The Footplate Experience - Intermediate Course
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Intermediate Footplate Experience

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A fantastic opportunity to drive a steam locomotive

Intermediate Footplate Experience . . .

£475 per person

Experience the challenge of driving and firing a steam locomotive hauling a heavy train of approximately 200 tons in which your 6 guests can travel. During your whole day Experience, you will pass other trains carrying passengers along the line, so timekeeping is an essential part of the day. Running over the whole length of the line, you will steam through Bewdley Tunnel, glide across Victoria Bridge and storm up Eardington Bank, so make sure you keep the pressure up!

Locomotives normally used on the Intermediate Footplate Experiences: 2857, 7802 Bradley Manor, 7812 Erlestoke Manor or 43106 (subject to availability).

What's included:
  • A safety briefing before the session commences.
  • Detailed instruction on how to drive and fire a locomotive.
  • Only 8 participants per Experience, driving and firing in pairs.
  • Travel on the footplate, driving and firing for over 16 miles.
  • Travelling a total journey of 64 miles.
  • You can bring along up to 6 guests only who can travel in the carriages behind the locomotive (guests must be over the age of 5) free of charge.
  •  Opportunities for photographs.
  • A presentation folder with a certificate and memento of your experience.

The Intermediate Footplate Experience runs from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth, and return, twice during the day. The Experience will begin at Kidderminster at the following times, dependant on the day you choose (timetables may vary):

  • Friday - 8.30am, finishing at 4.45pm.
  • Saturday - 8.00am, finishing at 3.15pm.

No. 813 Intermediate Special

On Friday 6th October, we will use 1901 built No. 813 on an Intermediate Special. The former Port Talbot Railway locomotive will be paired with our beautiful rake of toplight carriages on the full day Intermediate Footplate Experience, recreating a typical Edwardian train.
 Intermediate 2017 dates
Price Availability
 Friday 25th August - Full day
Fully booked
 Friday 1st September - Full day
One space available!
 Saturday 16th September - Full day
Fully booked
 Friday 6th October - Full day - 813 Special
Places available
 Saturday 28th October - Full day
Fully booked
 Saturday 4th November - Full day
Fully booked

Email to make an enquiry    Call 01562 757900 to book

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