If you're looking for a more exclusive, longer driving experience than we offer on our other courses, then look no further than our Engineman’s Experience Day.
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 either our Victorian era vintage passenger train or our British Railways era freight train between Tenterden and Bodiam. This course gives a total of 21 miles driving and 21 miles of firing and the chance to spend the entire day on the footplate.
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 instructors 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! (Only available on-board the Vintage train)
It is not essential that you have previously completed one of our other railway experience courses before undertaking this course, but you may find it beneficial to have done so.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
- Whole day two person exclusive experience
- Drive for 21 miles and fire for 21 miles on either a Victorian vintage passenger or British Railways Freight Train
- Introduction and Safety Briefing
- Certificate of Achievement
- Discount voucher for the purchase of exclusive souvenirs or gifts
- Breakfast roll and full lunch in the Station Refreshment Rooms
These experiences are very popular, so we suggest early booking to avoid disappointment. To make a booking or redeem a Gift Voucher, please contact the Booking Office on 01580 765155 or email [email protected]
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. Protective footwear is essential, overalls are provided.