The Bure Valley Railway claim on there web site that their "trains pass through scenery which is as varied, interesting and beautiful as any to be found on a railway journey in England". I beg to differ.
Donʼt get me wrong, itʼs a pleasant enough line, and quite pretty in a flat sort of way.
But, when the highlight is Norfolkʼs only operational railway tunnel, a short affair which carries the railway under the Aylsham Bypass, one has to admit that it is a bit dull.
All the better, therefore, to combine it with a boat trip on the Norfolk Broads on one of their Boat Train services.
The trains on the other-hand are splendid. Spitfire, in particular is one of the finest minimum gauge (15") engines Iʼve ever seen, and looks particularly smart with its Brunswick Green livery and Great Western fittings.
It, and its brother engine Blickling Hall (a rather more dowdy Midland Railway Crimson Lake job), are based on the Indian Railways ZB design and entered service in 1994, just four yearʼs after the line opened.