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!

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 2019 Footplate Experiences here . . . (click on Experience type to find out more)
 Experience
Duration Miles driving &
firing
Guests
included
Cost
Start &
Finish

 Taster 90 mins 4 3 £175
Bewdley
 Introductory AM/PM
8 4 £365 or £395
Bewdley
 Intermediate Full Day
16
6 £495 Bewdley
 Autotrain Full day
32
6
£750
Bewdley
 Supreme Full Day
32 10 £895
Bewdley
 Private Full Day
64 25 £2,600 Variable


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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 2019 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 £365
Kidderminster


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