Perfect for a total beginner, take control of a truly impressive, historic steam engine locomotive without carriages and experience something absolutely unforgettable. For a train enthusiast, this is a dream come true - with an expert crew on board to help and one-on-one tuition behind the controls. Journey for 12 miles at the helm of the train, taking in the beautiful sights of Churnet Valley along the way - it's an incredible feeling. There are plenty of photo opportunities throughout and the session finishes with a certificate and a polo shirt to take home.
Runs on selected weekdays and weekends throughout the year.
Minimum age is 18 and maximum age is 70. The venue can generally cater for those with disabilities but participants must be able to climb the steps into the cab (please quote any specific requirements at point of booking).
Trips are only ever cancelled in severe snow or floods.
Lasts around two hours with around one hour of driving.
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This is held on a one-to-one basis with a seasoned railway driver.
A boiler suit or jeans and a jumper are recommended. Wear a sturdy pair of shoes or boots (toe capped shoes preferably).