A FOUR-year-old boy has travelled the distance to Monte Carlo and back . . . on Kirklees Light Railway.
Train mad Robert Ashman loves the journey through the Clayton West countryside so much he goes again and again and again.
In fact he has travelled on the train every weekend and one weekday ever since he was 18 months old.
He often goes on the trips with his nan, Florence Appleby, who lives in Clayton West.
Staff at the narrow gauge railway in Clayton West estimate Robert has easily travelled more than 1,500 miles behind steam locomotives like Hawk, Badger and Fox.
That's the equivalent of a return trip to the south of France or Monaco - possibly further, as no one knows just how many journeys he's made with KLR, but certainly more than 150.
The steam trains go from Clayton West to Robert's village of Shelley on a 50 minute, eight-mile round trip.
KLR general manager Adrian Moss said: "He's our best customer by a mile and we always like to see his smiling face at our ticket desk. I wish we had more passengers like him."
Robert is the son of Daniel and Linda Ashman.
Daniel said: "He is absolutely mad on Thomas The Tank and goes to all the themed days at KLR as well."
Mr Moss said: "You'd think he'd get bored or at least skip a week here or there, but he's here regular as clockwork."
Robert now has a special `staff' badge in honour of his long service.
The railway plans a special birthday treat for their most loyal passenger.
Mr Moss said: "It's Robert's fifth birthday in November. I've arranged for him to be made a guard for the day with us.
"He'll learn whistle and flag techn- iques and hopefully we'll encourage him to join us as a bona fide volunteer when he's old enough. That will be in 2017."
The railway celebrates its 15th anniversary this year.
Steam trains run from 11am to 3pm at weekends. A full weekday service runs in next week's school half-term.