Locomotive Footplate Experience


Footplate Experience

The railway offers individuals the opportunity to ride on the footplate of either our steam or diesel locomotive giving them an appreciation of the skills involved in driving a locomotive. These are available in the afternoon on selected running days during the summer season subject to availability. Please note that we cannot carry anyone under the age of 16yrs old on the footplate of a steam locomotive. We can, however, carry them in the cab of a diesel locomotive if accompanied by an adult.


Pricing & Booking

Per Trip £40

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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.

April 27th (Steam) – 2:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:00pm & 3:30pm
May 12th (Diesel) – 1:30pm, 2:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:00pm & 3:30pm
May 26th (Steam) – Sold out

June 9th (Diesel) – 1:30pm, 2:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:00pm & 3:30pm
July 14th (Diesel) – 1:30pm, 2:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:00pm & 3:30pm
July 28th (Steam) -1:30pm, 2:30pm & 3:30pm
August 11th (Diesel) – 1:30pm, 2:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:00pm & 3:30pm
8th (Steam) – 1:30pm, 2:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:00pm & 3:30pm
September 15th (Diesel) – 2:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:00pm & 3:30pm

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.

Please Take Note

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.