- Always wanted to drive a steam locomotive?
- Looking for an extra-special present for a railway enthusiast?
- Always wanted to travel on the footplate?
We are pleased to announce that we have the following dates available in 2014 for our Driver Experience days:
- SATURDAY 5TH APRIL (ONLY 1 SPACE REMAINING)
- SATURDAY 12TH APRIL
- SATURDAY 18TH OCTOBER
- SATURDAY 25TH OCTOBER
We have designed the days to reflect our industrial heritage. You can help to get the locomotive into steam, and then have the hands on experience of driving in the yard before the full round trip of the line with a coal train, reminiscent of what it would have been like when the collieries were operating. There will also be opportunities to participate in shunting the wagons. You will get expert guidance from our fully trained driver and fireman who will help to make your day something to remember.
The whole day, including cups of tea/coffee but excluding meals, will be just 200 pounds per person! We send out a gift voucher and letter to the participant to form part of a gift or just as a surprise!
We do ask that the person who is having the experience is physically able to climb up and down the locomotive steps, has no illness or injury that may impair their vision and is over 18 years old. We also ask that each person brings with them boots, gloves and overalls/boiler suit as you can get dirty during the day from the coal.
We only book a maximum of 3 people on any driver experience day. This ensures all participants have a good long turn driving during the day with us. There is no upper age limit and we have had many octogenarians and above have a fantastic day with us!
Our onsite tea room will be open all day where you can purchase hot/cold drinks and hot/cold snacks at your leisure.
Family and friends are welcome on the day, and they will be able to ride in the brake van and/or carriages depending on the train make up on the day. You are welcome to take photographs on the day. A complimentary Certificate of Experience of the day will be presented along with a bag of Chasewater Railway goodies.
Please contact Dan on 01543 452623 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for booking information.