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Footplate Experience

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to drive a full size steam locomotive? Or do you know someone who has always dreamed of taking the controls of a historic locomotive? If so then a footplate experience course is just the ticket!

These courses offer a unique experience that allows its participants to get up close and personal with a heritage locomotive. Experience the magic of a working steam locomotive as you climb aboard the footplate with our experienced crews, blow the whistle, shovel coal into the firebox, open the regulator and feel the power of steam as you become a train driver for the day whilst passing through the beautiful and scenic Churnet Valley. There is something to suit every level from the novice to an experienced enthusiast.

Why not treat yourself, or surprise someone you know, with a day that will never be forgotten? These experiences are available as a gift voucher and if desired the participant can upgrade their gift voucher to the next level. 

Please Note -: Footplate courses take place during times when the railway is not carrying fare paying passengers.


Click here to download our Footplate Experience brochure for more details


Click here to download a booking form 




Regulator, Top Link and Top Link Plus courses are generally operated before the start of each operating day, normally from 8am onwards.

Cauldon Lowe courses are run as their own course, and are timed to suit your availability.

On selected dates we run dedicated "Footplate Experience Days" with Regulator & Top Link courses available throughout the day concerned.

All courses must be pre-booked, please click the link below to see our "Operating Dates". Feel free to contact us by phone on 01538 758498, by email, or by completing this form for further information on any of Footplate Experience Courses. The office is open Monday to Friday between 10am and 4pm.

Click here to view our Operating Calendar




Steam Course Details

Steam Footplate Ride - £125.00
Churnet Valley Line

Steam Footplate Ride
 - £225.00
Cauldon Lowe Line

Steam Engine
 Driving Course - £299.00
“Regulator” Course

Steam Engine
 Driving Course - £499.00
“Top Link” Course

Steam Engine
 Driving Course - £599.00
“Top Link Plus” Course​

Steam Engine Driving Course - £900.00
“Cauldon Lowe” Course

Diesel Course Details

Diesel Engine Driving Course - £229.00

Heritage Diesel "Regulator" Course

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