Footplate Experiences

Live that dream and try one of our steam or heritage diesel driving experiences.

Steam Driving

Drive a Steam Locomotive Experiences


Live that dream with our Bronze Drive a Steam Locomotive footplate experience course. Try your hand at both driving and firing one of our medium-sized steam locomotives for a 10-mile return journey with one-to-one tuition from our experienced crews.

  • Try your hand with the shovel firing the locomotive and master the driving controls during the trip
  • One participant per slot, with one-to-one tuition from our experienced team of drivers and firemen
  • Welcome hot drink and safety brief in The Apollo at Wirksworth
  • The experience lasts approximately 2 hours
  • Certificate of completion at the end of the experience


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Diesel Driving

Drive a Diesel Experience

  • Full day experience 09:30 - 16:00
  • Take the controls, taking it in turns as part of a small group with one of our experienced instructors
  • Includes lunch for the participant and one guest
  • Guests can travel on the heritage railcar and accompany on the yard tour
  • Certificate at the end of the day


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Important Information

  • All participants must be aged 18 or above
  • Participants should be reasonably fit and able to board a train from the ground rather than a platform
  • All experiences start at Wirksworth (DE4 4FB)
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