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Like many six-year olds, Sam Pointon loves trains and dreams of working with them when he grows up. However, when the position for Director of the National Railway Museum in York, England, opened up, Sam couldn't resist applying for it - And lo and behold he got the job!
And not just any job - but that of 'Director of Fun', whose main task is - tell his colleagues how to make the museum a fun day out for kids.
It all began during a family vacation, when Sam's dad noticed the job opening and joked about it being the perfect position for the little lad (when he grew up). Sam thought he was plenty qualified already - After all, he had been on several train rides, owned an electric train and had mastered the technique of controlling two trains at once.
Little Sam's handwritten letter caught the eye of the museum staff, who were so impressed by his enthusiasm, that they decided to hire him.
While the job doesn't pay anything, it does have its perks. Sam and his family were invited for a special VIP, behind-the-scenes tour of the museum, which covers more than 400 years of railroad history and houses over 100 old trains and, given free tickets to see a stage adaptation of the popular kids book - 'The Railway Children'.
But young Sam has been no slouch either - He has been doing his job quite seriously and has already suggested that the musuem should set up a model train area to attract more children.
In fact, he is so serious about his new position that the six-year old believes he doesn't even have to go school anymore - which of course, is not the case. His parents just haven't had the heart to tell him yet!
sources: treehugger.com,telegraph.co.uk, buryfreepress.com