From South Yorkshire to small-screen stardom – Dan Webster’s life story has taken him down all types of tracks.
The 25-year-old, who grew up in Rotherham, is currently a key figure in Sky 1’s 10-part documentary series All Aboard: East Coast Trains.
The former Dinnington Comprehensive School pupil is now a qualified train guard – but has suffered more than one derailment along the way.
After school he was homeless for several months, moving from place to place in search of a good night’s sleep.
Things started to turn around when he landed a temporary cleaning job at York station – working his way up from there to begin training as a guard in Leeds.
Viewers followed his progress until they saw Dan finally land a permanent post working on the flagship route between London, Doncaster and Scotland.
Dan said: “Staying motivated isn’t a challenge for me.
“When I think about all I want to accomplish, despite all my successes, I haven’t even made a dent in what’s possible.
“East Coast has always looked after me and because of that it’s been the longest I’ve ever been in a job and one I’ve progressed in too.
“I eventually want to become a train driver, but I understand you need to walk before you can run.
“For me, it’s a great feeling and sense of achievement to get to where I have done today, but there is a lot more for me to achieve and I won’t get there without hard work and determination.
“I’ve grown up a lot since I was homeless, through the experience of different roles and responsibilities, including life experience which has provided me with the building blocks to climb a career ladder.”
Dan said he had always tried to remain positive.
He said: “Life doesn’t have to be about been rich and famous, for me it’s about being happy and achieving my life aspirations. Thanks to East Coast, I can safely say I’m achieving both.”