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Western Goods Driver Experience

Drive and Fire Great Western Railway Prairie Tank No 4144 Pulling a goods train - Fri 18th June 2021

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Western Goods Driving Experience - Drive and fire Great Western Railway - Prairie Tank No. 4144 pulling a goods train

The Package

You will arrive at the Nene Valley Railway Wansford Station for either a morning or afternoon session on Friday 18th June and participate in a short tutorial about the driving and firing of a steam locomotive by one of our resident steam drivers. You will then be given an insight into working freight train from the perspective of a Freight Guard.

Once the theory is done and dusted the practical fun begins and you will be able to put into practice all you have learnt as you get to drive and fire a frieght train over part of our 7 1/2 mile line. As an added thrill, you will have the opportunity to ride in a Brake Van when not on the footplate and witness the Guard handling your very own freight train. Once you've finished with the train you will have the opportunity to visit Wansford Signal Box and witness the duties and responsobilities of the Signalman on duty.

This course is limited to a maximum of 16 people (8 in the morning and 8 in the afternoon), so early booking is advised. Each participant is permitted to bring a guest to ride in the Brake Van and and other guests are welcome but will not be able to travel on the train due to limited space.

The Costs

The whole package is priced at £165.00 per person. This includes light refreshment.


The working of a Steam Railway is physically demanding and so a reasonable level of fitness is required to participate in this course. On the grounds of health and safety we unfortunately cannot accept participants under the age of 18 years. Sturdy footware is essential such as shoes or boots, as well as overalls and gloves. The footplate os a steam locomotive is a dirty place and so consideration should be given to clothing worn by participants as we will accept no liability for the damage to your best suit. Due to current Covid restrictions we are not able to provide any protective equipment or clothing. 

And Finally

Our mission is to ensure that you enjoy the experience and get the most out of it. You will be coached through everything you do and never be left to fend for yourself. If driving a freight train has always been your dream, then we can make it a reality.

If you have any questions or queries either prior to booking, after booking, or on the day then don’t hesitate to ask.

For more info please email – nvrwagons@gmail.com