/ 822 'The Earl' climbing the Golfa Bank
Our Driver Experience courses are
designed to give you the thrill of being at the controls of a powerful narrow
gauge steam locomotive, doing the job for which it was designed. You will be
hauling one of our standard train sets along a challenging route that abounds with sharp
curves and steep gradients.
Give yourself a treat - or arrange a
surprise for someone else!
For One Person
- Saturday, Sunday or Monday
driver experience courses are restricted to one person to maximise
driving time, under the guidance of one of our regular drivers.
course starts with a short health and safety briefing before taking
the controls of one of our passenger steam locomotives. Once
familiarised with the controls, you will take a standard rake of
carriages over the entire railway from Llanfair Caereinion to
Welshpool and back.
the outward journey, you will drive from Llanfair Caereinion to
Sylfaen, with the instructor taking over for the descent into
Welshpool. After running round, you have the challenge of the 1 in
29 Golfa Bank ahead of you. The return journey is a total distance
of 16 miles, and will take about two and a quarter hours.
cost of the course is £395.00. Drinks are included, and a
certificate will be awarded at the end of your journey.
- The morning course starts at 0900, and should finish by 1215; and
the afternoon course starts at 1300, and should finish by 1615.
or Sundays - Only one course is available on a Saturday or a Sunday, starting at 1000 and
finishing at 1400. This course lasts a little longer as there are
other train services operating.
day (One or Two People) - Mondays only
not bring a friend or family? Or have two journeys yourself? A
discount is available if you wish to book the morning and afternoon
Monday sessions. The price for the entire day is £750.00 (a saving
of £40.00 compared with two individual courses). We’ll
also provide lunch for the participants.
cost of each course includes refreshments. A limited number of
family and friends (a maximum of 6) are welcome to ride
on the train at no extra cost, but please do let us know in
We shall send you an information pack after full payment has
been received. This will include a copy of ‘Driving Steam
Locomotives – An Introduction’, by Geoff Holland & Owen Ryder (RSP
£5.25), notes about the locomotive that you will be driving and
the layout of the railway over which you will be driving.
of your booking will be subject to the satisfactory completion
of a basic Medical Form. You will need to provide
your own protective clothing, including boots, preferably with
steel toecaps. For safety reasons, outer clothing should be 100%
11 May; 15,
13 July; 3,
17 August; 14 September
16 June; 7 July;
May; 10 June; 1 (AM Only) July; 9 (AM
September (PM Only)
- Crossed out dates are no longer available
Updated 11 May
DETAILS AND BOOKING FORMS PLEASE CONTACT THE RAILWAY:
(Booking forms are
available by email using Microsoft Word,
provide a postal address)
forward to welcoming you to the Welshpool and Llanfair Driver