A YOUNG train enthusiast's dream come true when got to ride in the driver's cab of an express train.

Jack Thompson, who was born with a brain tumour and is registered blind, became Station Master for the day at London Paddington– offering a five-star service to customers and examining tickets.

The 12-year-old from Gateshead also made a station announcement, dispatched a train from the station and took a ride in the driver’s cab of an Intercity Express Train.

His wish was granted by the children’s charity Make-A-Wish UK and train operator Great Western Railway.

Jack said: “I’ve had the most amazing day. I loved my ride on the train and being shown inside the driver’s cab. I can’t believe how fast it felt being on an Intercity Express Train. That was great fun.

“I love trains and often ask my mum and dad to take me to the station so I can listen to the trains coming in and out. I also like playing Train Sim World on my PlayStation and driving the Great Western Express to Reading.”

GWR customer ambassador Jennie Williams, who gave Jack a tour of the station, said: “It was an absolute pleasure to welcome Jack and wonderful to see his enthusiasm for trains. It was lovely to be able to make it a special day for him.”

Jack was born with a golf ball-sized optic nerve tumour so he can see shapes and colours in the distance and read signs close-up. Chemotherapy has reduced the tumour to the size of a pea and growth hormone injections have enabled him to grow to the average height of a 12-year-old.

His mother Diane said: “Unfortunately, his vision won’t improve – the nerves in his eyes are damaged beyond repair. He sees an ophthalmologist every four weeks to make sure his sight doesn’t get any worse.”

Make-A-Wish said it was grateful to GWR for helping to give Jack such a memorable day.