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Introduction to Steam Engine Driving

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3 hrs
1 person
Valid for 10 months
Alresford - Hampshire
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A perfect gift for any steam train enthusiast! Beginning at Alresford station, receive a detailed safety briefing from a qualified instructor who also provides important information on the line and signalling. Climb aboard this magnificent machine (without coaches or passengers) and learn all about driving controls, firing techniques and other exciting operational skills. Travelling a 20 mile return journey, take turns in both driving and firing the engine to experience the thrills and spills of steam engine driving first-hand. An unforgettable experience!

In a Nutshell
  • Steam engine driving for people of all abilities!
  • Take turns driving and firing a steam locomotive
  • Go 20 miles through Hampshire countryside
  • Includes a travel ticket valid for 12 months
Key Info
  • Availability Description
    Weekdays from March - July and September - October. Book at least three months in advance.
  • Participant Guidelines
    Minimum age is 18. No experience is necessary but you must be fit enough to climb up to the footplate from ground level. Mobility needs must be stated when booking.
  • Weather
    The weather should not affect this experience but if conditions are extreme, please contact the station before leaving home.
  • Duration
    Lasts for up to three hours, with approximately one and a half hours on the footplate.
  • Numbers on the Day
    Share the experience with two other participants and take turns driving and firing the locomotive.
  • Dress Code
    Stout footwear and a cotton overall or boilersuit must be worn. Trainers are not acceptable. Dress comfortably in clothing that fully covers the arms and legs.
  • Other Info
    All participants receive a voucher for one day train travel over the whole Mid Hants Railway (valid for 12 months).


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Introduction to Steam Engine Driving