News from East Midlands Trains


All aboard the special Merrydale train for Leicester school children

  • 60 Leicester school children enjoy special day out on the railway
  • East Midlands Trains teams in Nottingham and Leicester joined together to organise and deliver special day


A group of Leicester primary school children got the chance to ride a special train and learn about the railway as part of an educational study day led by East Midlands Trains (Thursday 25 May).

Around 60 children from Merrydale Infant school in Leicester were invited by East Midlands Trains after one of their Nottingham train drivers (Chris Skinner), whose brother works at the school as a teacher, thought it would be a great opportunity to help the children’s’ learning and provide an insight into what goes on behind the scenes on the railways.

The children travelled from East Midlands Parkway to Nottingham station on a hot and sunny morning for a briefing and learned all about the different types of trains on the network from the drivers and stations team. From there they travelled to Eastcroft train depot to see where trains are fuelled, serviced and washed and find out more about the work that goes on to keep the trains running on time.

Ian Beck, Driver Manager for East Midlands Trains in Nottingham, said: “This event was clearly very special for the children and they loved seeing how everything works to get the trains moving.

“It was great that we were able to promote our rail safety messages and we were also joined by a British Transport Police officer who gave a talk on the dangers of trespassing on the tracks. As this was the first time many of the children had travelled by train I’m sure this will have a real impact and bring their learning to life.

“Hopefully we gave a positive impression of the rail industry as a whole and, who knows, some of the children may be our future workforce.”

Mr Skinner, Chris’ brother and a teacher at Merrydale Infant school, said: “We were delighted with how the day turned out. It was really educational and the children had a great time – they asked me to thank East Midlands Trains for making this possible.”