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!

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...

The safety and well-being of our volunteers, staff and customers is of the utmost importance and to that end we are monitoring the situation regarding COVID-19 and following all Government guidelines. Therefore, it is with regret to announce that due to the ongoing national emergency, all Footplate Experiences due to operate in 2020 will be postponed to 2021. We are working hard on enhancing our safe methods of working for footplate crews so our Footplate Experiences will return next year. As soon as our dates for 2021 are confirmed, they will be available to book for those with vouchers, and then released to the public.

We need all the financial support we can get in this challenging period as we rely on footfall to keep us running. As you can imagine, the temporary closure of the Railway is having a devastating effect on our finances and your understanding, patience and co-operation is appreciated and we thank you all in advance for your ongoing support.

We are still taking bookings for Footplate Experience vouchers, so please don't hesitate to get in touch.

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 2020 Footplate Experiences here . . .
Duration Miles driving &
Start &

90 mins 4 3 £195 Bewdley
8 4 £375
Full day
16 6
£510 Bewdley
Full Day 32 10 £910 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 2020 Footplate Experiences here . . . (click on Experience type to find out more)
Duration Miles driving &
Start &

Diesel Full Day 16 6 £375 Kidderminster

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