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Five minutes with...Kevin Slater

Kevin Slater, who is one of the new Borders Railway train drivers & recently discovered his great grandfather was also a train driver.

Kevin Slater, who is one of the new Borders Railway train drivers & recently discovered his great grandfather was also a train driver.

Kevin followed in his grandfather’s footsteps by working as a postman for 25 years.

And after recently re-training as a train driver he has discovered his great grandad was also a train driver.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Bilston, a small mining village in Midlothian.

On a scale of 1-10 rank how happy you are with your lot.

Seven.

What would it take to get this to 10?

To complete my training with Scotrail successfully and buy my own house.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

A postman.

If you could give one bit of advice to your 18-year-old self, what would it be?

Believe in yourself and never doubt your gut feeling.

When was the last time you cried and why?

Laying flowers where my grandparents ashes are, on Remembrance Sunday.

What’s your greatest achievement?

Becoming a trainee train driver.

What three things would you still like to do before you die?

Travel around Alaska in a motorhome, walk the Southern Upland Way, and go and watch the US Masters Golf tournament.

What’s your favourite food?

Homemade mince and tatties and buttered bread.

Where was the last place you went on holiday?

Mauritius.

What was the last book you read?

The Forgotten Highlander - Alistair Urquhart.

What’s the biggest fib you’ve ever told?

I don’t fib, I always tell the truth as it’s the best policy.

If you ruled the world, what single act would you carry out.

Ban Facebook - it causes so much trouble in the world.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I could do with some flowing locks as it gets a bit chilly with the baldy head!!

Name three guests, dead or alive, that you’d have at your fantasy dinner party.

Winston Churchill, Paul Gascoigne, Steve McQueen.

Who or what is your greatest inspiration?

My grandfather -strong, caring, honest and empathetic - a great man.

What’s your most embarrassing moment?

I tend just to laugh at myself.

Do you have any regrets?

No regrets, I always just try to learn from the mistakes I have made.

What makes you see red?

Animal cruelty, aghh, don’t get me started!

In no more than five words, write your own epitaph.

Silence is a virtue.

 

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