The Footplate Experience - General Information
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Footplate Experience: Information

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A fantastic opportunity to drive a railway locomotive

General Information

Driving a train, whether it be with a steam or a diesel locomotive, is a fantastic and unforgettable experience. We offer a number of Footplate Experiences using a steam locomotive, each of which is designed to meet the aspirations of those interested in the operation of the steam engine. Diesel Experiences are also available using locomotives from our unique fleet of heritage diesels. Come along and drive a train...

 Compare our Footplate Experiences here . . .
Duration Miles driving &
Start &

 Taster AM/PM 4 3 £150
 Introductory AM/PM
8 4 £350
 Intermediate Full Day
6 £475 Kidderminster
 Autotrain Full day
 Supreme Full Day
32 10 £850
Full Day
6 £350
 Private Full Day
64 25 £2,600 Variable

Looking to take part in a Footplate Experience, or have someone in mind? Make sure you read this important information below:
  • Participants must be at least 18 years of age, be physically fit and able to climb a 6ft vertical ladder.
  • This activity may not be suitable for those with some disabilities, particularly where these affect mobility, concentration, dexterity and co-ordination. If you believe this may be a factor for the participant please contact us in advance to ensure the activity is suitable and to avoid any embarrassment on the day.
  • Guests travel free of charge on the special Footplate Experience charter train.
  • Additional guest places, above the stated allocation, are not available.
  • Guest children must be 5 years of age or over.
  • Pets are not permitted.
  • When booking, you can either choose a date to take the Experience on, or purchase an open-dated voucher, allowing the participant to choose their own date.
  • The consumption of alcohol before or during the Experience is completely prohibited. Smoking of cigarettes or e-cigarettes, and the use of vapes, is also prohibited.
  • Locomotives normally used on Footplate Experiences: 1501, 2857, 7714, 7802 Bradley Manor, 7812 Erlestoke Manor or 43106. We also run a number of Specials with No. 1450 and the Autotrain.
  • Diesel locomotives include both diesel electric and diesel hydraulic from our fleet of Class 50 and 52 locomotives. We are also running Experiences with Class 17, 33, 45 and 55 locomotives in May 2017.


Call 01562 757900 to book

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