Driver Taster Session

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Have a taste of driving our Steam Engine on the main line!

Join our crew on the footplate and see how they operate their wonderful steam engine, with hands on tuition from our experienced Driver and Fireman.


Our Driver Taster Session lasts one and a half hours and you will accompany the crew as they take a passenger train over our line. After receiving their expert guidance you will then take a turn at driving the steam engine only, one way over the line (approximately two and a half miles of driving).

To add to your Driver Taster Session you will receive two complimentary day rover vouchers for family and friends to use on the day of your footplate course (your family and friends need to show their vouchers at the Ticket Office and they will be exchanged for day rover tickets).
On completion of your Driver Taster Session you will be presented with a certificate of your achievement.

Driver Taster Sessions happen on specific days during our running season and are limited to two people per session, either at 10.45am to 12.15pm, 12.15pm to 1.45pm or 3.15pm to 4.45pm (finish times are approximate).

*Please Note*
Driving a steam loco is physically demanding and can be hard work. You will need to be at least 16 years of age, in good health and reasonably fit as you will be climbing up and down from the footplate, as well as operating heavy controls.


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Driver Taster Sessions are £100 per person.


For Driver Taster Session dates and to book online click here


For details on our Standard and Premier and Footplate Experience Courses please click here


*Please Note*
Due to the complexity of the organisation involved in operating these courses we are unable to give refunds for any reason.