By Charles Wade-Palmer
A 10-year-old boy has snubbed video games to run his own train station.
Hands-on Dylan Allman has become the station master of a 163-year-old rural request stop.
The youngster is now working hard on transforming Clarbeston Road in Pembrokeshire, Wales while his mates are watching tv on the sofa – after asking his dad to support him in an application to officially ‘adopt’ the station from Arriva.
Train super-fan, Dylan said: “I am so excited to be adopting Clarbeston Road Station with my dad.
“It’s a great station with two platforms and regular trains passing through so I hope people will be able to see how we are going to look after it, keep it clean and tidy, and make it a nice place for people when they are catching trains.
“I’m hoping I will have an official Arriva volunteer badge too – I can’t wait to wear that!”
Dylan from nearby Llangwm has enlisted dad Chris, a software developer, as his first recruit at the station which he adopted in a scheme run by Arriva Trains Wales.
Dylan is combining his passion for the railway and his local area with his aim to earn the Scouting Community Impact Award as a result of ‘giving back’ to the local community.
The lad who has not even left primary school yet will be busy reporting to railway chiefs with ideas on how to make the station a better place for the community.
Geraint Morgan, Community Affairs Manager for Arriva Trains Wales said:”It’s brilliant to be working with Chris and Dylan and really nice to see a young person so passionate about the railway and local community.
“The adoption scheme helps us work closely with communities to help show the importance of the station in those areas and we’re delighted Clarbeston Road has now been adopted.”
The father and son duo who live in say they travel regularly by train down to Tenby and across to Swansea with their bikes.
Dylan has taken onboard the responsibility of making the station a more welcoming place to visit by clearing the bank and planting wildflowers in time for next spring.