Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has played its part in inspiring the next generation of railway engineers.
A group of Nexus engineering staff joined exhibitors at the North East Exhibition for Future Engineers was held at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland.
Nexus were among a whole host of companies to have exhibits at the two-day event.
This was a chance to show the youngsters the many different engineering functions that Nexus Rail carries out in order to look after the Tyne and Wear Metro.
The Nexus exhibit included track measuring activity, an overhead line assembly, a shunting completion using a model railway, a signalling demonstration, which included pumping a track point motor by hand, and an opportunity to try out the the safety equipment Nexus staff have to wear.
There was a video display of Nexus engineering equipment and activities, and the chance to look at our RRVs, Unimog and Ford Ranger.
The pupils were also put through their paces in a skill test using a radio-controlled rail vehicle.
Head of Maintenance Delivery at Nexus, Phil Kirkland, said: “Our participation in this event was a tremendous success, and wholly enjoyable.
“Staff from across Nexus came together to design, build, and explain a whole range of exhibits. Thanks to all who contributed either behind the scenes or on the two days. It was a tremendous ‘shop window’ for Nexus and its engineering teams.
“It just goes to show how giving up a little personal time and effort can prove to be so rewarding. All of the staff thoroughly enjoyed themselves throughout the two days.”