SWT offers driving simulator experience as charity prize


South West Trains has put together a package of prizes in a charity auction it is running on the online auction site eBay.

Brand new SWT Class 707 train on test at Wildenrath, Germany.
Brand new SWT Class 707 train on test at Wildenrath, Germany.

The operator is aiming to raise £20,000 for four charities and SWT will match the proceeds. The charities are:

  • Autism Wessex which provides high quality specialist services for anyone affected by autism from Dorset, Somerset, Hampshire and Wiltshire.
  • On Course Foundation – supporting the recovery of wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans through golf.
  • Southbank Sinfonia – a Waterloo-based orchestra that brings together 33 outstanding music graduates from all over the world to share classical music with a diverse audience; helping people to discover live orchestral music for the first time.
  • Active Communities Network – working with local communities in the Leigh Park area to deliver an enriched programme of sports, arts and culture for young people, aged primarily between 9 and 19 years old. 

Two specific prizes of interest to Railway Magazine readers are a Train Driver Simulator Experience for Two and will include:

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  • A cab ride from one of our principal stations to Basingstoke – see the railway from the first hand perspective of our drivers
  • An hour-long session on our driver training simulators under the professional instruction of a qualified trainer
  • First class tickets to any South West Trains station to get you home

Plus a ‘Behind The Scenes Railway Experience’ for up to eight people, comprising:

  • First class travel to / from Wimbledon on South West Trains services.
  • A guided tour of the Wimbledon Traincare Depot – home of our recently refurbished 456 fleet.
  • An accompanied visit to a local signal box

Other auction items include:

The auction runs from today (Aug 22) until August 31. Click the links above to go to the eBay bidding page – and check the T&Cs for each prize.

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