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CVR25 Top Link Driver Experience - 26th October - Churnet Valley Railway Events Calendar

We are no longer taking online bookings for this event, but please turn up at the railway & purchase a ticket at our booking office
CVR25 Top Link Driver Experience - 26th October

Have you ever wanted to drive a steam locomotive through Staffordshire’s Little Switzerland? Or have you ever fancied taking control of a named GWR locomotive? Well here’s your chance, as the Churnet Valley Railway is delighted to announce a day where you can do both, and realise at least one if not two childhood dreams!

On Thursday 26th October we are offering the chance to drive and fire CVR25 Star Guest no. 7820 ‘Dinmore Manor’ for a total of 22 miles. Participants will have the opportunity to drive and then fire a full round trip alongside a fellow participant whilst covering the 5.5 miles of the scenic Churnet Valley Line, as you join our fully qualified footplate crew for the morning or afternoon.

Priced at £599.00 pp, in addition to the chance to crew no. 7820 you will also receive a meal during your day, a Certificate to remember your day by, plus a complimentary CVR Polo Shirt, a CVR mug and 1-year’s membership of our supporting charity “The North Staffordshire Railway Company (1978) Ltd". You can invite up to 6 friends or family to join you for the day, and they will be able to ride in the carriages behind you whilst you are in charge of the locomotive. Meals can be made available for all guests at an additional cost per guest. 

Spaces are limited for this experience, with us only offering 2 spaces in the morning and 2 in the afternoon. So if this takes your fancy then don’t miss out – book through our office on 01538 758491. The office is open Monday to Friday from 10am until 4pm. All participants must be over 18 Years of Age and physically fit, for full details please ask the office when making an enquiry.


All Footplate Experience courses depart from Cheddleton Station, and include a behind-the-scenes tour of the Motive Power Department. Departure times are advised at time of booking

To learn more of our Footplate Experience Days, or to make an enquiry or booking, please see our dedicated Driver Experience page.

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