Drive a real train!

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

Drive a steam or diesel locomotive on the South Devon Railway under the watchful eye of our experienced footplate crews.

The South Devon Railway can make it possible – with a Steam or Diesel Footplate Experience day. Steam experience days cost £400 per person. Diesel experience days cost £275 per person. Up to six guests, who will ride in the train, are free. All courses are subject to availability.

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. 

South Devon Railway footplate experience courses make a superb and memorable gift. The current list of dates is on the booking form (link below), but we recommend you check dates and availability  with us by calling 0843 357 1420 or emailing us. Either book by phone, by email or fill in the booking form and send it to us.

What our customers say!

"When I found out about my footplate experience on my birthday this year (it was a present from my wife, Valerie) I was delighted about the present but shocked at the price she had to pay for it.  This is because I thought we would be just riding on the footplate of a service train. After the actual experience I now realise that it's fantastic value for money and I really don't know how you do it for the price. 

You see, at no time was it clear to me.....that you were going to provide a private train for 'experiencees' and their guests. You do make reference to the fact that we would be passing the service train so it is implicit in your material but I really think you should make it explicit and trumpet the words - YOUR OWN PRIVATE TRAIN - from the rooftops!

Thank you again for a wonderful day.

Terry McAuliffe"