A RADCLIFFE resident is set to make her on screen debut a documentary series going behind the scenes at TransPennine Express (TPE).

Mandy Spencer, 57, a conductor for TransPennine Express, will feature in the third episode of the series that airs tonight.

Drama is set to unfold in the episode when Mandy Spencer, a conductor on board a Huddersfield to Manchester service, encounters a potential bomb scare in the form of an abandoned black rucksack. With 100 passengers on board, Mandy is forced to bring the train to a halt.

Meanwhile, in the maintenance depot, Carl Moriarty and Steve Brundrett are replacing a five-tonne bogie, the structure that connects the wheels to the carriages.

To do that, they must hoist the entire three-car train up into the air, using twelve sturdy piston jacks. If the carriages snag on their way up, they could cause huge damage to the bogies.

The episode is also set to address the problems of fare dodgers and the actions the service takes.

Mandy Spencer said: “I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the documentary and I can’t wait to watch the episode.

“I’ve always enjoyed my role as a Conductor and I’m looking forward to sharing the ins and outs of my job with viewers and giving them a taste of the twists and turns of the job on a daily basis. Hopefully it makes for a riveting episode!”

Liz Collins, Interim Managing Director at TransPennine Express, said: “Fare dodgers have been a thorn in our side for years and the penalty fare system brought in was vital in ensuring passengers didn’t take advantage of the service.

“We have millions of customers who pay their way on our services each and every year, yet there are a select few who expect to board and travel for free, which is unfair on our paying customers, hence the reason for the system and the resulting clamp down on fare dodgers.

“Viewers I am sure will be on the edge of their seat when it comes to seeing how our conductor Mandy dealt with a potential bomb scare on board one of our services too. The actions of our colleagues and their interaction and care shown towards customers on a daily basis makes me extremely proud, they are essential to the running of our services and I am sure this episode will highlight this.”

The third episode of The Railway 24/7, made by Blast! Films, will be aired on Wednesday 24 June at 9pm on Channel 5.