Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, A great way to spend a day...
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Main line diesel One of our main line diesel locomotives
At the controls Taking the controls
Bronze Drive a Diesel Day

Spend the day learning about the operation of a Diesel train as part of a small group of individuals who have also received this gift. One of our experienced drivers will introduce you to railway operations in the morning before lunch at a local establishment. The afternoon allows you to journey some of the Ecclesbourne Valley, taking it in turns at the controls.

From just £239.00!

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Features:

  • Opportunities to drive either diesel railcar or diesel shunting locomotive then large main line diesel
  • Lunch included for participant and one guest
  • Dates throughout the year
  • Approx. 10:00 until 16:00
  • Where possible guests may be able to ride on the train and purchase lunch from the Buffet Menu
Bronze Drive a Diesel Railcar

Did you watch the driver through the front window? We have a fleet of beautifully restored heritage diesel multiple units and you will be given instruction in a small group to be able to master the controls.

From just £199.00!

Please call 01629 823076 to book.

Features:

  • Opportunities to drive a heritage diesel railcar
  • Lunch included at a local establishment
  • Dates throughout the year
  • Approx. 10:00 until 16:00
  • Guests may travel with you and purchase lunch from the Buffet Menu
Silver Drive a Diesel Day

Upgrade to our Silver experience and enjoy the day to yourself! Spend the day learning to drive diesel trains on your own with our experienced crew. Take lunch at a local establishment before taking a full length trip down the valley at the controls.

From just £799.00!

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Features:

  • Drive either a diesel railcar or diesel shunter in the morning and a large main line diesel locomotive in the afternoon on your own
  • Lunch included for yourself and one guest. Other guests may purchase lunch from the Buffet Menu
  • Dates throughout the year
  • Approx. 10.00 until 16:00
Gold Drive a Diesel Day

This very special day provides for only one participant who will receive dedicated instruction on a large Diesel locomotive. During the morning the locomotive will operate with a guards brake van followed by lunch at a local establishment for you and up to three guests. During the afternoon the locomotive will haul a train of passenger coaches along the entire length of the line where other skills will be learnt. On completion of the day a presentation pack will be given to mark this wonderful event.

From just £1,199.00!

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Features:

  • All day tuition on one of our main line diesel locomotives on your own
  • Operating with a guards brake van in the morning and passenger coaching stock in the afternoon
  • Lunch for you and up to three guests at a local establishment
  • Dates throughout the year
  • Approx. 10.00 until 16:00
  • Presentation pack to mark the end of a special day

Steam experience One of steam locomotives during an experience
At the controls Shovelling the coal

Why not take control of one of our steam engines under the supervision of our experienced drivers and firemen?

The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Association is offering one and two hour driving experiences on one of our Andrew Barclay 0-4-0 steam engines at Wirksworth Station. The experiences will involve firing and driving the steam engine in the yard and on the unique 1:27 incline to Ravenstor – the steepest heritage railway line in the country.

One hour experiences cost £110 and two hour ones are £180. Friends and family can ride in the brake van, coupled to the engine, so that they can share the experience!

For further details please contact mikecraft7@btinternet.com. You can also buy online below - you will then be contacted to arrange a date.

Regrettably as of July 2017 all of our steam experience dates for 2017 are now full.

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Driver's Apprentice Experience

Your train awaits! Spend the day assisting the train driver with his duties by helping to prepare and dispose of the service train and taking cab ride journeys through the beautiful Derbyshire countryside alongside him. Experience the sights and sounds from the best seat in the house as your train travels through miles of smiles through the rural Ecclesbourne Valley.

Meet your train crew and, following a short safety brief, accompany the driver to his service train and learn about the preparation of the train for service. Your day will include two return journeys on the full line between Wirksworth and Duffield. At the end of the day, assist the driver with the disposal of the train to finish his duties.

The day is for one participant plus one guest who will be able to travel as a passenger on your train. A light lunch in the Pullman at Wirksworth Station is included. You may also share the experience with your guest by sharing the cab ride experiences throughout the day.

Just £199.00!

Please call 01629 823076 to book.

Features:

  • Assist the driver in the preparation of the service train for the day.
  • Two return journeys in the cab of our diesel railcar between Wirksworth and Duffield.
  • Lunch served for yourself and one guest in the Pullman at Wirksworth.
  • Travel on your train included for one guest. Additional guests may be purchased on the day.
  • Assist the driver in the disposal of the service train at the end of the day.
  • Approx. 7 hours experience.
  • Option to share your experience with your guest and take two cab rides each, if you wish.
  • Available to participants aged 14 or over.

Please note: Participants on this experience do not actually drive.

A Day with a Train Driver

Designed for the less mobile or younger participants, our popular Day with a Train Driver experience allows participants to sit in the driving cab on a service train. Our friendly and knowledgeable crews will talk about the operation of the train on the journey and you will be able to see the line ahead.

Just £149.00!

Please call 01629 823076 to book.

Features:

  • Travel in the driving cab of our diesel railcar watching the driver and seeing the views ahead
  • Lunch in the Pullman Buffet Car for yourself and one guest
  • Available to younger participants, aged 14 or over
  • Approx. 10.00 until 16:00

Please note: Participants on this experience do not actually drive.

All experience participants must be aged 18 or over unless otherwise stated and should wear stout shoes/boots, overalls or old clothes and preferrably have gloves. Participants should be physically fit and able to climb in to a locomotive from ground level. All experiences start at Wirksworth Station!

WyvernRail PLC, Ecclesbourne Valley Railway. Wirksworth Station, Coldwell Street, Wirksworth, Derbyshire. DE4 4FB. 01629 823076. © 2017