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Riding the footplate
Climb into the diesel cab

Working to a budget? Get a taste of life on a footplate with one of our great value Footplate Rides. Relish the experience as you travel alongside the professional crew of veteran drivers and fireman, one warning though, one trip may not be enough!

Dates, Times and Prices

Steam Footplate Ride Dates and prices

Hop on board and take a quick trip on a steam footplate with a professional crew! The sights, the sounds, the incredible atmosphere, this is a great value experience for those looking to get a taste of the loco life.
Each experience includes:
• An 8 mile trip on the footplate of a steam locomotive
• A Day Rover Ticket for customer and one guest
• A commemorative certificate

Date Price Book Now
13 February £110 Book Now
7 April £110 Book Now
9 April £110 Book Now
13 April £110 Book Now
14 April £110 Book Now
20 April £110 Book Now
21 April £110 Book Now
7 May £110 Book Now
11 May £110 Book Now
12 May £110 Book Now
25 May £110 Book Now
1 June £110 Book Now
8 June £110 Book Now
9 June £110 Book Now
11 June £110 Book Now
22 June £110 Book Now
23 June £110 Book Now
7 July £110 Book Now
13 July £110 Book Now
16 July £110 Book Now
20 July £110 Book Now
21 July £110 Book Now
4 August £110 Book Now
10 August £110 Book Now
13 August £110 Book Now
18 August £110 Book Now
1 September £110 Book Now
7 September £110 Book Now
15 September £110 Book Now
21 September £110 Book Now
8 October £110 Book Now
26 October £110 Book Now

 Diesel Cab Rides Dates and Prices

There’s nothing quite like powering along on a roaring diesel train; and now you can enjoy the experience from the best seat in the house, the drivers cab! Our Diesel Rides offer fantastic value and an unforgettable experience.
Each experience includes:
• An 8 mile trip on the cab of a diesel locomotive
• A Day Rover Ticket for customer and one guest
• A commemorative certificate

Date Locomotive Price Book Now
27 February 31466 £110 Book Now
26 March 50015 'Valiant' £110 Book Now
14 May D7076 'Hymek' £110 Book Now
25 June TBC £110 Book Now
23 July TBC £110 Book Now
20 August TBC £110 Book Now
17 September TBC  £110 Book Now
22 October TBC £110 Book Now

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

Gift Vouchers

If you would like to purchase a footplate ride as a present for that special someone in your life then perhaps consider a gift voucher. Our vouchers are available for all of the courses that we offer and come with a 12 month validity, allowing plenty of time for the lucky recipient to book one of our many courses. Our gift vouchers come presented in a special Footplate Gift Card that contains all of the information you need to know.


Participants must:

  • Be aged between 18 and 75 at the time of the experience. Participants over the age of 70 MUST provide a medical certificate from their Doctor to state fitness, this must be made available to the railway before the day of the activity.
  • Be in good health. For emergency evacuation you must be fit enough 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.
  • Able to read (with glasses or contact lenses if necessary) a car number plate from 20 metres.
  • You must be able to hear and understand verbal instructions in noisy surroundings.
  • Disclose any medical conditions and treatment/medication that mat affect mobility, concentration, dexterity, co-ordination or consciousness.

Before booking please read our Terms & Conditions.

Our visitors say…

  • The staff are friendly and polite, the stations are very clean as are the carriages, they have a good selection of steam and diesel locomotives and DMUs.

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