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 in the morning and join the loco crew to help prepare for the day’s activities. You’ll then have the chance to experience life on the footplate! There can be up to four participants on each course and two people at a time will travel on the engine with our driver and fireman. Whilst one participant acts as fireman, the other will take the regulator of a Great Western Railway steam engine.

The other participants 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. Your day will finish at about 5.00 p.m.

Drive a Steam Train days cost £475 per person.

You can book your Drive a Steam Train experience online here, which will also list the dates available, alternatively you can contact us at any time.

 

Drive a Diesel Train

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 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 £350 per person.

You can book your Drive a Diesel Train experience online here, which will also list the dates available, alternatively you can contact us at any time.

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