The perfect gift or treat for a locomotive enthusiast!


The distinctive sound of a steam locomotive as it climbs the 1 in 56 incline back to Cranmore Station and the roaring furnace firing the engine.

Our Driver Taster Experience gives you the chance to enjoy the excitement of driving and firing a steam locomotive, under the guidance of our skilled and dedicated footplate crews.


During your session you will:

  • Be under the guidence of our expert footplate crew who will share their knowledge and experience with you
  • Take a turn driving the steam engine only, one way over the line (approximately 2.5 miles of driving)

All participants will receive 2 free day rover tickets for family and friends, plus a commemorative certificate from the ESR on completion of your experience.

PLEASE NOTE WE ARE CURRENTLY fully booked for 2024. If you have a prepaid voucher please contact [email protected] to join our cancellation list.



Due to the complexity of the organisation involved in operating the Standard and Premier Footplate Experiences the following conditions apply.


We are unable to offer a refund if course is cancelled within 21 days of booked date. If course is cancelled prior to 21 days a refund will be given minus an administration fee of £40.00


We are unable to accept alterations within 21 days of booked date. If an alteration to the booked date is necessary prior to 21 days an administration fee of £40.00 will be required.

Gift Vouchers 

We are unable to offer a general gift voucher for the DMU Taster Session.  Date and time needs to be pre-booked.