We can alsoHave you ever wanted to drive a diesel locomotive?

We’re now offering Diesel Footplate Experience courses where you will be guided through how to drive an engine and have a go for yourself.

We run over the full line and pull a complete service train, rather than just driving the loco only..

The  experience will include:

  • an introductory booklet
  • safety and technical session (classroom)
  • guided tour of the engine
  • Two 9 mile trips driving
  • a year’s free membership
  • a certificate of participation
  • spaces on the train for your family
  • Photo opportunities (Emailed to you)
  • Secondman for 1 Trip
  • Guard For 1 Trip
  • Free tea & coffee
  • Free packed lunch

– Only £265

Note, we can accommodate up to two participants in each morning and afternoon session. We can also take additional family/friends as passengers in the train behind, but there will be a charge of £6 (on the day) for lunch.



Please make your booking and choose your preferred date.

Monday 27th April Class 37, (37 294)
Monday 18th May Class 31, (D5600)
Monday 29th June Class 14, (NCB 38)
Monday 27th July – Class 37, (37 294)


We reserve the right to substitute one locomotive for another in the event of unavailability. 

If you are purchasing a gift you are welcome to purchase a gift voucher which can then be redeemed against a Diesel Footplate Experience date of the participant’s choice later.

Make a full day of it on the railway! You can also tag on a Signal Box Experience either before or after your Footplate Experience.  Spend half a day in one of our signal boxes and learn the ropes as a signalman.  You’ll experience:

  • safety briefing
  • introduction to the box, its levers and indicators
  • get a loco on or off the train at the start or end of the day
  • controlling the departure and arrival of trains at Embsay Station
  • certificate of participation

If you’d like to do this, then visit our Signal Box Experience page and make a booking for the same date as your Footplate Experience.

You can use our Contact Form if you have a specific enquiry.  Please note all participants must read, understand and agree to be bound by the terms & conditions.


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