DB Cargo UK Opens Its Gates to the Public at Knottingley Depot.(DB Cargo UK)

A rare chance to take a tour around a rail freight depot is being offered by DB Cargo UK to raise money for Cancer Research UK this month.

Britain’s leading rail freight operator is opening its gates to a small number of people so they can experience what it’s like inside the working depot at Knottingley, West Yorkshire.

On Saturday 28 October at 12 noon the general public can receive a tour of the depot and buildings and will be allowed to photograph any trains or wagons which are there at the time.

The cost of the tour is £15 and all money raised will be donated to Cancer Research UK. This can be donated online at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/db-cargo or paid in cash on the day. If you donate online or wish to reserve a place and pay on the day please email david.jenkinson@deutschbahn.com with your name and contact email address so you can be added to the mailing list.

Everyone who attends will be entered into a prize draw to win a cab ride on a DB Cargo UK service.

Spaces are limited to 100 people so please reserve your place to avoid disappointment. There are also no age restrictions so children a welcome.

As this is a working depot anyone attending the event must bring their own protective footwear as well as a high visibility vest or coat. A full briefing on site safety will be given at the start of the tour and any non-compliance to site rules will result in removal from site.

Dave Jenkinson, Safety Assurance Manager at DB Cargo UK, said:

“For some people this will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to see inside a working rail freight depot. 

“As a company we receive lots of requests from people wanting to visit us and take photos of our engines which we have to decline for safety reasons; however we have created this chance as a way of raising money for charity with all proceeds being given to Cancer Research UK.

“We can only offer this to a small number of people so please get in touch to reserve your place. We want to make this a fun, but safe event, so we do please ask people to be respectful of our site safety rules.”