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The only way to see the Irwell Valley

 

There really is nothing quite like it, the thrill, the sounds and the smells and the sense of real accomplishment as you reach your hard won destination, yes there is nothing to compare with piloting a Steam Engine. Ideal for those who want adventure to distant horizons, at speed and under the power of steam!

Dates, Times and Prices

Bronze Steam Footplate Experience:

This full day course will see you take full control of the locomotive on a round journey along the line.

Each experience includes:

• Safety briefing and basic instruction

• Half-day driving and firing for 16 miles and guarding and train travel for a further 16 miles between our Heywood and Ramsbottom     stations*.

• Lunch for participant with option to include guests** 

• Explore behind the scenes during a half-day guided tour

• Photographic opportunities

• A commemorative certificate signed by your Driver and Fireman

Date Price Book Now  
23 September £375 Click here to book online Limited places available!
7 October £375 Click here to book online Limited places available!
10 October £375 Fully Booked  
21 October £375 Click here to book online  
24 October £375 Click here to book online  
4 November £375 Fully Booked  
18 November £375 Click here to book online  
21 November £375 Fully Booked  

*Subject to availability. Route may be changed to Bury to Rawtenstall.

**Up to 2 guests can accompany the participant on the tour and enjoy lunch for £13.50 per person. Lunch and/or Tour are available separately. Travel on the train while the participant takes part in the course is included.

Silver Steam Footplate Experience

The ultimate pre-made package for those who want to live the full steam experience, the Silver Steam Course includes a full day of driving, firing and even guarding the locomotive on several round trips of the ELR. A hearty lunch is also provided to keep your own fires stoked and burning.

Each experience includes:

• Safety briefing and basic instruction

• Full-day driving and firing for 32 miles and guarding and travel for a further 32 miles between our Heywood and Ramsbottom stations*

• Lunch for participant with option to include guests**

• Photographic opportunities

• A commemorative certificate signed by your Driver and Fireman

All our 2016 Silver Steam Footplate Experiences are now fully booked, please keep checking our website for our 2017 dates.

*Subject to availability. Route may be changed to Bury to Rawtenstall.

**Up to 2 guests can accompany the participant and enjoy lunch for £9.00 per person. Lunch is available separately. Travel on the train while the participant takes part in the course is included.

You can also book by calling 0161 764 7790 (lines open daily 10am - 4pm).

Gift Vouchers

If you want purchase a Footplate Experience as a gift then maybe our Gift Vouchers would be more appropriate. Our vouchers are available for all the courses we offer and come with a 12 month validity, so there is plenty of time for the recipient to book on one of our many courses. Our gift vouchers come presented in a special Footplate Gift Card with all the information you will need to know.

To purchase a voucher just click here.

Important Note:

Participants (*and guests attending the Guided Tour) must:
• *Be physically fit and aged over 18 at the time of the experience. Our risk assessment process requires that a doctor’s letter be provided confirming that participants over the age of 75 are medically fit and capable to participate in the Footplate Experience. This must be made available to the railway before the day of the activity.
• Be able, in the event of an emergency evacuation; to climb on/off the locomotive from ground level unaided, this may be up to a 3 metre (10 feet) vertical climb with steps at up to 0.6M (2ft) spacing. You must also be able to cope with discomfort, variable temperatures, weather and lighting, heights (viaducts and bridges), dark (tunnel), noise and vibration.
• Be able to read (with glasses or contact lenses, if necessary) a car number plate from 20 metres.
• Must be able to hear and understand verbal instructions in noisy surroundings.
• *Disclose any medical conditions and treatment/medication that may affect mobility, concentration, dexterity, co-ordination, consciousness and ability to understand and follow instructions.

Before booking, please read our Terms & Conditions.

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Our visitors say…

  • Since my childhood I've had a passion for steam engines but never got to drive one. My family corrected this by treating me to a "driver for the day" package where I was the guard, the fireman and the driver...

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