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A Drive a Steam Train participant firing a locomotive
Two Drive a Train participants riding on the footplate of a steam locomotive

Drive a Steam Train Experiences

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!

£449.00 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 2020**

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

Monday 1 Jun £449 Book Now
Mon 8 Jun £449 Book Now
Friday 19 Jun £449 Book Now
Monday 22 Jun £449 Book Now
Friday 10 Jul £449 Book Now
Friday 17 Jul £449 Book Now
Monday 10 Aug £449 Book Now
Monday 24 Aug £449 Book Now
Monday 14 Sep  £449 Book Now
Friday 25 Sep £449 Book Now
Monday 28 Sep £449 Book Now
Monday 5 Oct £449 Book Now 
Friday 16 Oct £449 Book Now 
Monday 26 Oct £449 Book Now
Friday 6 Nov £449 Book Now
Friday 20 Nov £449 Book Now

 * Two guests allowed per participant. Extra charge of £10.00 per lunch and £5.00 per person for a guided tour.

** The cut off point for complimentary East Lancashire Railway memberships is October 2020. Memberships registered after this point will expire December 2021.Memberships are registered from the date of participation, not the date of booking.

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.

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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