Join us for a day during which you will learn some of the basic skills required to drive a steam locomotive. Under the eye of an experienced instructor you will take the controls and learn how to move off and stop smoothly. As the day progresses you will have several opportunities to develop your skills, culminating in gently ‘buffering up' your engine to a 20-ton brake van.
The day starts at 09:00am at Rolvenden Station (TN17 4JP) where participants meet for a Breakfast Bap and a cup of tea during which there's a short safety briefing. Your engine for the day awaits in the platform already in full steam to commence the 'hands-on' part of the day. Careful and patient tuition is given to each participant by a knowledgeable instructor under whose guidance your confidence will grow throughout the day. Lunch is of course provided at Rolvenden and is included in the price of your course. At the end of the day you are presented with a certificate of acheivement together with a souvenir Tee Shirt and Mug. Usual end time is around 5:00pm.
Also included is a visit to the Signal Box and a tour of the locomotive yard and repair shed.
Our experienced staff are keen to ensure your safety at all times, but in the unlikely event of an emergency you may need to leave the footplate quickly, and possibly jump from height to the ground without assistance. It is therefore essential that you have the ability and the fitness level to do this. If you are in any doubt please discuss your concerns with one of our staff.
"Just wanted to say I had a brilliant day- really great crowd and a fun outing!"