Chris Vine is visiting the Isle of Man for the third consecutive year to speak to schoolchildren about the Island’s steam railway.
The author behind the Peter’s Railway series visited several Island schools in 2016 and 2017 – and the trips proved so successful that Isle of Man Railways has invited him back.
Chris will spend this week with children from three primary schools: Rushen School, Victoria Road School and Henry Bloom Noble School.
Each school will enjoy a trip to Port Erin Railway Station and Museum, where Chris will give a talk before the children take a behind-the-scenes tour.
During the tour Chris will explain how tools and equipment are used, how locomotives function, how carriages are restored and maintained, and how signals operate. The children will also be given the opportunity to find out what it’s like to drive a train using the Diesel Train Simulator in Port Erin Museum.
Chris will pay a visit to each school to help them construct lengths of tracks, which will be put on display at Douglas Railway Station during Peter’s Railway Day on Saturday 19 May, the culmination of Chris’s visit. The family event, which is open to all, will include displays, a chance to ride on the locomotives, storytelling activity sheets and a chance to meet and chat with Chris.
Andy Cowie, Head of Engineering for Isle of Man Transport, said:
‘Chris’s previous visits have really captivated and inspired the children he met and we are delighted that he has returned to enthuse and educate more young people in the operation of our railway.’'We're also delighted that in addition to working with the schools, there will be an opportunity for the whole community to get involved during Peter's Railway Day.'
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