- Perfect for steam buffs
- Drive a restored steam loco on the South Yorkshire Coalfield Line
- Get an insight into the life of a fireman as you help with their duties
- £158 per person
During this special steam engine driving experience in Yorkshire, you'll be riding the footplate along the Elsecar Railway Line. And make no mistake, you'll be driving for real...
This wonderful little heritage railway is entirely run by volunteers, and what a friendly, welcoming and utterly charming bunch they are. Since taking over full ownership and responsibility of this part of the South Yorkshire line, there are now a number of drivable steam and diesel engines, a booking hall, buffet and shop at Elsecar Station, the main base.
After a safety briefing, you'll meet your mentor and steam-engine guru who will be with you for the duration of this nostalgic experience. Then it's time to step up to the plate and learn how to start, stop and fire up the full-sized loco.
Once competent in the cab, you'll head out on the main line, where you will be handed the controls to conquer the 1-in-37 climb from Hemingfield to the highest point on the line. Quite a feat for any steam engine and its driver, and you'll need some serious pressure to make it.
You'll also get an insight into the life of a fireman as you assist with their duties on the line.
- Welcome, introduction and safety briefing
- Assist in fireman's duties
- Expert tuition for you to drive the engine
- Loan of a boiler suit
Who is the experience suitable for?A
• Minimum age 18
• A good, general level of fitness is required
Where can I do this?A
When can I do this?A
Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from April to October, subject to availability.
Please note: Due to the popularity of this experience, please book early to avoid disappointment.
How long should I allow for this experience?A
This is a 1 hour experience.
Can I bring spectators?A
• Friends and family are welcome to come along and watch the action.
• The Elsecar Heritage Centre (directly accessed from the railway by footbridge) is home to an antiques and craft centre, with a play arena for children too.
How does this work?A
All you have to do is pay for the experience and we’ll send a voucher through the post, then you just need to check the info and book your experience.
What additional information is there?A
The experience takes place using a light engine without passenger carriages.
What about insurance?A
The centres contracted with us hold public liability insurance. We also hold contingency liability cover. You will not be liable for accidental damage to equipment, except where damage has been caused as a result of recklessness or wilful negligence.