Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway
A 16 mile return journey by narrow gauge steam train through beautiful Mid Wales countryside.

rcDriver experience

Driver experience

No. 1 /822 the Earl climbing the Golfa Bank

No.1 / 822 'The Earl' climbing the Golfa Bank
Photo:  Graham Whistler

Due to the continuing Covid-19 restrictions we regret that Driver Experience has been suspended.

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!

“Golfa Bank” Course

Half day for One Person - Saturday or Sunday

Our driver experience courses are restricted to one person to maximise driving time, under the guidance of one of our regular drivers.

Your 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.

On 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 three quarter hours including a break at Welshpool.

The cost of the course is £395.00. Drinks are included, and a certificate will be awarded at the end of your journey.

Saturdays or Sundays - Only one course is available on a Saturday or a Sunday, starting at 10.00 and finishing by 14.00.

Dates for 2021 - Telephone 01938 810441 to check availability.



Note - Crossed out dates are no longer available


All day (One or Two People) - Selected mid week dates

Why 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).  The course starts at 09.00 and should finish by 16.00.

Telephone 01938 810441 to discuss possible dates.


Updated 5th January 2021

General Information

The 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 advance.

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.

Participants must be at least 18 years of age.


Health and Safety

Acceptance 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% cotton.



(Booking forms are available by email using Microsoft Word,

otherwise please provide a postal address)

Telephone: 01938 810441

email: info [at] wllr.org.uk

We look forward to welcoming you to the Welshpool and Llanfair Driver Experience