Drive a Steam Train
Steam Engine Driving Course
This course offers one to one tuition on driving and firing a steam locomotive. By concentrating on manoeuvring and shunting, candidates will gain an appreciation of the skills involved in driving and firing a steam locomotive.
The course comprises of three components, driving, firing and shunting/guard. Courses are booked individually although candidates are taught in groups of three and rotate around these three components of the course.
A Full Day Of Unique Experiences
The course starts at 08:30 am and lasts until approximately 3:30pm.
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 are then 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, lighting up, oiling round the locomotive and lots of talk of trains and all things railways.
Once all these elements of the course have been completed then it’s time to head to the tearoom while the locomotive raises steam and builds up pressure.
At the tearoom our candidates and their guests can enjoy breakfast and later on lunch and experience has taught us that this is where the candidates bond over drinks and good food. Once dining has finished it’s back to the locomotive around mid-morning where the serious business of learning to drive begins.
Master the art of Driving a Steam Locomotive
The next 3 – 4 hours can be quite intensive as you learn to master the art of driving a steam locomotive and you’ll certainly need to concentrate.
After some basic movements in the yard familiarising 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.
You will typically gain two full round trips on each component of the course for a total of six round trips, although we sometimes sneak in an extra trip or two, time/weather permitting.
Little Extras for the Ideal Gift
Included in our driving package are a selection of gifts as mementos of the day.
These include a book of railways in the local area which includes the route of the TSR, 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 four family and friends which includes the chance to travel on the train you are driving and to dine with you in our tearoom. These four guests are included in the price.
Additional guests may attend for a charge of £10pp.
Pricing & Booking
Full Day Course £395
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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
Steam 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 hot pressurised steam and a naked fire.
All candidates are advised to wear stout/sturdy footwear, ideally safety shoes/boots, an old pair of jeans and a long sleeved shirt. Cotton or denim is best for a shirt. We do have a limited amount of overalls/dustcoats but the sizes are random.
The best option is to bring your own overalls with you and a pair of gloves to protect your hands. Flat caps are optional. A clean pair of clothes to change in to when you have finished is also recommended in case you fall in to the coal bin.