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DL83 Freight Course - New for 2024

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The Package

You will arrive at Nene Valley Railway's Wansford Station on the morning of Friday 23rd February and participate in a short tutorial about the driving of a diesel locomotive, delivered by one of our resident drivers. You will then be given an insight into working a freight train from the perspective of a Goods Guard.

Once the theory is done and dusted, the practical fun begins and you will be split into two teams of five people. In one team you will be able to put into practice all you have learnt as you get to drive a freight train from Wansford through the tunnel to Yarwell. As an added thrill, you will have the opportunity to ride in a Brake Van when not in the cab of the locomotive and witness the Guard handling your very own freight train. The other team will head to the historic Wansford Signal Box to control the train and witness the duties and responsibilities of the Signaller.

This course is limited to a maximum of 10 people (two groups of 5 people), so early booking is advised. Each participant is permitted to bring a guest to ride in the Brake Van, 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 Heritage 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 footwear is essential such as shoes or boots. The environment of a locomotive can be 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! Unfortunately, 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 prior to booking, after booking, or on the day itself, then don’t hesitate to ask.

For more info please email: nvrwagons@gmail.com