Steam trains deliver parcels one last time

By Chris Dawson August 14, 2016 - 1:58 pm

We know there are a few steam train enthusiasts on Tamebay (me included), so just for you an ecommerce related train story:

Leadhills and Wanlockhead Railway

A courier from South Lanarkshire has gone the extra mile to ensure vital deliveries were kept on track after a village was cut adrift due to road closures. It was full steam ahead for Michael Houston as he jumped on-board the Leadhills and Wanlockhead Railway (L&WR) to deliver parcels for Hermes.

When the local council decided to resurface the B797 between Leadhills and Wanlockhead, meaning that the road would be shut for two weeks in July, residents wanting to travel between the two villages faced a 50-mile detour. This drove train enthusiasts from the area to produce a daily timetable for the L&WR, which traditionally runs as a tourist attraction at weekends. For the duration of the roadworks the narrow gauge railway operated a regular daily service, prompting Michael to take advantage.

Michael HoustonHe said: “I deliver to many pensioners and people without cars so it is vital that they get their goods on time, as you never know how important the contents of the package could be!”

During the roadworks, Michael, who lives in Thornhill, used the L&WR three times to deliver 20 parcels in total. He added: “Being a rural courier ensures I play an important role within the community. People know who I am and what my van looks like, while some villagers get in touch on Facebook. People are so pleased with my service that they ask which retailers Hermes delivers for, so they can order exclusively from them and I get to deliver the parcels! That’s a nice compliment”.

Sounds like a great excuse to play on trains when you’re meant to be working. Bravo Michael!

  • Peter King
    10 months ago

    I might not be the trainspotter that one poster is but even I can see that that’s not a steam train.

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