City PR man Gareth David achieved his boyhood dream last month when
he switched jobs for a week and took the helm of a 100-tonne steam
locomotive which runs between Polish towns Wolsztyn and Poznan. David,
who normally spends his working hours as a director of College Hill,
recently took a week’s holiday in Poland to achieve this lifetime
The ex-Sunday Times City editor chose Poland because it is the last
place in Europe where regular passenger and freight services are
David tells me that after six days training he took charge of the train
for the whole two hour, 26-mile trip.
David says he received the training under a scheme run by the Polish
state railways which sees Western investors buying pounds 500 worth of
shares in the service in return for the steam sessions.