Railway fans get up close to historic diesel engines

Locomotion held a Cab It! event this weekend where the public could access the footplates of diesel engines and snow ploughs. Pictured (front to back) are Alex Gardner, two, Luke Gardner, four, Harry Jennis, three, and Freddie Gardner, five.

Locomotion held a Cab It! event this weekend where the public could access the footplates of diesel engines and snow ploughs. Pictured (front to back) are Alex Gardner, two, Luke Gardner, four, Harry Jennis, three, and Freddie Gardner, five.

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RAILWAY enthusiasts of all ages enjoyed a rare opportunity to see inside the cabins of historic engines this weekend.

Cab It! at Locomotion, the National Rail Museum at Shildon gave visitors access to the footplates of the Class 08 and Class 03 diesel shunters, where knowledgeable volunteers were on hand to answer all their questions.

Railway fans could also get up close to a North Eastern Railway snowplough, which was built in Gateshead in 1891, as well as the relatively modern Network Rail snowplough.

Sharon Thorburn, front of house manager at Locomotion, said Cab It! was always a big hit with visitors.

“We hold it two or three times a year and people love it,” she said. “Giving visitors the chance to engage with the collection is very important to us. I think it is why the museum is so popular with families.”

Today (Sunday, January 19), volunteer, Mike Potter, was kept busy answering questions from visitors, young and old.

“The children love to be inside the cab and want to know what everything is,” he said. “They are fascinated by it and it is wonderful to see their reaction.”

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