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  • Driver Experiences

    The Avon Valley Railway offers you the chance of a lifetime to realise your dream of driving a steam or diesel locomotive. 

    We offer three different experiences throughout the year, from our 2 hour steam taster, 3 hour Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) or half day diesel locomotive course, all under the expert supervision of our experienced Drivers and Firemen.  All courses include an introduction to the locomotive, safety briefing, commemorative certificate and gift membership of the Avon Valley Railway for a year so you can keep up to date with our progress.

    There are a few pieces of safety information that you’ll need to consider before booking one of our Experiences and this can be found below. You’ll need to read this before the day and sign a copy before you’re permitted onto the footplate.

    Driver Experience Course Safety Advice

    Experience 1 – Drive a steam locomotive

    • Drive and fire a steam locomotive under guidance of qualified instructors
    • 2.5 hour experience
    • Light refreshments provided
    • £295

    Book our Steam driver experience 2021

    Experience 2 – Drive a Diesel train

    • Drive and act as secondman on our resident BR Class 31 diesel locomotive No 31330 Calder Hall Power Station, hauling empty passenger coaches.
    • Half day experience
    • Act as shunter and guard
    • Light refreshments provided
    • £295

    Book our Diesel Driver Experience 2020

    DExperience 3 – Drive a Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU)

    • Drive and act as secondman on our resident Class 107 two-car Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) CURRENTLY NOT AVAILABLE
    • 3 hour experience
    • Light refreshments provided
    • £160

    Due to social distancing restrictions it is not currently possible to offer our DMU Driver Experience. We very much hope to be able to offer these as soon as restrictions are eased, probably later this year.

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