Chief Adventure Officer

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From the train window looking at the coast on the way to Brora

From the train window looking at the coast on the way to Brora

That is the title that will be given to the lucky person who wins the National Rail job.

The idea is that the person who wins will spend some of their time travelling their way around Great Britain by train on paid for trips to destinations of their choice. It is a part-time job and they will be paid £10,000 for the privilege of seeing whatever sights they wish and then creating vlogs of here they visit.

Except that the person involved must be aged from 16-25 because this is a promotion being run by the what used to be the Young Persons Railcard and is now called the 16-25 Railcard.

The idea behind it is that the railcard people want someone who can inspire young people to travel to places across Great Britain and show how easy it can be to jump on the train and visit destinations. They hope that the destinations chosen might then stimulate people to become regular train users.

As a regular train traveller around the UK, I would add that there are many places where the best sights can only be seen on rail journeys and two I would recommend would be the journey from Llanelli to Carmarthen along past the wetlands and the estuary up the River Towy to Ferryside. Although there is a coastal path for some of the journey, the railway track is closer to the shoreline and any number of birds can be seen as well as the imposing Llansteffan Castle peering down from the opposite side of the estuary. Come to think of it if you catch the train from Machynlleth to Dovey Junction in mid-Wales in late spring you may catch a glimpse of the nesting ospreys as the line is the closest point to one of the nests.

beauly Forth

on the same train journey passing Beauly Forth

The other place I would recommend is the rail journey from Brora to Golspie in the Scottish highlands where I have seen seals sunning themselves only a few metres away from the line. Come to think of it if you catch the train from Machynlleth to Dovey Junction in mid-Wales in late spring you may catch a glimpse of the nesting ospreys as the line is the closest point to one of the nests.

For the uninitiated, a vlog is like a blog but it consists entirely of video so, as the lucky person travels around they will be recording what they see and then the videos will be available for viewing.

A shortlist of five has been selected. Charlie HainsworthJoy MumfordImogen DoneBen Hudson,  and Maddie Drury. You can see each of their entry videos by clicking on their names.

Now National Rail want you to decide which finalist should win the job voting and you can do this by going to www.16-25railcard.co.uk/CAO by midday on Monday 7 November.

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