Steam Engine Driving Experience

Product code: 1183103

This is your once in a lifetime opportunity to learn to drive a real steam engine!

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Stop train spotting and start train driving! This incredible steam powered day out will teach you how to operate a beautifully restored steam locomotive, the perfect treat for any keen train enthusiast. Starting at 8.30am, you will have lunch and be introduced to the basics of the steam engine you will be driving. Your instructor will then take you out to the train and show you how to get it going. Over the course of a busy morning, your experienced instructor will show you how to change speed as well as bring the train to a comfortable stop. After a break for lunch, which is provided as part of the package, you will have the chance to use your skills freely, as well as buffering up the engine to a 25 tone brake van, followed by a tour of the locomotive yard and signal box. Your day will last approximately seven and a half hours, and at the end, you will presented with some souvenirs to remember your day
What's included?
  • Breakfast on arrival
  • Introduction to your train
  • Full day steam engine driving course - learn how to move off and stop smoothly, and buffer up the engine to a 25 ton brake van
  • Lunch
  • A tour of the locomotive yard and signal box
  • Souvenirs to take home
Any restrictions?
  • Your voucher is valid for 10 months for one person
  • You will not be able to book between October and March as the experience does not run between these dates
  • Minimum age for this experience is 18, however if you are over 70, you will require a doctor’s note to participate. You need to be reasonably fit and healthy, and cannot be on any medication
  • You will be able to book your experience on weekdays only
  • This is no availability to book during school summer holidays (16th July – 3rd September)
What do I need to know?
  • Pre-booking your experience is essential
  • You will be provided with protective overalls for use during the day, and it is recommended that you wear strong, sensible footwear for this experience
  • Although whilst in the steam locomotive it is likely to be warm, the majority of this experience is outdoors and so it is important that you wear sensible clothing
  • You should allow for seven and a half hours for this experience
  • All dates are subject to availability

This experience is available at Kent:

  • Kent (South East) - Tenterden
Your voucher is valid for 10 months. You must pre-book a date for your experience. This experience does not run between October and March. You must be aged between 18 and 70, reasonably fit and healthy and not on any medication; however, for those over 70, a doctor’s note is required. Overalls are provided and you will need to wear strong, sensible footwear. Despite the warmth of a steam locomotive, during inclement weather it is advisable to bring warm clothing. Please note this experience is available on weekdays only. This experience is not available during school summer holidays (16th July - 3rd September).
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K & ESR Steam Engine Driving Experience If you ever wanted to drive a steam engine then this is for you! A most enjoyable day with a good breakfast and lunch provided. Learn to drive an engine and take it for a spin and see various other aspects of a preserved steam railway. Extremely well managed, very friendly, lots of banter - learnt a lot and also had a fun day. 11 May 2014
A day to remember It was good to see all that the Kent & East Sussex Railway is doing to preserve the Steam train heritage. All the sessions in the signal box, Engine shed, repair workshop were excellent each hosted by the dedicated experts working at the yard. Driving the steam engine was great fun, and I really feel that I could drive one , and stop in the right place. 08 May 2014
Steam Driving Experiance The whole day was very enjoyable. All the staff and volanteers were very helpful and their facts and knowledge was all very interesting. Excellent breakfast & lunch with plenty to drink as it does get warm on the footplate....!!! Would highly recommend this experiance 25 April 2014
Pure dead brilliant! A varied, hands on steam train driving and trackside experience 06 April 2014
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