Not only the round trip with the steam locomotive is in great demand - also the training to become a small steam locomotive driver on the Gurten is very popular.
Actually, I just wanted to take a few quick photos of the steam locomotive for marketing activities. In the process, I burst into the training of the future steam locomotive drivers. It quickly became clear that there is so much more to this than pictures can show. The passion of these young people and the ambitious play park manager drew me into the spell of the train drivers.
Vitus and Ian are waiting excitedly in front of the Ofehüsi on the playground. Today is the first day of the coveted training to become a steam locomotive driver. It is just spring break and the timing is perfect for the students. The training is conducted by the playground manager Jürg Leuthold, also known as Jüre. The play park manager greets the boys warmly by name. He has known them for several years, as they are loyal Gurten train guides. Vitus and Ian meet the requirements to become steam locomotive drivers: they are both technically skilled, like to learn new things, take responsibility and have reached the minimum age of 14. However, they also need a certain amount of ambition, because not all small railroad drivers can train to become steam locomotive drivers. Only those who prove themselves dutifully over a period of years are given the chance.