Your drive a steam train day starts with an introduction from your host for the day at the main steam railway station in Loughborough, Leicestershire, with a hot drink and, of course,
getting kitted out in the driver's overalls ready to step back in time as you walk along the beautifully restored platform.
After watching an introductory video and a safety briefing, you will be shown around the station. The tour includes the fully restored and working signal box and the extensive locomotive workshops staffed by skilled enthusiasts who can answer all your questions. The site is a veritable dream for all fans who've dreamt of having the chance to drive a steam train and the enthusiasm of the knowledgeable staff is infectious! A selection of alternative
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Then it's time for the highlight of the day - your chance to climb aboard the footplate of a large mainline steam locomotive on Britain's only mainline heritage double track railway. The mainline railway runs from Loughborough through some of the most beautiful countryside in the East Midlands and calls at two further stations before reaching the terminus at Leicester.
Bronze Drive a Steam Train Experience:
You will be taken on an observation journey in a diesel train so that you can see the track and signals. It's full steam ahead as you and another customer then take charge of a steam locomotive with a footplate crew in support for a 16 mile round trip.
Silver Drive a Steam Train Experience:
The pressure mounts, the fire is glowing. You and another customer share responsibility to drive a steam train with a full rake of carriages over two return trips of the mainline, a total distance of over 30 miles.
Both experiences conclude with a presentation of a personalised certificate and an information pack. Lunch for the driver is included. Free tea and coffee is offered to all guests on arrival. Experience experts IntotheBlue