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Home Attractions & Tours Driving a Steam Engine with Churnet Valley Railway

Driving a Steam Engine with Churnet Valley Railway

3 - 4 hrs
1 person
Valid for 20 months
Leek - Staffordshire
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The perfect experience for a true train lover, take control of a historic steam locomotive with a rake of carriages and recreate the wonderful era of steam travel. It's the perfect course for those who have taken to the rails before or for someone who is looking to learn more about driving a steam locomotive. Under the guidance of an expert crew, experience what it's like to both drive and fire the engine on two round trips (one firing, one driving). Covering a total of 22 miles, blow the whistle, feel the power of the engine and bring along up to six of your friends or family to ride in one of the carriages. There are plenty of photo opportunities during the journey and the Churnet scenery looks truly unforgettable from the driver's post. Finish by taking home a certificate and a polo shirt to remember the day, as well as membership to the North Staffordshire Railway Company Ltd.

In a Nutshell
  • Blow the whistle, shovel the coal, open the regulator and feel the power of steam as you become a train driver for the day and pass through the beautiful and scenic Churnet Valley
  • Experience both driving and firing the engine
  • Two round trips for a total of 22 miles
  • Take home a certificate and a polo shirt
Key Info
  • Availability Description
    Runs on selected weekdays and weekends throughout the year.
  • Participant Guidelines
    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). Participants must be physically and mentally fit enough to climb on and off the locomotive from ground level unaided.
  • Weather
    Trips are only ever cancelled in severe snow or floods.
  • Duration
    Lasts between three and four hours with around two - three hours of driving.
  • Numbers on the Day
    Share the experience with one other train enthusiast.
  • Dress Code
    Wear overalls or old cotton clothing that fully covers your arms and legs. Wear a sturdy pair of shoes or boots (toe capped shoes preferably).
  • Other Info
    North Staffordshire Railway Company membership includes reduced fares on the railway, the 'Knotty' magazine (published three times a year) and the chance to take part in special events.


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Driving a Steam Engine with Churnet Valley Railway