Dream comes true for James, 8, with Greater Anglia train cab ride

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Man and child on train

Child on train

An eight-year-old boy has been given the trip of a lifetime when he became a train driver for the day.

James Heath, who lives in Norwich and attends Parkside School, enjoyed a ride in the train cab on Greater Anglia’s 10.36 Norwich to Great Yarmouth service on Friday 21 July.

The youngster, who has autism, was given a first class view of the tracks with driver Steve Goodrum. He was given a drivers’ rucksack, whistle, flag and name badge ahead of his journey.

James’ mum, Liz, said: “James loves all transport but trains are his favourite. His favourite journey is from Norwich to London Liverpool Street – last time we went there, we took James to the transport museum and he absolutely loved it!

“James was so excited when I told him he was going to ride in a cab. He has really enjoyed his day and we would like to thank everyone who was involved.”

Alan Murphy, Driver Manager at Greater Anglia, said: “We were very pleased to welcome James on board our services – we are so pleased he enjoyed his day.

“It’s the dream of so many little boys to become a train driver and I’m glad that Greater Anglia was able to make one boy’s dream come true.”