Tales from the footplate

Meet up with Bert and Thomas, locomotive driver and fireman for the North Eastern Railway to hear and interact with their stories about  life in and around the railways from the 1800’s – up to WWII.

Foot plate

Each session can be tailored to your school topic and key stage  for example:

  • Queen Victoria
  • Railway Crimes
  • Life on the railways
  • Victorian transport
  • The railways in WWII
  • Important milestone and people in the development of the railways
  • The science behind steam power

The characters have many stories and anecdotes about the railways like the reason they stamp tickets, how fast Queen Victoria would let her train go when she was asleep or why some third class parents hid babies under coats in the luggage racks!

They also like to talk about the people who made the railways like Richard Trevithick and George Stephenson and the social, political and economic effect it had on Britain.

After chatting about life and telling stories the children will be able to ask questions to the pair before they fire up and head for London.

Each session can lasts up to 45 mins and is suitable for ks1 and 2


Dates:  2016 TBA

We have some downloadable resources for this session HERE

From the UK National Curriculum

KS1 History

  • Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally
  • The lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.

KS2 History

  • A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066 i.e a significant turning point in British history, for example, the first railways ……..