Drive a train for a day - a real footplate experience!

The ultimate gift or the chance to live a childhood ambition! 



Best Tourism Experience - Herald Express Tourism & Hospitality Awards 2015

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You can drive a steam or diesel locomotive on the South Devon Railway under the watchful eye of our experienced footplate crews for a whole day on a dedicated train - and you can bring family and friends along too. It's a truly unforgettable experience!

The South Devon Railway can make your dreams of becoming a train driver possible – with a Steam or Diesel Drive A Train day. Steam days cost £450 per person. Diesel days cost £300 per person. Up to six guests, who will ride in the train, can come along absolutely free. 

South Devon Railway Drive A Train days make a superb and memorable gift too. Simply get in touch with us to book a date and we'll send you a voucher.

Easy booking

This easiest way to book and to check dates, go online.

Alternatively, give us a call on 01364 644370 oemail us.


What to bring

You must be over the age of 18 years and be fit and healthy. You will need to wear old clothes and stout shoes. We will supply a dustcoat and gloves. All trains are, of course, subject to availability.


Drive a STEAM train             Drive a DIESEL train