Teenager to become youngest rail guard

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THE North Yorkshire Moors Railway is giving a teenager a birthday to remember.

Richard Hart, will become the youngest train guard in Britain, working as a volunteer with the World’s most popular heritage steam railway, when he qualifies today - his 18th birthday.

After successfully passing his exams, he will now be responsible for the safe operation on board trains carrying up to 400 passengers.

His ambition to be a train guard dates back to visiting the railway on family days out as a young teenager.

Richard, of Faverdale, Darlington, said: “It is an honour to become the youngest guard on the railway. I would like to thank the guards who have trained me and developed the skills needed for the role. I also hope that my story encourages other younger people to join and support the NYMR in day to day operations and the railway as a whole.”

NYMR General Manager, Philip Benham, added: “It is vital for the long-term future of heritage railways such as ours to have more young volunteers coming forward. At a time when there has much criticism of the antics of some young people, Richard’s commitment and enthusiasm is to be applauded as an example to us all.”

Richard started volunteering as a ticket inspector at 16 before going on to train as a guard. He is due to begin studying at Leeds University in September but is committed to carrying on with his role at the railway.