The Footplate Experience - Diesel Driving Experience
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Diesel Footplate Experience

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A fantastic opportunity to drive a diesel locomotive

Diesel Footplate Experience . . .

£350 per person

There is nothing quite like the sight and sound of a diesel locomotive in full cry! Choose your locomotive and experience the power and surge of adrenaline as you take the controls of your favourite Class on our full day Experience, including a tour of Kidderminster Diesel Depot! Our Diesel Footplate Experiences operate throughout the year utilising our heritage fleet of diesel electric and hydraulic locomotives. The train normally consists of six carriages, weighing approximately 200 tons in which up to six of your guests can travel free of charge.

Diesel locomotives used:

  • Class 14 'Teddy Bear' - No. D9551 Angus - NEW FOR 2018
  • Class 33 - No. 33108 - NEW FOR 2018
  • Class 37 - No. 37688 - NEW FOR 2018
  • Class 40 - No. 40135 - NEW FOR 2018
  • Class 50 - No. 50031 Hood, No. 50035 Ark Royal or No. 50049 Defiance
  • Class 52 'Western' - No. D1015 Western Champion or No. D1062 Western Courier
  • Class 55 'Deltic' - No. 55019 Royal Highland Fusilier - NEW FOR 2018
What's included:
  • Safety briefing before the session commences.
  • Tour of the locomotive engine room, including a start-up procedure demonstration.
  • Travel in the cab; driving for 8 miles, and acting as second man for 8 miles. A further 16 miles is spent in the rear cab of the locomotive (only available when locomotives with 2 cabs are used), and an additional 32 miles spent riding in the private train pulled by the locomotive.
  • Travelling a total journey of 64 miles; going through Bewdley Tunnel, over Victoria Bridge and up Eardington Bank.
  • Tour of award-winning Kidderminster Diesel Depot - NEW FOR 2018
  • Only 8 participants per experience.
  • You can bring along up to 6 guests only who can travel in the carriages behind the locomotive (guests must be over the age of 5) free of charge.
  • Opportunities for photographs.
  • A presentation folder with a certificate and memento of your experience.
The Experience runs from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth, and return, twice during the day, including a tour of Kidderminster Diesel Depot.

Dates
Class Price Availability
Sunday 13th May, 8.45am - 6pm
Class 33
£350 One place available
Monday 14th May, 8.45am - 6pm
Class 55
£350 Fully booked
Tuesday 15th May, 8.45am - 6pm
Class 55
£350 Fully booked
Tuesday 22nd May, 8.45am - 6pm
Class 55
£350 Fully booked
Wednesday 23rd May, 8.45am - 6pm
Class 55
£350
Fully booked
Tuesday 29th May, 8.45am - 6pm
Class 55
£350
Fully booked
Wednesday 30th May, 8.45am - 6pm
Class 55
£350
Fully booked
Sunday 10th June, 8.45am - 6pm
Class 37
£350 Fully booked
Sunday 17th June, 8.45am - 6pm
Class 50 £350 Fully booked
Monday 18th June, 8.45am - 6pm
Class 50 £350 Places available
Monday 16th July, 8.45am - 6pm
Class 50 £350 Fully booked
Sunday 22nd July, 8.45am - 6pm
Class 52
£350 Fully booked
Monday 23rd July, 8.45am - 6pm
Class 52 £350 Two places available
Monday 30th July, 8.45am - 6pm
Class 50 £350 Fully booked
Sunday 5th August, 8.45am - 6pm
Class 52
£350 Places available
Monday 6th August, 8.45am - 6pm
Class 52 £350 Places available
Sunday 12th August, 8.45am - 6pm
Class 40
£350 Places available
Monday 13th August, 8.45am - 6pm
Class 37
£350 Places available
Sunday 19th August, 8.45am - 6pm
Class 40
£350 Fully booked
Monday 20th August, 8.45am - 6pm
Class 40
£350 Places available
Sunday 2nd September, 8.45am - 6pm
Class 52
£350 Places available
Monday 3rd September, 8.45am - 6pm
Class 52 £350  Places available
Sunday 16th September, 8.45am - 6pm
Class 14
£350
Places available

Email to make an enquiry    Call 01562 757900 to book


Class 66 & Class 73/1 Diesel Footplate Experiences

£875 per person
(all proceeds go to GBRf’s chosen charity for 2018 and the Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust).

Have you ever wanted to drive a modern diesel locomotive? Working in partnership with GB Railfreight (GBRf), the Severn Valley Railway is excited to announce a number of exclusive Footplate Experience days using modern diesel locomotives.

Operating in June 2018, you could have the chance to take the controls of a modern diesel locomotive, hauling a carriages or freight vehicles for 16 miles. Believed to be a world first, members of the public will be able to drive a Class 66 or Class 73/1 locomotive along the whole length of the Severn Valley Railway between Kidderminster and Bridgnorth on June 4th or 5th.

The Class 66 Experience on June 4th & 5th includes:
  • Safety briefing before the session commences.
  • Tour of the locomotive engine room, including a start-up procedure demonstration.
  • Travel in the cab; driving for 16 miles, and acting as second man for 16 miles. A further 32 miles is spent in the private train.
  • Travelling a total journey of 64 miles with five hopper wagons and shark brake-van; going through Bewdley Tunnel, over Victoria Bridge and up Eardington Bank.
  • Tour of award-winning Kidderminster Diesel Depot
  • Only 4 participants per experience.
  • Unfortunately, no guests can be accomodated on this Experience
  • Opportunities for photographs.
  • A presentation folder with a certificate and memento of your experience.
The Class 73/1 Experience on June 4th & 5th includes:
  • Safety briefing before the session commences.
  • Tour of the locomotive engine room, including a start-up procedure demonstration.
  • Travel in the cab; driving for 16 miles, and acting as second man for 16 miles. A further 32 miles is spent in the rear cab of the locomotive.
  • Travelling a total journey of 64 miles with four heritage carriages; going through Bewdley Tunnel, over Victoria Bridge and up Eardington Bank.
  • Tour of award-winning Kidderminster Diesel Depot
  • Only 4 participants per experience.
  • You can bring along up to 6 guests only who can travel in the carriages behind the locomotive (guests must be over the age of 5) free of charge.
  • Opportunities for photographs.
  • A presentation folder with a certificate and memento of your experience.
The Class 66, first introduced to Britain’s railways in 1998, is the backbone of modern freight operations throughout the country, and has a whopping 3,000bhp engine. The Class 73/1s can normally be found on engineering trains in the south-east, and very rarely operate passenger trains.

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to realise a lifelong ambition!

Dates
Class Price Availability
Monday 4th June, 8.45am - 5pm
Class 66
£875 Fully booked
Monday 4th June, 10am - 6.30pm
Class 73/1
£875 Places available
Tuesday 5th June, 8.45am - 5pm
Class 66
£875 Fully booked
Tuesday 5th June, 10am - 6.30pm
Class 73/1
£875 Places available

Email to make an enquiry    Call 01562 757900 to book

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