Driver for a Tenner

Credit: Julia Nest,




Ever thought what it would be like to take the controls of a locomotive?

Well you can!
With our Driver for a Tenner.



For just £10, one of our drivers will welcome you onto the footplate of our locomotive at the sidings by our Engine Shed. They will show you the wonderful dials and controls and what it takes to drive one of these beautiful feats of engineering. Then blow the whistle and away you go, absorbing the thrill of driving a real locomotive!

Driver for a Tenner is run on a first come first served basis, so you do not need to book ahead. If you would like to buy a gift voucher please click on the link below, otherwise you can pay the driver on the day.
To take part in Driver for a Tenner please make your way to the sidings by the Engine Shed and our crew will be waiting to show you the amazing joy of driving a locomotive.


Our general advice is that children under 5 years old are likely to be a bit frightened, so we do not recommend Driver for a Tenner for them. Children between 5 and 16 years old are welcome to have a go providing they are accompanied by a responsible adult and it is always at the Driver’s discretion. Please speak with the Driver beforehand if you have any questions.


Credit: Julia Nest,


Dates for 2018

March 24th, 25th, 30th & 31st

April 1st & 2nd

May 7th, 26th, 27th & 28th

June 17th

July 24th

August 1st, 11th, 25th, 26th & 27th

Please note all dates subject to availability.


To buy a Driver For a Tenner Gift Voucher click here



Terms & Conditions

Every effort will be made to run Driver for a Tenner according to the timetable but unforeseen circumstances may mean alteration or cancellation.
The East Somerset Railway reserves the right to vary the locomotive running for Driver for a Tenner without prior notice.