If you're looking for a more exclusive, longer footplate experience than we offer on our other courses, then our Advanced Driving Course is the right one for you. This whole day experience is available to just two people per day and you'll complete two full round trips of the entire railway. You'll be driving on one trip and firing on the other, hauling a passenger (or freight by special arrangement) train between Tenterden and Bodiam - 21 miles of driving!
Your day will start at Tenterden Town Station where you'll be welcomed by our friendly, experienced team for a short introduction to the railway and safety briefing. Moving to the platform, your train will be waiting and after familiarisation with the controls, you'll take charge of your train for its journey through the beautiful Kent and Sussex countryside. On return to Tenterden, you'll enjoy lunch in our restaurant before your second trip over the line.
Throughout the day, our experienced footplate staff will accompany you and coach you in the art of being a driver and fireman as well as answering any questions that you may have. For a small additional fee, your friends and family are able to join you on your very special day and can ride on the train that you are driving or firing! This is obviously only available on trains formed of passenger stock!
It is not essential that you have previously completed one of our other railway experience courses before undertaking the Advanced Course, but you may find it beneficial to have done so.
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.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
- Whole day experience
- ‘Certificate of Achievement'
- Discount voucher for the purchase of exclusive souvenirs or gifts
- Complimentary light refreshments throughout the day & lunch in our restaurant