Severn Valley Railway - Heritage Steam Railway. The Footplate Experience
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Every journey ends with a memory.

Footplate Experience

Realise a lifelong ambition with us

A fantastic opportunity to drive a train!

Footplate Experience - realise your lifelong ambition!

Drive a train on a journey of adventure that you will never forget - Footplate Experiences will return!

Update for Footplate Experience voucher holders; we hope that you and your loved ones are well during these unprecedented times. We'd like to reassure you that your Footplate Experience voucher with the Severn Valley Railway is safe. Because of the current uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, we will extend its validity to November 2022. We're not currently able to say when we can restart Footplate Experiences, but as soon as we know, we will contact you again to tell you. Once it's safe for the Experiences to resume, you'll be able to book a date and enjoy driving a railway locomotive with us. Thank you so much for your understanding and patience. Please stay safe.

Purchase a Footplate Experience gift voucher

We offer the thrill of firing and driving a full-sized steam or diesel locomotive on one of Britain's premier preserved railways. Whether it's to realise a lifelong ambition, or as that very special railway gift, driving a railway locomotive is an amazing adventure...

Our Steam Experiences . . .

Take the driving seat on one of our full-size steam locomotives as you wind your way through the Worcestershire and Shropshire countryside; swing the shovel and stoke the fire, hear the shrill of the whistle echo in the Valley and smell the unmistakable aroma of hot oil and steam as you wave to your family and friends in the carriage behind! Hold onto your cap as the locomotive starts to roll and feel the power of a Golden Age as you experience a journey in steam that you'll never forget.

Compare our 2021 Footplate Experiences here . . .
Experience
Duration Miles driving &
firing
Guests
included
Cost
Start &
Finish

Taster
90 mins 4 3 £250 Bewdley
Introductory
AM/PM
8 4 £395
Bewdley
Intermediate
Full day
16 6
£595 Bewdley
Supreme
Full Day 32 10 £995 Bewdley


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Our Diesel Experience . . .

Choose from our fleet of first-generation British Railways diesel locomotives introduced in the 1950s and 1960s as replacements for an ageing fleet of British steam locomotives. We offer you the choice of both diesel hydraulic and diesel electric locomotives on selected dates throughout the year for you to get your hands on; take control of a diesel locomotive, an engine that revolutionised Britain's railway scene.

 Compare our 2021 Footplate Experiences here . . . (click on Experience type to find out more)
Experience
Duration Miles driving &
secondman
Guests
included
Cost
Start &
Finish

Diesel Full Day 16 6 £450 Kidderminster


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