Drive a Diesel Engine


Diesel Engine Driving Course

This course offers one to one tuition on driving a diesel locomotive. By concentrating on manoeuvring and shunting, candidates will gain an appreciation of the skills involved in driving a diesel locomotive. Although booked individually, candidates are taught in pairs. The course starts at 9:30 am, finishing before 1:00 pm, and includes preparation checks, oiling round the locomotive and driving tuition.


A Day Of Unique Experiences

After arriving on site the candidates are taken through a Health & Safety brief outlining the ‘Do’s and Dont’s’ whilst at the railway, a check of the course paperwork making sure that it has been completed correctly and then are introduced to the crew. At this point, being typical locomotive crew, they will probably be given a nice hot cuppa before getting involved in the fun stuff which can include safety checks, oiling round the locomotive and lots of talk of trains and all things railways.

Master the art of Driving a Diesel Locomotive

The next few hours can be quite intensive as you learn to master the art of driving a diesel locomotive and you’ll certainly need to concentrate. After some basic movements in the yard familiarizing yourself with the various levers and gauges you may be faced with the task of shunting a typical train for service. This involves lots of slow speed control and coupling/uncoupling of stock under the guidance and instruction of the Shunter. Once this is completed and the crew are happy that you are comfortable on the controls you will progress to driving on the main part of the railway.

Little Extras for the Ideal Gift

Included in our driving package are a selection of gifts as mementos of the day including a TSR fridge magnet, a TSR coffee cup and a TSR wristband.


Bring the Family

Courses are available on selected days during the running season.

You can also share the experience with up to two guests which includes the chance to travel on the train you are driving and to dine with you in our tearoom. These guests are included in the price.

Additional guests may attend for a charge of £10pp which must be paid for in advance.

Pricing & Booking

Full Day Course £200


Contact Us For Information

All prices shown are per person. Discounts may be available for group bookings. Please enquire for details.

Course Dates

Two places are available for each date unless otherwise indicated. Dates in red indicate a provisional booking on that date.



Additional Information

Once a course has been booked and paid for you will be emailed all the information for the day. Please make sure that you print it, read it and have the candidate sign the relevant sections. This paperwork MUST be handed in on the day before the course commences.

Any candidates or guests with special dietary requirements should make this known to the Commercial team prior to the day.

Please Take Note

Diesel locomotives are amazing pieces of machinery and are a joy to operate. However, they are hazardous places to be especially as you are dealing with diesel and oils. All candidates are advised to wear stout/sturdy footwear, ideally safety shoes/boots, an old pair of jeans and a long-sleeved shirt.