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A Drivers eye view

Drive a Diesel Train Experiences

Become a fully-fledged railway man or woman for the day and be the envy of your friends as you step behind the buttons and dials of a magnificent heritage diesel engine and power along the line!

£340.00 per person

What’s Included:

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

  • Safety briefing with the crew
  • Driving and second manning 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/Second-Man Mileage Guard/Travel Mileage Route Cost Booking
18/05/2019 D5054***  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Heywood - Ramsbottom  £340.00  Book Now
31/05/2019 Class 37 109***  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Heywood - Ramsbottom  £340.00  Book Now
14/06/2019 50016***  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Heywood - Ramsbottom  £340.00  Book Now
03/07/2019 Class 37 109***  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Heywood - Ramsbottom  £340.00  Book Now
14/09/2019 D1501***  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Heywood - Ramsbottom  £340.00  Book Now
19/09/2019 D5054***  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Heywood - Ramsbottom  £340.00  Book Now
11/10/2019 Class 40***  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Heywood - Ramsbottom  £340.00  Book Now
02/11/2019 Class 50 015***  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Heywood - Ramsbottom  £340.00  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.

***While every effort is made to use the published locomotive, the company reserves the right to substitute the engine without prior notice.

Additional Details

We advise that anyone wishing to purchase one of our Drive a Train Experiences read our Terms and Conditions here. The courses can be labour intensive so we suggest that you make sure prior to booking so that yourself or the intended recipient will be able to enjoy the experience to the full.

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Our visitors say…

  • What a fantastic day, something I have wanted to do for many years. Every person we came across at ELR were brilliant and so enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Thanks for giving me such a wonderful day and wonderful experience.

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