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Steam Starter Experience

Our starter package includes theory and practical driving of a steam locomotive.

Currently not on sale, our office team are busy getting ready to move held bookings to a selection of new dates for 2021

Once held bookings have been transferred any spare spaces will go on sale

If you have a held booking, you have be sent an email with a selection of new dates for you to transfer to over the next couple of weeks

The Package

Our starter package includes theory and practical driving of a steam locomotive. The course will be on a large locomotive without rolling stock and consists of 1 hour tuition and 1 hour on the footplate. During the hour on the footplate, 2 participants will take it in turns to drive and fire the locomotive for a total distance of approximately 15 miles. 


Please note that our experiences are suitable for those aged 18 and above.

Dates of operation 2020 Due to Coivd restrictions we are unable to provide course at this time 


The Price

Resident large Locomotive start from £395  per person

From time to time guest locomotives visit the NVR. When guest locomotives are available for driving experience days there may be a supplement payable to drive them.

Unlike our normal services, advanced booking is essential - for further details please call 01780 784444.

N B. Starter courses are normally run on days when we have no scheduled passenger service operating. Guests are welcome to join participants to watch, to take photographs and to join the participant for meals but they will not be able to ride on a train.

We sometimes get booking cancellations close to operating dates. If you might be available at short notice and would like to participate please call our office, leave a telephone number where you can be contacted and we will get in touch if such a vacancy occurs.