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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!

£425.00 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 2019**

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

2019 Dates

Date Locomotive Duration Drive/Fire Mileage Guard/Travel Mileage Route Cost Booking
22/02/2019 TBC  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Bury - Rawtenstall  £425.00  Book Now
01/03/2019 TBC  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Bury - Rawtenstall  £425.00  Book Now
22/03/2019 TBC  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Bury - Rawtenstall  £425.00  Book Now
29/03/2019 TBC  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Bury - Rawtenstall  £425.00  Book Now
26/04/2019 TBC  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Bury - Rawtenstall  £425.00  Book Now
29/04/2019 TBC  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Bury - Rawtenstall  £425.00  Book Now
13/05/2019 TBC  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Bury - Rawtenstall  £425.00  Book Now
17/05/2019 TBC  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Bury - Rawtenstall  £425.00  Book Now
03/06/2019 TBC  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Bury - Rawtenstall  £425.00  Book Now
07/06/2019 TBC  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Bury - Rawtenstall  £425.00  Book Now
17/06/2019 TBC  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Bury - Rawtenstall  £425.00  Book Now
12/07/2019 TBC  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Bury - Rawtenstall  £425.00  Book Now
15/07/2019 TBC  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Bury - Rawtenstall  £425.00  Book Now
19/07/2019 TBC  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Bury - Rawtenstall  £425.00  Book Now
12/08/2019 TBC  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Bury - Rawtenstall  £425.00  Book Now
19/08/2019 TBC  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Bury - Rawtenstall  £425.00  Book Now
02/09/2019 TBC  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Bury - Rawtenstall  £425.00  Book Now
16/09/2019 TBC  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Bury - Rawtenstall  £425.00  Book Now
27/09/2019 TBC  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Bury - Rawtenstall  £425.00  Book Now
07/10/2019 TBC  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Bury - Rawtenstall  £425.00  Book Now
14/10/2019 TBC  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Bury - Rawtenstall  £425.00  Book Now
25/10/2019 TBC  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Bury - Rawtenstall  £425.00  Book Now
08/11/2019 TBC  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Bury - Rawtenstall  £425.00  Book Now
15/11/2019 TBC  Full Day 16 Miles 16 Miles  Bury - Rawtenstall  £425.00  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.

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…

  • I can highly recommend this experience from arriving in the morning we were looked after by friendly and professional staff and volunteers. We found the walking tour very interesting and were encouraged to ask about questions. The highlight of the day was driving the train which cannot be beaten. I would recommend this to everyone who is interested in trains or engineering. Well done East Lancashire railway a 5 star experience.

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