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Drive a Train


ClaThere can be no better or more memorable surprise than to fulfil a childhood ambition and take to the footplate of one of our steam or diesel locomotives. This unique experience to drive along our 6 mile railway, restored and re-laid after a 30 year battle is available to purchase for you and members of your family.

Our friendly team will welcome you on-board the footplate at Swanage station, showing you the controls and will be on-hand throughout the experience to ensure that you gain the very most enjoyment from this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Watch for the Guard’s flag, then feel the engine respond as you take your train out of the platform, obeying the signals and accelerating the train under our friendly and experienced staff supervision. As the experience continues you will need to keep a close eye and whistle for the footpath crossings, open the regulator as you tackle the gradients of the Isle of Purbeck and gently apply the brakes to stop at stations and signals.

We offer a range of experiences, currently we have available;

  • Taster Experience - 2017 BOOKINGS OPEN
  • Class 33 Driving Experience - 2017 - SOLD OUT

Click on the links on the right for more information.

Important Note: If you are booking this as a surprise for somebody, please supply an alternative name and contact address so that we do not inadvertently spoil the surprise. Please note that due to safety we can only admit those over 18 years of age.

For full details please contact our reservations staff on 01929 475207