I am only 6 but I think I can do this job

The Director of Fun’s first day at work

In July of 2009, having heard that the director of the National Railway Museum in York, Andrew Scott, was soon to retire after 15 years at the helm, 6-year-old train enthusiast Sam Pointon sent the following letter to the museum in an attempt to fill Scott’s shoes and land his dream job. Luckily for Sam, his endearing handwritten application, and attached photo, were soon talk of the office — so much so that he was quickly appointed as the museum’s Director of Fun, a post he still holds to this day.

Said Sam soon after beginning at the museum:

“It is the best job in the world. I love it. It is good fun. My favourite is the steam engine, I like it when the wheels go round.”

An image of the letter’s first page is below, followed by a full transcript.

[UPDATE] As a result of the reaction to this letter, Andrew was interviewed by the museum. The video has been embedded after the transcript.


26 July

Dear Mr. Tucker

Application for director

I am writing to apply to be the new Director of the National Railway Museum. I am only 6 but I think I can do this job.

I have an electrick train track. I am good on my train track. I can control 2 trains at once.


I have been on lots of trains including Eurostar and some trains in France. I have visited the museum before. I loved watching the trains go round on the turntable.

On the other side is a picture of me.

Hopefully I can come and meet you for an interview.


Sam Pointon

An interview with the Director of Fun: