Experience the amazing thrill, excitement and discovery of driving and firing your very own steam train on the Swanage Railway - enjoying an eleven-mile round trip through the beautiful Purbeck countryside.

Under the expert and friendly guidance of our drivers and firemen, participants drive the steam locomotive five and a half miles between Swanage, Corfe Castle and Norden and then fire the steam locomotive for the return trip; or vice-versa.

Our driver experience sessions last for about an hour on the footplate and are an ideal present for a special occasion or just for a memorable and unforgettable piece of self indulgence.

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

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

All driver experience trains begin and end at Swanage station and cannot be boarded anywhere else along the line.

Participants should arrive at Swanage station 30 minutes before their train departs and will be greeted by the friendly and informative driver experience co-ordinator.

Based at Swanage station, the experience will last approximately 60 minutes.

2024 Price £295.00.

Dates for Taster Driving Experience

15th Apr 2024 SOLD OUT
19th Apr 2024 SOLD OUT
22nd Apr 2024 SOLD OUT
26th Apr 2024 SOLD OUT

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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