The Footplate Experience
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Every journey ends with a memory.

Welcome to your Footplate Experience

Realise a lifelong ambition with us

A fantastic opportunity to drive a train!

Footplate Experience - realise your lifelong ambition by driving a train . . .

Drive a train on a journey of adventure that you will never forget!

We offer the thrill of firing and driving a full-sized steam or diesel locomotive on one of Britain's premier preserved railways. Whether it's to realise a lifelong ambition, or as that very special railway gift, driving a railway locomotive is an amazing adventure...

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Our Steam Experiences . . .

Take the driving seat on one of our full-size steam locomotives as you wind your way through the Worcestershire and Shropshire countryside; swing the shovel and stoke the fire, hear the shrill of the whistle echo in the Valley and smell the unmistakable aroma of hot oil and steam as you wave to your family and friends in the carriage behind! Hold onto your cap as the locomotive starts to roll and feel the power of a Golden Age as you experience a journey in steam that you'll never forget.

Footplate Experiences with steam locomotives include the Taster, Introductory, Intermediate, Supreme Special, Supreme and Ultimate.

Our Diesel Experience . . .

Choose from our fleet of first-generation British Railways diesel locomotives introduced in the 1950s and 1960s as replacements for an ageing fleet of British steam locomotives. We offer you the choice of both diesel hydraulic and diesel electric locomotives on selected dates throughout the year for you to get your hands on; take control of a diesel locomotive, an engine that revolutionised Britain's railway scene.

What next . . .

Would you like to know more about what we have to offer? Take a look at the different types of Footplate Experiences above to get the wheels rolling on your journey of adventure. Open-dated vouchers and date-specific bookings are available.

Our dates for 2017 are currently being confirmed and should be announced during October. In the meantime, you could purchase an open-dated voucher: if you pay for the Experience we can then put it on hold until an appropriate date is sought. We also provide a Footplate Experience presentation folder upon booking confirmation which includes all relevant information about the Experience which makes a wonderful gift to the participant.
The Engine House
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