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A Drivers eye view
Speed and power

We offer Bronze, Silver and Gold Drive a Train Experiences, allowing you to choose from full day or half day sessions.

Bronze Diesel Experiences – Mondays/Fridays 

Full day experience with half a day spent driving, second manning and guarding between Heywood and Ramsbottom with the other half spent on a guided tour.

Tickets cost £299 per participant.

Includes:

  • Safety briefing with the crew before your journey begins
  • Basic instruction on the operation of a diesel locomotive
  • Driving and second manning for 16 miles of railway
  • Guarding and travel for 16 miles
  • Guided tour visiting the Metrolink Bridge, Locomotive and Carriage works, Engine Shed, Engine Yards and Bury South Signal Box
  • Photo opportunities
  • Presentation of commemorative certificate
  • Free ELRPS membership for the rest of the year*
  • Hot lunch for the participant
  • Travel for 2 guests per participant – extra charge of £9.00pp for lunch and £4.50pp for guided tour

*Cut off point is October 2017, memberships registered after this point expire Dec 2018, see terms and conditions for full information.

Day Date Duration Engine Availability
Fri 03/02/2017 Full Day Class 50 Book Now
Mon 27/03/2017 Full Day Class 45 Book Now
Mon 24/04/2017 Full Day Class 37 Book Now
Mon 24/07/2017 Full Day Class 35 Book Now
Mon 02/10/2017 Full Day Class 50 Book Now
Mon 20/11/2017 Full Day Class 40 Book Now

Bronze Diesel Experiences – Fridays 

A Half day experience spent driving, second manning and guarding between Heywood and Ramsbottom.

Tickets cost £299 per participant.

Includes:

  • Safety briefing with the crew before your journey begins
  • Basic instruction on the operation of a diesel locomotive
  • Driving and second manning for 16 miles
  • Guarding for 8 miles
  • Photo opportunities
  • Presentation of commemorative certificate
  • Free ELRPS membership for the rest of the year*
  • Free complimentary ticket for a return trip for the participant and up to three guests. This ticket can be used on either steam or diesel services on the same day of your experience or on the day of your choice.
  • Travel for up to 3 guests per participant

*Cut off point is October 2017, memberships registered after this point expire Dec 2018, see terms and conditions for full information.

Day Date Duration Engine Availability
Fri 07/04/2017 AM Class 40 Book Now
Fri 07/04/2017 PM Class 40 Book Soon
Fri 05/05/2017 AM Class 31 Book Now
Fri 05/05/2017 PM Class 31

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Fri 14/07/2017 AM Class 37 Book Now
Fri 14/07/2017 PM Class 37 Book Soon

Bronze Diesel Experiences – Saturdays 

A Half day experience spent driving, second manning and guarding between Heywood and Ramsbottom.

Tickets cost £299 per participant.

Includes:

  • Safety briefing with the crew before your journey begins
  • Basic instruction on the operation of a diesel locomotive
  • Driving and second manning for 16 miles
  • Guarding for 8 miles
  • Photo opportunities
  • Presentation of commemorative certificate
  • Free ELRPS membership for the rest of the year*
  • Free complimentary ticket for a return trip for the participant and up to three guests. This ticket can be used on either steam or diesel services on the same day of your experience or on the day of your choice.
  • Travel for up to 3 guests per participant

*Cut off point is October 2017, memberships registered after this point expire Dec 2018, see terms and conditions for full information.

Day Date Duration Engine Availability
Sat 16/09/2017 AM Class 37 Book Now
Sat 16/09/2017 AM Class 37 Book Now
Sat 16/09/2017 PM Class 37 Book Soon

Silver Diesel Experiences

A full day experience driving, firing and guarding between Bury and Rawtenstall.

Tickets cost £570 per participant.

Includes:

  • Safety briefing with the crew before your journey begins
  • Basic instruction on the operation of a diesel locomotive
  • Driving and second manning for 32 miles
  • Guarding and travel for 32 miles
  • Photo opportunities
  • Presentation of Commemorative Certificate
  • Free ELRPS membership for the rest of the year*
  • Hot lunch for the participant
  • Travel for 3 guests per participant – extra charge of £9.00pp for lunch


*Cut off point is October 2017, memberships registered after this point expire Dec 2018, see terms and conditions for full information.

Day Date Duration Engine Availability
Sat 13/05/2017 Full Day Class 40 Book Now
Mon 11/09/2017 Full Day Class 42 Book Now

Gold Diesel Experiences

Looking to buy an experience for the Diesel debutante who has it all or treat yourself to the best the railway has to offer, hiring your own Driving Experience train might just be for you!

Includes:

  • Take control of one of our Diesel engines and explore the entire line at your leisure
  • Pick the perfect date, time and distance for you, pick between half and full day courses travelling from 12 to around 80 miles
  • Arrange for your guests to travel in style on privately hired carriages or even on board the beautiful 1920s Observation Saloon

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 that yourself or the intended recipient will be able to enjoy the experience to the full.

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Our visitors say…

  • A fantastic day! Driving the train, performing guard duties and coupling/uncoupling the class 50 locomotive. Excellent behind the scenes tour in the afternoon too. Friendly and professional staff and just an awesome day all round!!

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