There are no standard passenger services running today - The next service will be on Wednesday 18th September 2019 using the Green Timetable 2019

Drive a Steam Train Experience

Dates for this event

  • 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
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  Last two spaces remaining
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.

Important Information and Getting Here

Each experiences begins at 8:30am on Platform 2 of Bolton Street Station. The booking office is open from 10am – 4pm and a hot lunch will be provided on the day. The Trackside will be open 12pm - 11am (Mondays) and 12pm – 12am (Fridays) if participants would like to visit after their experience (participants are not permitted to drink alcohol during the experience).

For information on how to find Bury Bolton Street Station, as well as a helpful guide to local transportation links and parking spaces, please visit our Getting Here page.

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Our visitors say…

  • Can I just thank all concerned for a fabulous day, brilliantly organised, with such a friendly and expert crew and team of volunteers. I have waxed lyrical about the experience to family and friends and very much hope that my enthusiasm is infectious and others will also want to book.

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