Heritage skill for schoolboy

Jamie Sorby, from Kings School, on the platform at Stephenson Railway Museum.

Jamie Sorby, from Kings School, on the platform at Stephenson Railway Museum.

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A teenager won a special day on a train after coming out on top in a competition.

Jamie Sorby, from North Shields, spent the day at Stephenson Railway Museum where he enjoyed a heritage train ride and private tour of the engine workshops.

The 13-year-old also got to meet the train driver and fireman who took him onto the ‘flootplate’ of the train.

He was keen to learn how everything worked, from how the carriage doors and windows operated to how steam was made.

Jamie had taken part in a Heritage Skills Initiative skills festival at Tynemouth Station where he won the visit after assembling a vintage 1930’s Villiers 2-stroke engine in the fastest time.

The Engineering HSI is a joint project by the North of England Civic Trust and Tyne & Wear Archive & Museums to train engineers in museums and heritage organisations.

A spokesperson for the museum said: “The level of skill shown by the children, who studied how the engine was dismantled, then immediately re-assembled it, was tremendous.

“They showed all the signs of being good heritage engineers of the future.”