When Mark Webster boarded a Sheffield tram six years ago he had no inkling he would be embarking on a life-changing journey to love.
The skills mentor had been reluctantly coaxed out by friends for a curry in the city centre as he had been struggling with depression that year.
But once he was on the tram he started to talk to a woman who was part of the group – and they became so engrossed they missed their stop at Sheffield City Hall.
Now he and office manager Rachael are married and the story of how they met has clinched them first prize in a Supertram competition.
Mark said: “It was a bit of a chance encounter.
“I think my friend had planned it all along but I never expected it to happen, especially not on a tram.
“I’d had a bad time of it, I was on anti-depressants and 2009 had been a horrible year – my friend said a few people were going for a curry and I ought to get myself along but I just wanted to be alone.
“When we got on the tram my friend introduced me to Rachael so we started talking.
“It’s a funny story because we went from Hillsborough to the City Hall and we were that busy talking about things we had in common, like Sheffield Wednesday, that we missed our stop and ended up at Ponds Forge.”
The Owls fans exchanged numbers that night and started dating – moving in together three years later and getting hitched in June last year at Ringwood Hall, Chesterfield.
In a twist of fate, the 32-year-olds now live just two minutes from the tram stop at Malin Bridge.
Mark added: “It’s unusual for us to both get the tram now as Rachael drives to work but whenever we see the Hillsborough tram stop we look at each other and say it’s where we met.
“It’s still a big thing for us.”
Mark was on a train from Edinburgh to Doncaster when he saw an appeal for stories of how couples met through Sheffield’s tram network.
He and Rachael will now be awarded £100 of Meadowhall vouchers to treat each other.
Claire Ansley, head of customer service for Stagecoach Supertram, said, “We were delighted to hear from Mark and Rachael and learn about how they met and found love on one of our trams.
“Our services play an important role in the lives of many people, from transporting passengers to and from work, to making a trip to see family and friends, Stagecoach Supertram is well loved and depended on by our many passengers.
“Mark and Rachael’s story is a great example of how taking the tram can change your life.”