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Drive a Train at Sherwood Forest


• Drive a 5/8th scale steam loco in Nottinghamshire
• The Sherwood Forest Railway - a family concern
• You will be a VIP for the day driving the train
• The current 15" gauge line is 1-mile long

What's Included

• Driving session on a narrow gauge steam engine
• A health and safety briefing and instruction session to start
• 1:1 instruction and the chance to drive the Sherwood Forest Railway track
• Driving time is around 30-40 minutes but you should allow up to 1 hour for this experience

What Can I Expect

When it comes to cuteness, the Sherwood Forest Railway wins hands down! It's a whole world of steam all in miniature, at this delightful family-owned railway that runs along the edge of the former Sherwood Forest farm park area - and this experience will see you getting to drive one of the steam locos.

The SFR (as the Sherwood Forest Railway is know to locals and fans!) is Nottinghamshire's only 15" railway. Rolling on this narrow gauge track are 5/8th scale locomotives, with both diesel and steam powered versions, along with a fine collection of bright and shiny passenger carriages. For this experience you will be driving one of the lovely steam trains.

The family who operates this charming railway originally bought steam locos Smokey Joe and Pet back in 1998, but it wasn't until 2000 that they had found the perfect location on the edge of Sherwood Forest to build their railway track. Each year the line is extended and now stands at one mile, complete with two level crossings, a tunnel and two stations at Loxley and Welldale. There's even another steam loco (Doodlebug) coming onboard to join the original duo.

You might think that these small, yet perfectly formed trains and carriages are for leisure use only, but in fact back in the 19th and early 20th century, narrow gauge set ups were used to help construct railways, roads and waterways. The layout of this Sherwood-based railway is in former flood dykes used to irrigate the fields surrounded by forest and woodland and makes good use of the original cuttings and straight lines!

On your very special Sherwood Forest Railway experience, you will be a VIP guest at this wonderful attraction. After a safety briefing, you will shown how to fire up the steam loco as you head off for a full return trip along the line with you on the footplate doing all the hard work! Brilliant fun and a fantastic atmosphere at this mini-scale steam railway.


• Trains run 7 days a week from March to November in 2019 (limited availability on weekend dates)
• Experience will operate on weekdays only during 2020
• Trains operate from 11.00am to 4:30pm


• Sherwood Forest Railway, Nottinghamshire

Suitable For

• There is a minimum age of 18 years
• Maximum weight of 18 stone


• Friends and family are welcome to come along and watch you depart from the platform
• Entry is free when the railway is running
• Train rides are £2.00 per person
• Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome and can ride for free

Anything Else

• Hot and cold refreshments are available
• Toilets and kids play areas are onsite
• Picnic areas are available


Average Rating 4
Total Reviews 23
Recommend to Friend 22
last month
A very enjoyable experience. The instructor was very knowledgeable and friendly and put me at ease straightway. Plenty of opportunity to drive the loco.
Philip Stiles
last month
Great day. Well managed and very enjoyable. Was fantastic to be able to drive the train while the family travelled on it!
8 months ago
Helpful staff, will be better when the extension is opened and a longer journey can be achieved. Only allowed to drive in one direction which reduces the experience.
John Foster
11 months ago
A very good experience, even in Covid-restricted times. The staff is very friendly and informative, with clear instructions about what needs to be done, with opportunities to drive the loco with passengers included. I really enjoyed my time there.
about 5 years ago
Very informative staff giving clear instructions and helpful advice
Leslie Amos
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