Steam Locomotive Experience with Pitchford Hall
Have you ever dreamt about taking to the footplate of a steam 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 ex Great Western 4-6-0 Hall class locomotive "Pitchford Hall", 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.
On 12 June we are pleased to offer a first and only opportunity to partake in a steam locomotive experience with Pitchford Hall.
Costing just £495, you will first be shown around the engine, familiarising yourself with the various components, before bringing her up to pressure and venturing out onto the running line, all whilst under the watchful eye of one our experienced crews.
As part of your experience you will learn the art of 'firing' a steam loco as well as mastering the driving controls on a round trip of 8 miles each (16 miles in total). Whilst one participant is firing, the other is driving. Later on you change roles. in this way you take both turns at driving and firing for each other to work as a steam 'crew'.
This opportunity is only available on 12 June.
Three sessions are available at the following times:
What You Get
All participants of our experience courses will not just get to drive a locomotive but will receive the following as well:
- Certificate of completion
- DVD of the railway's history
- Visit to North Weald engine shed
- Visit to North Weald signal box
- EOR Mug
- EOR Pen and Bookmark
- A guaranteed good time
Other steam driver experiences
For details of our standard steam driver experience course, please follow this link.
Booking for Pitchford Hall Driving and Firing Experiences
Use the booking menu below. If you'd like pay by cheque or bank transfer then please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you're buying this as a gift can you please provide the participant's name and send a note of your booking to email@example.com and we'll take care of the rest.
We look forward to seeing you on the footplate!
Course participants must be at least 18 years old and moderately physically fit, as they need to be able to gain access to and work within the confines of a locomotive cab. We do not apply an upper age limit; as long as participants are reasonably fit, agile, mentally capable and able to hear, understand and comply with instructions fully. If you have any concerns about this, we ask that you contact us to discuss prior to booking a course. This is to ensure everyone's safety and prevent possibly damaging our historic locomotives.
Full terms and conditions for our driver experiences can be found here.