Drive a Diesel Train

Drive A Diesel Train
Drive A Diesel Train

Take control of one of our historic diesel locomotives and realise your childhood dream of working as a train driver. We’ll help you become a fully-fledged railway man or woman for the day on the ELR.

A diesel train driving experience on the East Lancashire Railway is exactly that. Your chance to drive a real, heritage diesel locomotive hauled train.

During this hands-on, full day diesel footplate experience, we’ll take you behind the scenes on the ELR, showing you places that the general public never gets to see. You’ll enjoy a hot lunch (you can add on a friend or family member if you like to enjoy the journey, lunch and tour) and then we’ll put you behind the controls of one of our heritage diesel engines.

You’ll learn how to guard and then drive the train yourself as you power along the line.

Book this once in a lifetime diesel train driving experience – an extra special treat for yourself or an unforgettable gift for a loved one.

What’s included

Drive a diesel train on the ELR and you’ll:

  • Get a full safety briefing with the crew
  • Drive  for 8 miles and second man a diesel train for 8 miles
  • Guard  for 8 miles and travel as a passenger for 8 miles on a diesel train
  • Enjoy a hot lunch with the option to include friends and family*
  • Join a half-day guided tour behind the scenes of the East Lancashire Railway
  • Have plenty of wonderful photo opportunities
  • Take home a commemorative certificate

*One guest allowed per participant. Extra charge of £25.00

Dates, times and prices

Our diesel footplate experiences typically take place on a Friday. They last all day, starting at 8.30am at Bury Bolton Street Station and finishing back there at approximately 5.00pm.

Date Locos Book Now
Friday 10 May 2024 Class 37 37109 Book Now
Friday 21 June 2024 Class 40 40012 Book Now
Friday 19 July 2024 Class 45 45108 Book Now
Friday 20 September 2024 Class 5o 50015 Book Now
Friday 18 October 2024 Class 40 40012 Book Now
Friday 8 November 2024 DMU Book Now

The fine print

If you’re considering our Drive a Diesel Train experience, please make sure you read all the details here. A footplate experience can be a labour intensive experience and we want you to enjoy every part of it.

Read our terms and conditions

If you have any questions, just shoot us on email on events@eastlancsrailway.co.uk

Our diesel footplate experiences typically take place on a Friday. They last all day, starting at 8.30am at Bury Bolton Street Station and finishing back there at approximately 5.00pm.

Priced at £495 per person

Friday 21 June

Friday 19 July

Friday 20 September

Friday 18 October

Friday 8 November

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