Footplate Experiences

We have an exciting range of diesel and steam footplate experiences.

NEW FOR 2020: Drivers Eye View

Enjoy a return journey from Wirksworth to Duffield with an interrupted drivers eye view of the valley slipping by from the cab of one of our diesel railcars.

Selected dates and times. £50.00 including a day rover ticket for the day. Guests may purchase a ticket on the day and ride in the passenger saloon.

NEW FOR 2020: Drive the Dream

Taste the dream of driving one of our heritage diesel locomotives with a return journey from Wirksworth to Shottle at the controls. Get expert one-to-one guidance from our instructor during the one hour session and feel the power at your fingertips.

Selected dates and times. £99.00 including complementary day rover for the rest of the day. Guests may wait at the station for your return.

Find out more

Bronze Drive a Diesel Day

Our most popular diesel driving experience! Take the controls as part of a small group and spend the whole day learning to drive along the valley. Following a tour of Wirksworth site, you will take the controls of one of our heritage railcars under the guidance of one of our skilled instructors and take it in turns to drive to Duffield and back. Take in the local atmosphere with a hearty pub lunch in a local establishment before feeling the power of one of our main line diesel locomotives in the afternoon.

Full day experience 10:00 until 16:00. Includes lunch and travel for the participant and one guest. Selected dates through the year. Locomotive runs 'light-engine'. Just £249.00.

Book online now

Silver Drive a Diesel Day

Upgrade to our Silver experience and enjoy the full day with one-to-one tuition firstly on one of our award-winning heritage railcars and then one of our main line diesel locomotives after lunch.

Full day experience for yourself and no other participants 10:00 until 16:00. Includes lunch for yourself and one guest. Selected dates. Locomotive runs 'light engine'. Just £799.00.

Please call us on 01629 823076 to book.

Gold Drive a Diesel Day

Upgrade to our Gold experience and enjoy the full day with one-to-one tuition using one of our heritage diesel locomotives all day. In the morning you'll learn the handling of the locomotive 'light-engine' under the guidance of our skilled instructor and, following a pub lunch in a local establishment, learn to master the locomotive with a rake of coaching stock in tow.

Full day experience for yourself and no other participants 10:00 until 16:00. Includes lunch for yourself and up to 3 guests. Selected dates. Just £1149.00.

Please call us on 01629 823076 to book.

Drive a Diesel Railcar Day

The perfect day for the heritage railcar enthusiast! Spend the day in a small group learning about the operation and handling of one of the first generation railcar stalwarts. Take the controls under the guidance of our of our skilled instructors and enjoy lunch in a local establishment.

Full day experience 10:00 until 16:00. Includes lunch and travel for the participant and one guest. Selected dates through the year.  Just £199.00.

Find out more

Drive a Steam Locomotive

The perfect gift for the steam enthusiast! Learn to fire and drive the steam locomotive to see if you can master the unusual 1 in 27 incline from Wirksworth to Ravenstor, the steepest passenger railway in the country. Friends and family can ride in the brake van coupled to the engine to share the experience.

We offer one and two hour courses on selected dates through the year with a one hour course priced at £160.00 and a two hour course priced at £220.00.

Please call us on 01629 823076 to book.

Steam experiences are organised and arranged by the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Association.

Visit their website to book

Scroll to top