The other day was one railway volunteer James Scott will remember for a long time.
James not only celebrated his 21st birthday but on the same day he also took charge of his first train after passing as a Guard at the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway.
James started volunteering at the heritage steam line as a ticket inspector when he was 14.
It wasn’t long before he was also learning the ropes in the signal box at Ludborough and he passed as a signalman as soon as he reached the age of 18.
“My long term ambition was to be a Guard and I’ve been waiting for this day to come,” said James.
“I really enjoy working at the LWR and to be able to wave the green flag for the first time on my 21st birthday really was the icing on the cake!”
The railway operates on a stretch of line that used to be part of the Great Northern route from Boston to Grimsby. After the last section of line was closed in 1980 a preservation society was formed with the aim of restoring it. The aim is to extend the line towards Louth.