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A STUDENT has won a coveted engineering apprenticeship at a famous heritage steam railway.

Alex Luckham, 18, a volunteer for the Hayling Seaside Railway since he was eight years old, has been awarded the apprenticeship on the famous Mid-Hants Watercress Line, which runs between Alton and Alresford, near Winchester.

The South Downs College student will be working at the Mid-Hants Railway’s Ropley Engineering Works, where he will be trained in a wide range of technical skills.

Alex is one of a number of young volunteers on the Hayling seaside line who have gone on to work in the industry.

Malcolm Harris, 26, has progressed to become a guard for First Great Western on the Portsmouth to Cardiff line, while Daniel Hillebrandt, also 26, works on the South West Train’s Waterloo line.

Another former volunteer, Lynne Edwards, 21, works helping customers on station platforms for South West Trains.

Andrew Rose, chairman of the volunteer East Hayling Light Railway Society, said: ‘Alex is a particularly fine example of the excellent young volunteers that we have working on our railway, and well deserves this appointment.’