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Peak Driving Experience Course

Your Chance to Drive a Peak Locomotive on our Driving Experience Course

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The Package

Our starter package includes theory and practical driving of a Peak locomotive: Royal Tank Regiment 45041. The course consists of tuition and 2 hours on the footplate. During the time on the footplate, 2 participants will take it in turns to drive the locomotive for a total distance of approximately 12 miles. Participants are also provided with light refreshments. 

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

Dates of Operation:  20th September

The Price  £275

45041 is a 1-Co Co-1 wheel arrangement Diesel Electric loco built at Crewe Works in 1962 and weighing in at 133 tonnes. The loco was originally based at Derby, hauling passenger services on the Midland Mainline as D53. In 1964 the loco was named Royal Tank Regiment, a name it still holds to this day, and was renumbered in 1975. 45041 was used predominantly on freight trains during the 1980s as it was not one of the Class 45s that were chosen for conversion in order to supply electric train heat. Unfortunately the loco suffered a traction motor problem in 1988 and was condemned. The loco was bought by the Peak Locomotive Society in 1996 and has been based at the NVR since then. It can be regularly seen hauling passenger services.