Mother and son on track to make history on Jacobite steam train
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.
Lewis MacLean, with mum Florence, who has safely ‘guarded’ the Jacobite steam train for decades.