Adam’s on track for a great day out on the railway

Autistic teenager Adam is a massive train buff and enjoyed a wonderful day out on the railway, courtesy of Network Rail.

Adam, aged 15, spent a day at the Rugby Rail Operating Centre with his mum Diane and Grant, Adam’s autism assistance dog provided by Support Dogs.

Adam at Network Rail

Staff at Network Rail’s department of Safety, Planning and Engineering in Milton Keynes, are raising money to sponsor Grant for a year, from dress-down days and other activities.

Mum Diane said: “We both loved visiting the operating centre, and for Adam it was a fantastic opportunity to see how it all works, and to chat to people.

“It is hard to believe that just a few years ago he could hardly talk, then there he was chatting, listening and responding – that’s what having a support dog has enabled him to do. I can hardly explain how much it means to see Adam out and about talking to people about trains!”

Karen Starkey, Business Support Administrator in Network Rail’s department of safety, planning and engineering, added: “We’re very pleased that Adam enjoyed his visit, and to be able to see him smile was very special.”

Grant has been Adam’s autism assistance dog for the past seven years, and the handsome black Labrador has been instrumental in improving Adam’s self-esteem, confidence and communication skills.

Danny Anderson, fundraising manager at Support Dogs, said:” The fact that that Network Rail have been able to do something so special for Adam, and to hear just how much he is able to get out of a day like this, is wonderful.  Thanks to Network Rail for making this happen.”