11-year-old Sam Patchett from Chilwell was joined by his mum Elaine as they took a look around the tram depot at Wilkinson Street.
As well as meeting the operational team and seeing the control room, Sam was also given the opportunity to sit up front in a driver’s cab to learn how the trams are operated.
Sam’s family live close to where the tram network has recently been extended and Elaine explained: “Sam had been watching the development of the extension right from the start of construction and often stopped to wave at the tram drivers whilst they were testing the new track.
“With Sam being autistic we sometimes have to encourage him to be as independent as possible, but since the tram has been in operation he has been very happy to make short hops up and down the line by himself.”
Sam now regularly uses the tram for trips to and from Toton Lane where he often heads to the Japanese Water Garden to buy food for the family’s pet lizards.
NET’s Deputy Operations Manager, Darren Smith said: “We’re really pleased to hear that the tram has helped to give Sam some extra confidence. He’s clearly a great tram fan and it was a pleasure to be able to give him a close-up of all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes here at the Depot.
“Our drivers remember Sam waving to them as we carried out our tests before the expanded network opened and it was great to meet him in person. We hope it’s given him a day to remember.”