Great Western Railway treat Devon lad to birthday surprise

Great Western Railway treat Devon lad to birthday surprise

“This really has been his best birthday ever”

The special treat got a thumbs up from birthday boy Ewan Kaczanow (Image: Simon Galloway)

A young train fanatic has been treated to a special birthday surprise from Great Western Railway.

Ewan Kaczanow, enjoyed a VIP tour of Exeter St Davids station, a ride on one of its Intercity Express Trains and a look inside a train driver’s cab to mark his 11th birthday.

The South Tawton Primary School pupil is a huge fan of GWR’s new bullet-style trains and has even built a level crossing in his back garden.ADVERTISING

The VIP tour was made possible following an appeal by mum Teresa Pearse. She said she often takes Ewan to nearby viewing points so he can watch trains passing through.

Ewan dispatches a train with assistance from GWR’s Brendon Phillips (Image: Simon Galloway

She said: “Ewan is totally obsessed with trains and I can’t thank GWR enough for giving him such a memorable day. This really has been his best birthday ever.”

Ewan was joined by his mum, dad Ian and school friend Eve, and was given a special tour of the station by guard manager Ashley Richards. He even helped to dispatch a train.

“This really has been his best birthday ever”

Ewan said: “I’ve had a brilliant day. The Intercity Express Trains go so fast and I can’t believe I got to see inside the driver’s cab. I’ll never forget it.”

GWR customer ambassador Tracey Morgan welcomed Ewan to the station and helped set up his VIP tour. She said: “It’s wonderful to meet someone with so much enthusiasm for trains. I’m glad we were able to make it such a special birthday for him.”

Dr Paul Clark, director of health, safety and environment for Network Rail Wales and Western, said it was great that Ewan had such interest in the railway.

He said: “With more than 6,500 level crossings around the country, awareness of level-crossing safety is vitally important, especially for those around Ewan’s age.

“Studies show that younger people respond well to information passed on to them by their peers, so Ewan’s knowledge and enthusiasm are fantastic for spreading the message about safe use of level crossings to school-age children.”

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