His story in Fond-de-Gras begins at the age of seven. His father Guy takes him to the valley to teach him his hobby: maintaining and running historic trains. Romain starts with small painting jobs, hitching a wagon to the train and other tasks that can be done by a child. Over time, Romain learns to handle more and more tools and manages to take on more specialised tasks. For example, when a diesel locomotive is running on its own, the boy is allowed to brake. It sounds easy, but you have to know the track of the Train 1900, because unlike the conventional railway lines, the Fond-de-Gras line has the steepest gradient in the Grand Duchy. So a certain „flair“ is required.
After exhausting days of work, the volunteers reward Romain with a Coke. What a pleasure! Then the question arises: „Can a child become a member of the association“? In fact, he is the youngest in the team.
Very quickly, his interest drives him to the steam locomotives. At first he sits on the coal box and, if necessary, returns a shovelful of coal to the boiler. But he observes a lot and learns quickly. At 16, he officially becomes a stoker and shortly afterwards passes the Inspection du travail et des mines (ITM) exam.