Driver and Signal Box Experiences

Steam and Diesel Driver Experience

Have you ever dreamt about taking to the footplate of a steam or diesel locomotive, feeling the power of the engine as it hauls a train along a full size railway? We can now offer you the opportunity to drive an engine from our home fleet, getting a truly authentic experience as you control the locomotive and train, complete with coaches behind, tackling our challenging gradients, obeying the signals and stopping at platforms.

We are not currently running our driver experience courses. To be advised when they will restart please contact us.

Signalbox Experience

Have you ever wondered how the movement of trains is controlled on a busy railway such that trains, locomotives and rolling stock are in the right place at the right time? Unlike signalling simulators, if the sequence of signalling is wrong our trains really can get stuck in the wrong place causing genuine inconvenience to real people. So, why not come and learn for yourself how it's done at one of our signalbox experience days.

We offer signalbox experience days on selected operating days throughout the year.

Follow this link for further information and to book.

Why not buy an experience day as a gift?

You can also buy gift cards for our Steam and Diesel driver experiences, and our signal box experiences by following this link. These make the ideal unusual birthday or Christmas gift!