Six-year-old Tyler’s ‘awesome’ VIP all-access experience with Hull Trains

Tyler Grannon, six, from Hull, gets to try out the driver's seat in the cab of a Hull Trains train
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An East Yorkshire schoolboy enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime VIP experience thanks to Hull Trains.

Potential train driver of the future Tyler Grannon, 6, who has faced significant challenges in recent times, was nominated for the experience by friends through charity Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University. The VIP date saw Tyler join the train at Hull station and travel with the on-board team to Grantham.

While with the team he enjoyed a special all-access cab experience, gaining a unique perspective of what the driver does, and he also worked alongside the on-board team to understand customer requirements. This fantastic hands-on opportunity provided Tyler with a real insight of the world of rail operations, making it an experience he will cherish forever.


Tyler, of Hull, said: “It’s been an awesome day. I really enjoyed getting to go in the driver’s seat and everyone has been really friendly.

“One day I think I might like to work with trains. Thank you for inviting me.”

Tyler Grannon, six, is welcomed aboard for a Hull Trains VIP experience
Tyler Grannon, six, is welcomed aboard for a Hull Trains VIP experience

Rose James, CEO at Children’s University, said: “We received Tyler’s nomination from his school for our Tim’s Surprise Programme, a scheme where we do something extra special for children who have experienced a difficult time in their lives. We found out that Tyler really liked trains and we knew that our friends at Hull Trains would go above and beyond to give Tyler a great experience.

“What they have done for him has been incredible - Tyler has been made to feel so special and he will remember this experience forever. We are so grateful to Hull Trains for helping our charity to bring Tyler some joy. He said he would love to be a train driver when he grows up.”

Presented with his very own miniature Hull Trains uniform, Tyler was treated to a view from the driver’s cab on the East Coast Main Line followed by a First Class experience on the return journey between Grantham and Hull. Tyler was also able to try his hand making on-board announcements as well as taking time out to enjoy the hospitality on offer and was presented with a certificate of achievement as the train pulled into Hull station to complete his day.

Train driver of the future - Tyler Grannon, of Hull
Train driver of the future - Tyler Grannon, of Hull

Louise Mendham, service delivery director at Hull Trains, said: “It has been our absolute pleasure welcoming Tyler on-board with us for a VIP experience. It was great to see his passion for trains and we were delighted to be able to showcase the various roles on offer at Hull Trains.

“At Hull Trains our people are fundamental to who we as a company and this is why our partnerships with the local community are so vital to our success. We hope we can inspire more young people, like Tyler, to enter the industry and our new Learning and Development Academy will play a crucial role in developing the talent of tomorrow.”

Hull Trains is based in the city and employs more than 100 local people. The company was established as an open access operator in 2000 and normally operates 94 services a week directly from Hull to London.