Drive a Train

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

Experience the thrill of driving and firing a real Great Western Railway steam locomotive or heritage British Railways main line diesel engine, under the watchful eye of our experienced footplate crews.

Your experience will last all day with round trips along our line; you will get a chance to take control of the locomotive on a dedicated train and receive a personalised certificate at end of the experience.

You can bring along up to six friends or family, who will travel free in the dedicated train, so they can be a part of your memorable day. There will be plenty of opportunities for pictures so make sure someone brings a camera!

Drive a Steam Train

Book on at Buckfastleigh at 8.30 in the morning and enjoy a tour of the station site, including the running shed where you will see your locomotive being prepared for the day and be introduced to your crew. You’ll then have the chance to experience life on the footplate!

There will be up to four separate participants on each course and two people at a time will travel on the engine with the driver and fireman. Each participant can also bring up to six guests for the day to travel on in the carriages and capture the moment on film. Whilst one acts as fireman, the other will take the regulator of a Great Western Railway steam engine.

The other participants will join the guests and travel on ‘the cushions’ with the guard to wait their turn. The four participants change over regularly during the day so that everyone has equal time on the footplate. After four round trips, your day will finish at about 5.00 p.m. Participants need to be over 18 and generally fit and healthy to take part in a Steam Drive a Train experience day. If in doubt, do not hesitate to contact us.

Drive a Steam Train days cost £525 per person

Drive a Diesel Train

Book on at Buckfastleigh at 8.30 in the morning and enjoy a tour of the station site, including the running shed where you will see your locomotive being prepared for the day and be introduced to your crew. You’ll then have the chance to experience life on the footplate!

You will have a full day of action and enjoyment as you make two round trips (28 miles) in the cab of one of our British Railways heritage diesels. On one trip there will be the chance to act as the second man. On the other trip, it is time to occupy the driver’s seat and take charge of the train.

The other participants travel on ‘the cushions’ with the guests and guard to wait their turn. The four participants change over regularly during the day so that everyone has equal time on the footplate. Your day will finish at about 5.00 p.m.

Up to a maximum of four people can book on each course. Drive a Diesel Train days cost £375 per person.

Online Booking

Bookings for your Drive a Steam Train experience are now open.

NOTE: If you’re giving this experience as a gift, contact us after making the booking to let us know the participant’s name.

Online Booking

Bookings for your Drive a Diesel Train experience are now open. 

NOTE: If you’re giving this experience as a gift, contact us after making the booking to let us know the participant’s name.

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