Mother and son on track to make his­tory on Ja­co­bite steam train

The Oban Times - - News -

A MOTHER and son are set to make his­tory as they team up on a train.

Florence MacLean, from Fort Wil­liam, has been a guard with West Coast Rail­ways’ Ja­co­bite Steam Train for 22 years.

Now her 18 year- old son, Lewis, is join­ing her on the Harry Pot­ter train af­ter qual­i­fy­ing for the same job.

Speak­ing to the Lochaber Times, Florence said she be­lieves it’s the first time a mother son have worked on the train to­gether.

‘You know what it’s like be­tween moth­ers and sons, but I am look­ing for­ward to work­ing with Lewis,’ said Florence.

Florence, 55, said Lewis, a for­mer stu­dent at Lochaber High School, was never sure what he wanted to do af­ter school but ‘I think this is a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion for him be­cause in the hol­i­days he would come on the trains and help out - he loved it’.

Lewis is also train­ing to be a fire­man for the en­gine crew so Florence said he will ‘ be quite the all rounder’. Lewis is al­ways look­ing for new chal­lenges,’ she said.

Florence, who used to work at the pulp mill, has worked on trains for the past 35 years. She said: ‘I have been a con­duc­tor, a ‘trolly dolly’ for ScotRail, I have worked on the plat­form and I’ve been a freight guard.’

The new sea­son for the Ja­co­bite be­gan last week­end and will be tak­ing pas­sen­gers be­tween Fort Wil­liam and Mal­laig twice a day.

Pho­to­graph: Iain Fer­gu­son, The Write Im­age.

Lewis MacLean, with mum Florence, who has safely ‘guarded’ the Ja­co­bite steam train for decades.

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