The group from Vision Norfolk at Bure Valley Railway's Aylsham station

Vision Impaired Group Get On Track To Enjoy Steam Train Experience

A group of vision impaired people enjoyed a special sensory steam train trip when they boarded the Bure Valley Railway for a journey from Wroxham to Aylsham and back.

The excursion, organised by sight loss charity Vision Norfolk’s Great Yarmouth hub, saw the group enjoy the atmosphere of the train as they travelled along the nine mile track from Wroxham, before enjoying a special lunch at the Whistlestop Café at Aylsham Station prior to the return journey.

The trip is part of the varied programme of social and leisure activities organised by the charity to help tackle the social isolation which sight loss can result in.

Vision Norfolk Great Yarmouth hub co-ordinator Ed Bates commented, “We aim to enable people living with sight loss to experience a variety of activities, always adapting them so that everyone can gain as much from the experience as possible.

“Although not everyone was able to see the countryside we were passing through, they were still able to appreciate the sounds and smells of the steam engine, which made it a really sensory experience.

“The team at Bure Valley Railway made us very welcome, and the whole group had a great day out.”

More details of the activity programme organised by Vision Norfolk can be found at

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