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Steam Starter Experience

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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. Participants are also provided with drinks and a meal, given membership to the Nene Valley Railway and a few souvenirs of their participation.

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

Dates of operation 2019

Jan 5th Tornado SOLD OUT
Jan 11th Tornado SOLD OUT
Feb 8th  2 SPACES LEFT
March 8th SR No 926 "Repton" SOLD OUT
May 3rd 2 SPACES LEFT
May 31st 
June 7th 
July 19th 
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October 25th 
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The Price

Resident large Locomotive  £295.00* per person

* Prices shown are for NVR resident steam engines.

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.

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