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All Aboard! ‘The Rookies’ are rolling into stations this summer

Penrith Station

Virgin Trains has just the ticket for parents searching for inspiration to keep their children busy this summer – the exclusive ‘Rookies Academy’ – a series of free activity days taking place at 10 stations across the West Coast route over the school break.

This August, 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 at Carlisle and Penrith, said: “Every day we see lots of young train fans at our stations showing so much enthusiasm for the railway. Many of them tell us how they want to work on the railway when they grow up, so we are excited to be offering Rookies Academy over the summer holidays to help keep them entertained. Our Rookies will get some hands-on, real-life experience at our stations along our West Coast route. Make sure you pre-book your ticket to guarantee your place, as we’re unable to let Rookies in without one.”

Book your place on the Virgin Trains website from 10am on 24th July:


*Activities will vary by station

Number of places available varies by station. All children need to be accompanied by an adult/guardian at all times. Each ticket permits 1 child and up to 2 accompanying adults/guardians (please do not buy a separate ticket for yourself)

In the event of disruption on the Virgin Trains network, ‘The Rookies’ activity days may be rescheduled. Ticket holders will be notified with as much advanced warning as possible.

Rookies Academy at Carlisle

  • Monday 5th August 10.30am – 11.30am or 12.00pm – 1.00pm
  • Monday 12th August 10.30am – 11.30am or 12.00pm – 1.00pm

Rookies Academy at Penrith

  • Tuesday 6th August 2.30pm – 3.30pm
  • Tuesday 13th August 2.30pm – 3.30pm
  • Tuesday 20th August 2.30pm – 3.30pm
  • Tuesday 27th August 2.30pm – 3.30pm

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