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Step onto the footplate...step up to the challenge!

It’s a picture straight from the golden age of British Industry. Hard working drivers and firemen climbing into the cab of a roaring locomotive, basking in the welcoming glow of an open firebox or the inimitable noise and atmosphere of a purring diesel engine. Perhaps you believe such powerful experiences have been abandoned to history...

... but this could be you!

Steam Experiences

There’s nothing like it, the sounds, the smells and the sense of real accomplishment as you reach your hard won destination, little compares to driving a steam engine. The course is ideal for those who wish to explore distant horizons, at speed and with the power of steam!

Find out more about our Steam Drive a Train Experiences. 

Diesel Experiences

For over 100 years, life in Britain has been defined by its railways, and diesel locomotives have been the literal driving force behind that life for decades. Get a taste for real power behind one of these mighty beasts! The diesel experience is suited to lovers of slightly blurred passing landscapes and very loud engines.

Find out more about our Diesel Drive a Train Experiences. 

The Perfect Present

Whether steam or diesel, our Drive a Train Experiences make fantastic gifts for family members and friends, and the best part is you can purchase an open voucher so the lucky recipient can choose when they want to embark on their voyage. Each voucher comes presented in a beautiful gift card, which in itself makes a lovely souvenir.

Find out more about our Drive a Train Gift Vouchers. 

The Right Experience for you

The table below offers a quick overview of the different experiences we offer for easy comparison, click on the links to find out more about your chosen course!

Experience Day Duration Drive/Fire/Secondman Mileage Guarding & Travel Mileage Guest Allowance Cost Route
Bronze Steam Mon/Fri Full Day 16 16 2 £399 Bury - Rawtenstall
Silver Steam Mon/Fri Full Day 32 32 2 £750 Bury - Rawtenstall
Gold Steam Per request Full Day  80 n/a 2 (more per request) POA Heywood -Rawtenstall
Bronze Diesel Mon/Fri Full Day 16 16 2 £320 Heywood - Ramsbottom
Silver Diesel Mon/Sat Full Day 32 32 2 £599 Heywood - Ramsbottom
Gold Diesel Per request Full Day 80 n/a 2 (more per request) POA Heywood - Rawtenstall

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