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NRM offers chance to drive locomotive
9:59am Wednesday 6th March 2013 in News
Noel Hartley with the recently overhauled diesel engine 09017, which budding train drivers can drive at the National Railway Museum this weekend
IT’S said to be every schoolboy’s dream – and this weekend a top York visitor attraction will make it a reality.
The National Railway Museum is staging a weekend event to remember, when visitors with a driving desire for diesel-electric shunters can not only experience passenger rides behind four of the hard-working stars of the diesel collection in the museum's South Yard, but can pay £15 to drive their favourite diesel locomotive.
Rail fans can also enjoy cab access free of charge, and the footplates will be manned by volunteers who can explain what it is like to drive a shunter and how a diesel-electric engine works.
Once the passenger rides have finished for the day, those with an eye for photography can make the most of a free Shunter Sunset photography event, when all three shunter stars can be photographed in the Museum's South Yard – weather permitting.
Noel Hartley, the museum’s rail events co-ordinator, said: “The shunters in our collection are the unsung heroes of the railways, so it’s only fitting that they get their well-deserved turn in the limelight.”