THE Talyllyn Railway is widely considered to be the first railway to be taken over and preserved by volunteers in the world.
Now it has scored what is believed to be another world first, with a set of triplets passing out as assistant guards on the same day.
Jake, Ross and Joe Waddington, all 16, came through their assessment with flying colours and have moved to the next level of training before becoming guards on the railway.
The brothers, who are Tywyn residents, have been volunteering on the railway for a couple of years. In order to make sure they could all qualify together, special arrangements were made for them all to be assessed on the same day.
The brothers first became interested in trains watching their grandfather Joe Hulls playing with his model railway when they were aged four.
Joe said: “We’ve always loved trains and used to live near York and regularly went to the National Railway Museum.
“Mum and dad moved to North Wales three years ago to run a bed and breakfast together and us boys have visited the Talyllyn Railway virtually every day since.
“This is not a job, this is a passion for us all.”
Railway chairman Ian Drummond said: “Joe, Jake and Ross have contributed a great deal to the railway already. Their positive attitude in all that they do has won them many friends on the railway and we look forward to seeing them progress further in the years ahead.”
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