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    • Gala 2018! – Footplate & Brake Van Rides, Now available:- call 0117 9325538 to book.

    • Buffet hours: – 9.30am – 4pm weekdays, 9am – 5.30pm weekends
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  • Driver Experiences

    The Avon Valley Railway offers you the chance of a lifetime to realise your dream – driving a steam or diesel locomotive.  We offer four different courses throughout the year, from beginner to advanced, 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 railway for a year so you can keep up to date with our progress.

    Driver Experience leflet 2019

    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

    Course A – Steam Taster Course

    • Drive and fire a steam locomotive under guidance of qualified instructors.
    • Light refreshments provided
    • £275

    Book Course A 2019

    Course B – Haul A Brake Van

    • Drive and fire a steam locomotive under guidance of qualified instructors, hauling a Brake Van
    • Act as shunter and guard
    • Refreshments (including lunch) provided
    • £375

    Books Course B 2019

    Course C – Haul A Passenger Train

    • Drive and fire a steam locomotive under guidance of qualified instructors, hauling an empty passenger train.
    • Act as shunter and guard
    • Refreshments (including lunch) provided
    • £325

    Book Course C 2019

    Course D – 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.
    • Act as shunter and guard
    • Refreshments (including lunch) provided
    • £275

    Book Course D 2019

    Course E – Drive a Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU)

    • Drive and act as secondman on our resident Class 107 two-car Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU). 3 hour experience.
    • £140

    Book Course E 2019

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