Steam Locomotive Packages

Imagine the thrill of taking control of a living, breathing steam engine.  On the Great Central Railway you can!  Our line has double track, signals and stations, it's the stuff of childhood dreams...

Budding drivers can get behind the controls and for a few hours, or even a day, enjoy the thrill of driving a giant express passenger or freight engine on Britain's only main line steam railway.  As the only place in  this country where you can drive a steam locomotive on a main line, this is truly the experience of a lifetime.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have 3 experience packages to choose from:

Bronze - £360

It's full steam ahead as you and an other customer take charge of a locomotive, with a footplate crew in support, for a 16 mile round trip. Bronze package takes place at weekends.

Includes:

  • Welcome Briefing, including free tea/coffee for guests
  • Introductory DVD
  • Route observation trip
  • Shared drive of a steam loco
  • Lunch for the Driver
  • Guided tour of Loco works
  • Visit to signal box
  • Free train ticket for 1 guest
  • Presentation Certificate
  • 12 months free membership of Friends of the Great Central Mainline
  • Free "Through the Window" guide
To purchase a voucher for this experience, please click here

Silver - £570

The pressure mounts, the fire is glowing. You and another customer share responsibility for an engine with a full rake of coaches over 30 miles. Silver package takes place on selected Fridays & occasional Mondays.

Includes:

  • Welcome Briefing, including free tea/coffee for guests
  • Introductory DVD
  • Shared drive of a steam loco and carriages over 2 trips
  • Lunch for the Driver
  • Guided tour of Loco works
  • Visit to signal box
  • Free train ticket for 2 guests
  • Presentation Certificate
  • 12 months free membership of Friends of the Great Central Mainline
  • Free "Through the Window" guide
To purchase a voucher for this experience, please click here

Gold - £1,795

The ultimate footplate experience. This is your opportunity to drive a train all day long. Set the controls and stoke up the boiler for four full round trips with a break for lunch.* Gold package takes place on selected weekdays.

Includes:

  • Welcome Briefing, including free tea/coffee for guests
  • Introductory DVD
  • Drive a steam loco and carriages over 4 trips*
  • Lunch for the Driver
  • Guided tour of Loco works
  • Visit to signal box
  • Free train ticket for 4 guests
  • Presentation Certificate
  • 12 months free membership of Friends of the Great Central Mainline
  • Free "Through the Window" guide
To purchase a voucher for this experience, please click here
* You may share this experience with up to 7 of your friends.  Ideal as a corporate day out or private group event.

Why not share your experience and make it an entertaining day out for your family or guests as well? Each "trainee" is issued with a complimentary travel ticket for one guest on service days (two for Silver) and any others in the party can purchase travel tickets on the day.   All the facilities of the railway will be theirs to enjoy - museum, loco shed, station  buffet, shop, signalbox and 3 other stations to visit. 

Photo courtesy of Vincent Scothern 

“Locomotive Driving” - Booking Conditions 

Following receipt of the voucher, the holder should contact the Booking Office on 01509 632323 for a range of dates upon which the chosen package may be booked; once the date has been agreed, this is treated as a firm booking.

  • All bookings are made in accordance with the Company’s Conditions of Carriage and the special condition that the Company reserves the right to cancel, amend or alter any service offered and that no refunds will be provided where an alternative or amended service has been offered.
  • Participants must be over 18 years of age and be physically and mentally fit with reasonable hearing and vision. In particular participants must be capable of climbing up and descending the vertical steps between the footplate of the locomotive and ground level (approximately 6’).
  • The Company reserves the right to refuse access onto locomotives to anyone who appears to be unfit to operate them. This includes anyone who appears to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Applicants need not have any previous locomotive driving experience.
  • All bookings should be accompanied by full payment or credit / debit card details.
  • If you are unsure whether the person for whom the booking is intended can meet all of these conditions please call our booking office for advice before purchasing an experience.
  • Please make all cheques payable to Great Central Railway PLC.

Validity

All vouchers are valid for 24 months from date of purchase unless otherwise indicated. Vouchers may be exchanged for a higher priced product upon payment of a sum equal to the price difference.

Refunds

A full refund will only be offered up to 14 days from the date of purchase subject to a £20.00 administration fee. Thereafter refunds will only be considered in exceptional and unforeseen cases where, for instance, the recipient has suffered serious injury or illness within the unexpired term of the voucher and in the opinion of the Company would be unable to undertake the experience.

Cancellations

The following fee will be payable upon change of date or cancellation:-

  • Within 2 weeks of booked date 20% of purchase price
  • Between 2 weeks and 6 weeks 10% of purchase price
  • More than 6 weeks no fee
  • Failure to turn up on the day without prior notification will result in the voucher being considered redeemed.

 

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