Driving Experience

Driving Experience


People from all walks of life and of all ages have a love of trains. Many would relish the chance to drive an engine. Well now is your chance! We offer a range of courses to suit most tastes and budgets. Available courses include either our standard gauge steam & diesel locomotives and our 2ft gauge steam tram. We are also working on a new course that will allow you the opportunity to drive a Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU). Details will appear here when available.

All courses consist of a safety talk and operation of the locomotive, and then you get the chance to take the controls !

Please note that courses are only available from Easter to September ( Advance booking is essential. )

Courses currently offered

Steam Engine and Steam Tram full day

This course offers a full day driver experience providing one to one tuition on driving and firing our steam locomotive and steam tram. By concentrating on manoeuvring and shunting, candidates will gain an appreciation of the skills involved. Candidates will prepare a locomotive including safety checks, lighting up and oiling round followed by approximately two hours driving and firing tuition. Although booked individually, candidates are taught in pairs and rotate around both components of the course. Courses start at 07:30 am and are available on selected Saturdays during the running season. Refreshments plus one year’s membership of the TSR are included in the price. The course finishes at 5:00 pm.

Steam Engine half day

This course offers one to one tuition on driving and firing a steam locomotive. By concentrating on manoeuvring and shunting, candidates will gain an appreciation of the skills involved in driving a steam locomotive. Courses are booked individually. The course starts at 07:30 am, finishing before 1:00 pm, and includes safety checks, lighting up, oiling round the locomotive and driving and firing tuition.

Diesel half day

This course offers one to one tuition on driving a diesel locomotive. By concentrating on manoeuvring and shunting, candidates will gain an appreciation of the skills involved in driving a diesel locomotive. Although booked individually, candidates are taught in pairs. The course starts at 9:00 am, finishing before 1:00 pm, and includes preparation checks, oiling round the locomotive and driving tuition. Courses are available on selected Sundays during the running season and include one year’s membership of the TSR.

Steam Tram half day

This course offers one to one tuition on driving and firing our 2ft narrow gauge steam tram. By concentrating on manoeuvring and shunting, candidates will gain an appreciation of the skills involved in driving the steam tram. Courses are booked individually. The course starts at 08:30 am, finishing before 1:00 pm, and includes safety checks, lighting up, oiling round the tram and driving and firing tuition.

Locomotive footplate experience

The railway offers individuals the opportunity to ride on the footplate of either our steam or diesel locomotive giving them an appreciation of the skills involved in driving a locomotive. These are available on any running day during the summer season.

 

Prices

Locomotive

Course

Cost

Steam Engine and
Steam Tram
Full Day £250
Steam Engine Half Day £180
Diesel Engine Half Day £80
Steam Tram Half Day £80
Footplate experience Per trip £40

How to Book

For further information on our range of courses or to book a course please contact the Driver Experience manager at mep914@gmail.com

All courses are subject to availability. The Telford Steam Railway reserves the right to amend or cancel the courses at short notice due to operational reasons.


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