a British Transport Police officer and make some colourful fingerprint sheets, while there are also activities or budding engineers and signal men.

A fun science show presents the engineering behind railways in a simple way to engage young minds, with simple experiments presented by an entertaining host.

Toddlers will enjoy the Chuggington play area, while adults can experience the sights, sounds and smells of the record-breaking Mallard in a simulator, or step on board a Japanese bullet train.

For more details visit www.nrm.org.uk