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All aboard! ‘The Rookies’ are rolling into stations this holiday

Virgin Trains has launched its half-term ‘Rookies Academy’, giving train fans aged 5-11 the chance to go behind the scenes of the railway.

Keeping the children busy during the school holidays can be hard work, and a blow to the bank balance to boot. This half term, Virgin Trains has just the ticket for parents searching for inspiration; ‘Rookies Academy’ is a brand-new series of free activity days taking place at 13 stations across the West Coast route over the school break.

This October, ditch the duck pond, turn off the tablet and give your little locomotive lovers the chance to see how the railway really works. ‘Rookies Academy’ activity days will offer children aged 5 to 11 a range of exciting experiences*, including the chance to:

  • Make a station announcement
  • Learn how to dispatch trains from the platform
  • Meet a train driver for a tour of the driver’s cab onboard a Virgin Train

Gary Campbell, Station Manager at Virgin Trains says: “We know children love trains, and we see so much enthusiasm for the railway from children travelling through our station. Every day we are asked lots of questions by young train fans who tell us how much they would like to work on the railway when they grow up, so we are excited to be offering our ‘Rookies’ some hands-on, real-life experience at stations along our West Coast route this half term. Make sure you pre-book your ticket to guarantee your place, as we unfortunately aren’t able to let ‘Rookies’ in without one!”

Book your place on our website from 15th October

‘The Rookies Academy’ Activity Days Schedule

Station Date(s) Total places available
Liverpool Lime Street 23rd October 12
Preston 23rd October, 25th October 16
Coventry 24th October, 25th October 20
Carlisle 24th October, 25th October 20
Lancaster 24th October 8
Runcorn 24th October 12
Macclesfield 29th October, 30th October 20
Stoke 29th October, 30th October 20
Crewe 31st October, 1st November 20
Penrith North Lakes 24th October, 25th October 20
Stafford 30th October 12
Birmingham International 31st October, 1st November, 2nd November 12
Stockport 23rd October 6


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