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Drive a Steam Train Experience

Dates for this event

  • 22nd February 2019,
  • 1st March 2019,
  • 22nd March 2019,
  • 29th March 2019,
  • 26th April 2019,
  • 29th April 2019,
  • 13th May 2019,
  • 17th May 2019,
  • 3rd June 2019,
  • 7th June 2019,
  • 17th June 2019,
  • 12th July 2019,
  • 15th July 2019,
  • 19th July 2019,
  • 12th August 2019,
  • 19th August 2019,
  • 2nd September 2019,
  • 16th September 2019,
  • 27th September 2019,
  • 7th October 2019,
  • 14th October 2019,
  • 25th October 2019,
  • 8th November 2019,
  • 15th November 2019
Drive a Train participant shovelling coal into the firebox of a steam engine
Two members of the crew leaning out the steam engine window

Make your dream a reality

Become part of the crew! This full day experience will see childhood dreams realised as participants get behind the controls of the engine with time to drive, fire and guard a heritage steam train!

£425.00 per person

What’s Included:

Drive a Steam Train experiences start at Bury Bolton Street Station at 8:30am and incorporate the following:

  • Safety briefing with the crew
  • Driving and firing for 16 miles, guarding and travel for 16 miles
  • Hot lunch for the participant with the option to include guests*
  • Half-day guided tour behind the scenes of the East Lancashire Railway
  • Photo opportunities
  • Commemorative certificate and complimentary ELRPS membership for 2019**

All experiences will finish at Bury Bolton Street Station at approximately 5:00pm.

2019 Dates

Date Locomotive Duration Drive/Fire Mileage Guard/Travel Mileage Route Cost Booking
22/02/2019 TBC  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Bury - Rawtenstall  £425.00  Book Now
01/03/2019 TBC  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Bury - Rawtenstall  £425.00  Book Now
22/03/2019 TBC  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Bury - Rawtenstall  £425.00  Book Now
29/03/2019 TBC  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Bury - Rawtenstall  £425.00  Book Now
12/04/2019 TBC  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Bury - Rawtenstall  £425.00  Book Now
26/04/2019 TBC  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Bury - Rawtenstall  £425.00  Book Now
29/04/2019 TBC  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Bury - Rawtenstall  £425.00  Book Now
13/05/2019 TBC  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Bury - Rawtenstall  £425.00  Book Now
17/05/2019 TBC  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Bury - Rawtenstall  £425.00  Book Now
03/06/2019 TBC  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Bury - Rawtenstall  £425.00  Book Now
07/06/2019 TBC  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Bury - Rawtenstall  £425.00  Book Now
17/06/2019 TBC  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Bury - Rawtenstall  £425.00  Book Now
12/07/2019 TBC  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Bury - Rawtenstall  £425.00  Book Now
15/07/2019 TBC  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Bury - Rawtenstall  £425.00  Book Now
19/07/2019 TBC  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Bury - Rawtenstall  £425.00  Book Now
12/08/2019 TBC  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Bury - Rawtenstall  £425.00  Book Now
19/08/2019 TBC  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Bury - Rawtenstall  £425.00  Book Now
02/09/2019 TBC  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Bury - Rawtenstall  £425.00  Book Now
16/09/2019 TBC  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Bury - Rawtenstall  £425.00  Book Now
27/09/2019 TBC  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Bury - Rawtenstall  £425.00  Book Now
07/10/2019 TBC  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Bury - Rawtenstall  £425.00  Book Now
14/10/2019 TBC  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Bury - Rawtenstall  £425.00  Book Now
25/10/2019 TBC  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Bury - Rawtenstall  £425.00  Book Now
08/11/2019 TBC  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Bury - Rawtenstall  £425.00  Book Now
15/11/2019 TBC  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Bury - Rawtenstall  £425.00  Book Now

* Two guests allowed per participant. Extra charge of £9.50 per lunch and £5.00 per person for a guided tour.

** The cut off point for complimentary East Lancashire Railway memberships is October 2019. Memberships registered after this point will expire December 2020.Memberships are registered from the date of participation, not the date of booking.

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Our visitors say…

  • I was given this experience as a retirement gift, something I have wanted to do for many years. It was a fantastic day and wonderful experience. All of the ELR volunteers we came across were really good, very knowledgeable and very enthusiastic. One of the best days out ever.

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