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 £50


Contact Us For Information

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

Course Dates

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

Diesel footplate

Apr 19th, May 17th, Jun 14th, Jul 19th and Aug 16th

Steam Footplate


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.

If you are booking a diesel footplate experience for someone aged under 16 then please note you will have to book two experiences. One for the under 16yr old an done for the accompanying adult.

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 steam, fire, coal, 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 cotton shirt.

Training shoes, canvas shoes or open shoes are not permitted on the footplate.