It’s the dream of many a young boy.

But now a Huddersfield tourist attraction is offering the chance for people to become a steam train driver.

Kirklees Light Railway wants to recruit more volunteers - and drivers are on the wanted list!

People can go along to the Clayton West attraction this weekend as they launch a recruiting drive for volunteers to help run the trains.

And there’s a chance that those who sign up could get to drive the railway’s famous steam trains.

The Friends of Kirklees Light Railway want to help keep the railway operating. They have about 70 volunteers on their books at the minute but need more.

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Marketing manager Nicola Wilcock said: “The railway needs volunteers with an assortment of different skills to help with the various different roles.

“You may be interested in an operational role such as becoming a guard, a diesel driver or eventually a steam driver. People start as a guard and work their way up as they acquire skills.

“Others may want to help maintain our engines, rolling stock and track. There are even day to day jobs available such as grounds maintenance to get involved.”

Volunteers line up at Kirklees Light Railway

The open days on Saturday and Sunday between 10am and 4pm will see activities such as sleeper changing as well as train driving.

Volunteers need to be 16 or over.

The Kirklees Light Railway is a 3.25 mile long 15-inch gauge railway constructed on the

former Lancashire and Yorkshire Railways Clayton West Branch and opened in 1991.

The railway is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and runs six engines on the line.

Four of them are steam engines and the others are diesel.

Steam trains on the Kirklees Light Railway