Train operator GWR has launched an #EnterTrainment package to help home-schooling parents keep their children entertained and educated.
Inspiring children to learn at home, #GWREnterTrainment consists of interactive, documentary videos about the history of the railway and the South West; downloadable colouring sheets from GWR’s Iron Horses of the West book; and a social media build-a-train competition, with further content due to come online soon including activity sheets with word searches, quizzes and more.
GWR’s Head of Communications Dan Panes explains:
“We’re accustomed to having to help keep children occupied while travelling on our trains. So, while our front-line staff continue to keep essential workers travelling, we have turned our hand to helping keep you #EnterTrained at home.”
If you’re stuck at home and looking for an indoor adventure the new, dedicated webpage and associated social media accounts just may be for you – and children are being encouraged to ask an adult to share a picture of their hard work.
Tweet @GWRHelp Facebook @gwruk Instagram @gwruk and include #GWREnterTrainment in your message.
A Build-a-train entry from Exeter's Emily Salter
What does GWREnterTrainment include?
A series of Walk the Line documentaries about the history of the iconic GWR. In 2015 we asked Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s great-great-great grandson to follow in his ancestor’s footsteps, travelling from Bristol to London. From today we’re re-running nine short ‘Walk The Line’ videos with a series of fun questions for children to answer. They’re simple enough but you’ll need to watch closely… you may even have to replay them once or twice!
Build-a-train competition: Run on GWR’s social media accounts, the competition encourages children to build a train from things found at home or in the garden. Prizes include a GWR jigsaw, Top Trumps and more
Downloadable Iron Horses of the West colouring sheets: Created with Bristol-based street artist Andy Council, the sheets will have you revelling in the joys of ferroequinology (the study of the railways) like never before
Coming soon… downloadable activity sheets. Download to print at home or simply colour in digitally: Taken from GWR’s quarterly on-board magazine Escape, these children friendly activity pages have been repurposed to help those at home stay #Entertrained
Master train builder is seven-year-old Callum Heron from Swindon.
More, fun, train and South West related content and competitions will be brought online soon and is expected to include a short story competition and a very special model railway of the network and communities we are honoured to serve.
Following Government advice against all non-essential travel, GWR is operating a reduced timetable. The focus remains on running services that can be relied on at this time of uncertainty, providing essential transport for key workers to get to and from work.
Notes to editors Great Western Railway (GWR) provides high speed, commuter, regional and branch line train services. We help over 100 million passengers reach their destinations every year - across South Wales, the West Country, the Cotswolds, and large parts of Southern England.
We’re currently seeing the biggest investment in the network since Brunel so we can offer more trains, more seats, and shorter, more frequent journeys and continue the network’s heritage of helping connect more businesses to new and prosperous markets. Through a series of initiatives we aim to be a good neighbour to the communities we serve and are committed to making a positive social impact in those regions. Learn how we're Building a Greater West at GWR.com. GWR is a FirstGroup company.