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Home Attractions & Tours Introduction to Steam Engine Driving at Mid Hants Railway Alresford Hampshire

Introduction to Steam Engine Driving at Mid Hants Railway Alresford Hampshire

3 hrs
1 person
Valid for 20 months
Alresford - Hampshire
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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 at Mid Hants Railway (otherwise known as the Watercress Line) and without coaches or passengers, begin to learn all about driving controls, firing techniques and other exciting operational skills. Travelling a 20-mile return train journey, take turns in both driving and firing the engine to experience the thrills of powering a steam train first-hand. This is the perfect gift for any steam train enthusiast and an unforgettable train driving experience. Explore the beautiful Hampshire countryside with this unique steam engine journey.

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). There will be no Watercress Line trains operating to or from Alton station until the end of July 2019 due to work being carried out as part of a large highway improvement scheme. There will still be trains running to and from Alresford, Ropley and Medstead & Four Marks.


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Introduction to Steam Engine Driving at Mid Hants Railway Alresford Hampshire