Staff at the National Railway Museum have been busy preparing for next week’s half-term activities.

The team worked on fine-tuning the bespoke railway track building equipment which demonstrates how railway infrastructure is designed.

From tomorrow and all next week, visitors will be able to get an insight into working within the rail industry.

Activities include trying out station announcements, getting on to the footplate of a cab or, for under sixes, playing in the Chuggington area as well as building a track out of sleepers and chairs and then testing it out.

British Transport Police staff will also be on site from Monday to Friday with a range of fun activities to show how their job reduces incidents on railway crossings.

The Lancashire and Yorkshire signalling school will also be open on selected days and younger visitors can try their hand at signalling on the museum’s central signal box.

Sergeant Snowdon said: “Officers will be at the event throughout the week with some great interactive activities for children and young people to get involved with. Not only is this event about the children having fun and learning about the police work that we do, but it is also about promoting the railway safety message.”