It's full steam ahead!
A COMPUTING student has found a novel way of letting off steam this summer.
Rebecca Witham, 18, has had a love of steam trains from a young age but has taken her passion to a new level in recent weeks.
She is learning to become a train driver and spending weeks at the Gwili Steam Railway at Bronwydd Arms.
Rebecca, from Cross Hands, is the first to admit it's not the most common thing for an 18 year-old to spend their holiday doing.
She said: "Most of my friends are quite surprised when I tell them I'm driving trains."
Her days are spent doing more than "just driving" she explained: "It's quite physical and demanding. There is shovelling the coal into the engine and also all the signalling work to do as well. Together with the guardsman and dealing and talking with public. It's a lot of fun."
Rebecca returns to Coleg Sir Gar within weeks to restart her computing studies but said she wants to continue being on the foot plate of trains.
She added: "My dad has always been interested in trains so that is where I get it from. I am going to carry on in college but want to keep working on the trains up and down the tourist railway."
"I am being taught and supervised while driving now and it's not something I want to stop doing after the summer."
Administrator at the Gwili Railway Jeremy John said it was great having Rebecca learning the ropes.
He added: "It is great to have a young lady here with so much enthusiasm for steam trains. I hope other youngsters can be inspired to take an interest because the future of steam railway preservation will be in their hands.
"It's quite refreshing to see."