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Virgin Trains Rookies Academy coming to Penrith and Carlisle

Get hands-on experience in the station, on the platform and onboard

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 11 stations across the West Coast route over the school break.

This February, 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

Mark Green, Virgin Trains Station Manager, said: “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!”

Tickets are available here from Friday 8th February:

*Activities available will vary by station


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