Class 33 Driving Experience

We are delighted to announce our first run of our brand-new Class 33 Freight Driver Experiences.

Swanage Railway are delighted to be offering customers the opportunity to experience driving one of our Resident Class 33 Diesel Electrics, ‘Pusher’ 33111. 

Built by the Birmingham Railway Carriage and Wagon Company from 1960 for the Southern Region of British Railways, these ubiquitous icons of the Southern Region of British Railways from the Twilight period of Southern Steam in the ’60s right the way through to the days of Network South East and beyond, hauling all forms of freight and passenger workings.

Under the expert and friendly guidance of our drivers, participants will be given the opportunity to drive 33111 over our gradients between Swanage and Norden with a rake of ‘Dogfish’ engineering wagons.

  • 1 round trip of our 5.5-mile line – 11 miles on the footplate
  • Drive One round trip
  • Your experience lasts roughly 1 hour.

After the driver experience, participants will be presented with a Swanage Railway gift bag which includes a framed certificate, and a Swanage Railway Driver Experience mug.

There are photographic opportunities with the locomotive at Swanage and Norden stations for the family and friends of driver experience participants.

Whether you are seeking the perfect present for a special someone who loves Class 33s as much as we do, or whether you’re looking for the chance of a lifetime, this experience is tailored to you. 

£250 per person.

Dates for Class 33 Driving Experience

6th Mar 2024 SOLD OUT
7th Mar 2024 SOLD OUT
8th Mar 2024 SOLD OUT
13th Mar 2024 SOLD OUT
14th Mar 2024 SOLD OUT
15th Mar 2024 SOLD OUT

Terms and Conditions

Important Note: If you are booking this as a surprise for someone, please supply an alternative name, contact address, telephone number and email address so that we do not inadvertently spoil the surprise.

For full details please contact our reservations team on 01929 475207.



Persons taking part in these events must:

i) be able to climb up to and down from the Locomotive cab unaided.

ii) be 18 years of age or older.

Iii) not be under the influence of alchohol or drugs

iv) not suffer from epilepsy, any intolerance to heat, or other illness which may create a dangerous situation to occur on the footplate.

v) must sign a declaration as part of the pre-travel briefing and listen to and comply with all instructions and directions given by the Locomotive crew and any other Authorised person.

vi) Overalls or clothing which you do not mind possibly getting grubby should be worn. Long trousers, long shirt sleeves and enclosed shoes (i.e. not sandals) are compulsory . If the person travelling possesses safety shoes or boots these are ideal, but not essential.

vii) Customers must check in at Swanage Ticket Office at least 30 minutes before advertised departure time for safety briefing and introduction. Trains cannot be delayed for late arrivals. The Company will endeavour to move a late arrival to another departure, subject to space, but cannot guarantee such a space as these events generally sell out well in advance. The Company will not be liable for any loss as a result of a passenger arriving late.

All bookings are final, no refunds.

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