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FOOTPLATE EXPERIENCE DAY

BOOKING INFORMATION & TERMS & CONDITIONS

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.

The Footplate Experience Day and Guided Tour may not be suitable for those with some disabilities, particularly where these affect mobility, concentration, dexterity, co-ordination and ability to understand and follow instructions. We advise you to contact us prior to booking one of our experiences if you believe this may affect the participant and/or guests and to ensure the activities are suitable. We reserve the right to terminate, without refund, your Footplate Experience day if it is deemed unsafe on the day for the participant to take part in the Footplate Experience by the Footplate Experience Manager or by a member of our staff.

Guests: It is only possible for you to bring a limited number of guests with you on your experience day. Please see table below.

Bronze Steam Footplate Experience – Monday /Friday - 2 guests per participant (lunch & tour included)
Bronze Steam Footplate Experience - Saturday - 5 guests per participant (NO tour or lunch included)
Silver Steam Footplate Experience – Monday/Friday/Saturday - 3 guests per participant (lunch included)
Bronze Diesel Footplate Experience – Monday - 2 guests per participant (lunch & tour included)
Bronze Diesel Footplate Experience – Friday - 5 guests per participant (NO tour or lunch included)
Bronze Diesel Footplate Experience - Saturday - 5 guests per participant (NO tour of lunch included)
Silver Diesel Footplate Experience – Monday/Friday/Saturday - 3 guests per participant (lunch included)

If your guests wish to have lunches or tours, these can be provided for an extra charge, these should preferably be included with your booking and certainly advised to the Footplate Experience Manager no later than two weeks before your Footplate Experience Day. Please note that we cannot guarantee a lunch to extra guests arriving on the day who have not been confirmed as booked in.

Children/Dogs - Children/dogs are not allowed on the guided tours but are permitted to travel in the coaches behind the locomotive when driven by Footplate Experience participants. Dogs are not allowed in areas where food or drinks are being served with the exception of guide/assistance dogs.

Clothing & Footwear: Participants must wear stout shoes or boots (preferably steel toe cap boots) and avoid wearing polyester or nylon trousers. Overalls and gloves are provided for participants to wear on the footplate and high visibility vests for use when Participants and Guests are on the guided tour.

Guided Tours: The guided tours are over rough ground and involve a fair amount of walking (approx 2 miles) whilst visiting the Metrolink Bridge, Locomotive and Carriage works and Bury South Signal Box. Only guests wearing sensible walking shoes will be allowed to participate in these tours for their own safety. (This means wearing flat walking shoes or boots not canvas pumps/sandals or fashion shoes). We reserve the right to refuse inclusion on Guided Tours to anyone not wearing appropriate footwear.

Dietary Requirements: If you or your guests have any special dietary requirements, please advise at the time of booking, (Vegetarian, cœliac etc.).

Alcohol & Drugs: Participants and Guests must not come on the Footplate Experience day under the effects of alcohol, or any drugs which may affect their vigilance, whether medically prescribed or not, or consume such while on the Footplate Experience day. Meals are taken in our Platform 3 buffet and Footplate Experience Participants and Guests are not permitted to consume any alcoholic refreshments until the day's experience has finished. We reserve the right to terminate, without refund, your Footplate Experience day if we believe you or your guests to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Safety Information: All Participants will receive Safety Information which they and their Guests should familiarise themselves with, prior to the date of their Footplate Experience. On the day of their Footplate Experience, Participants and their Guests will receive a short Safety Briefing relevant to the day’s activities.

Mobile Phones /Photographic Equipment – When the locomotive is in motion, participants are prohibited from using mobile telephones/other interactive mobile devices and photographic equipment whilst Driving or Firing. Opportunities for photographs on the footplate are available once the locomotive has come to a stand and secured by the crew.

Due to the high cost of running Footplate Experience Days, we are unable to make any refunds or arrange alternative dates once a firm booking has been confirmed.

Vouchers with an allocated date are valid for that day only.

We will permit you to transfer the place to someone else yourself, under the same booking conditions, but you must advise us of the details immediately they are known.

Open vouchers are valid for a Footplate Experience to be taken within one year from the date of purchase.

We will permit you to take your Footplate Experience on a date after the expiry date on the voucher provided we receive an additional payment to cover any increase in costs applicable when the Footplate Experience is taken.

We reserve the right to cancel a Footplate Experience Day in the event of circumstances beyond our control, but we will issue customers with alternative date.

Locomotives will be used from the current fleet available and cannot be specified in advance.

Memberships – The free membership offered by the East Lancashire Railway Preservation Society runs until the 31st December of the current year and is renewable on 1st January. Person’s joining after 1st October will receive membership up to the 31st December of the following year. By accepting the free membership offered by the East Lancashire Railway Preservation Society, you are agreeing for the East Lancashire Railway Preservation Society to hold your details on file for ELR purposes only. Please allow up to 4 weeks for your application to be processed.

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