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Doug Cockram of Parkerville has put his hand up to become a Bennett Brook Railway train driver at Whiteman Park. Picture: ANITA McINNES

Do you want to drive a train?

DID you want to be a train driver when you were little and then your life took a different path?

If you still have a desire to make your childhood dream a reality the Bennett Brook Railway might just be what you are seeking.

The incorporated group is providing free training for people who want to drive the Whiteman Park trains.

Bennett Brook Railway vice-chairman Ken Watson said the group, which has been running trains at Whiteman Park for more than 33 years, said some days during the week and during school holidays more train drivers were needed.

Mr Watson said there had recently been some days when the wheels on the trains have not moved due to a lack of drivers.

Parkerville resident Doug Cockram, who started a five-year car and wagon builder apprenticeship at the Midland Workshops in 1960, joined the group about 18 months ago.

Mr Cockram has been working with other volunteers at the Bennett Brook Railway workshops to restore a carriage built in 1927.

Due to the lack of train drivers Mr Cockram has also put his hand up to become a driver.

Mr Watson said for weekends they had a group of reliable drivers but they worked so were unavailable on other days.

“During the week we rely on people who either don’t work, are retired, or can help during the week,’’ he said.

“Our previous drivers have got older or become unavailable and there have been days when we have been unable to put a train out.

“This causes the park and us problems as we don’t like to disappoint our regular and reliable customers.’’

He said those interested in being trained needed to be 18 or older and have a reasonable level of fitness to be able to climb into the locomotive.

Bennett Brook Railway is having an open day on Sunday, 22nd April at their workshop at Whiteman Park starting at 11 am.

The event is free but numbers are limited.  

Call 9534 3215 for more information.

By Anita McInnes

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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