Drive Tornado

We are happy to announce that in conjunction with the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust we will be giving you the once in a lifetime opportunity to drive 60163 Tornado.

For the special price of just £850 take control, under professional instruction, of 60163 Tornado for 1 round trip (over 15 miles), both with carriages along the Great Central main line.


  • Welcome Briefing, including free tea/coffee for guests
  • One return trip with a rake of carriages, driving 60163
  • Lunch for the Driver
  • Free train ticket for 2 guests
  • Guided tour of Loco works
  • Visit to signal box
  • Presentation Certificate
  • 12 months free membership of Friends of the Great Central Mainline

Additional guests may also travel subject to our standard fares.


There are 4 Slots a day on the following dates so book in quick to avoid disappointment.

  • Friday 7th January - SOLD OUT

To book please call our booking office on 01509 632 323 between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday.


“Locomotive Driving” - Booking Conditions 

Customers 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 8’).
  • 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. Please note that cameras (still or video), or mobile phones, should not be used on the locomotive when it is in motion.
  • 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.


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.


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

  •  20% of purchase price
  • Failure to turn up on the day without prior notification will result in the voucher being considered redeemed.


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