An unexpected sight on the rail journey between Norwich, Cromer and Sheringham is the busy little station of the Bure Valley Railway at Wroxham.
It’s literally little because the Bure Valley trains run to the tiny gauge of fifteen inches. The line follows the trackbed of the former East Norfolk Railway standard-gauge line to Aylsham, which is now the terminus. Originally it extended past what is now a Tesco car-park to a junction at County School.
The scale of the Bure Valley trains allows for the full paraphernalia of main-line steam and diesel operation. The Aylsham station has four platforms and a complicated track layout, and both termini have turntables: indeed, the turning of the locomotive at Wroxham is a highlight of the journey.
Miniature it may be, but this is no toy railway.
Indeed, it operates boat trains which offer a return journey from Aylsham to Wroxham with a ninety-minute Broads cruise: http://www.bvrw.co.uk/trains/boattrain.asp.
Three adults can sit comfortably side by side in the passenger coaches, some of which have electric heating for winter operation.
It’s a seriously attractive attraction.