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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
Steam Train Driving Taster Nottinghamshire



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 19
Recommend to Friend 18
about 4 years ago
Very informative staff giving clear instructions and helpful advice
Leslie Amos
about 4 years ago
Great experience. Very friendly & knowlegable instructor gave plenty of instruction in easily understood terms. Plenty of time to understand operation of the locomotive & enjoy the driving experience. Would highly recomend.
Denzil Inman
about 4 years ago
A great experience. My fiancé loved driving the train, and had a fantastic time.
Chris Thomas
about 4 years ago
It was a very enjoyable experience for a life long steam lover. The instructor gave a very comprehensive briefing of the locomotive and how to drive it. After an introduction run control was handed over and starting with a short run a longer run was undertaken and finally a full length run back to the start point was undertaken. The only criticism was that only one full length run was undertaken. It would have been nice if another full out and back run could have been made. I will certainly look at the possibility of undertaking another visit and experience in the future particularly if the additional runs could be made. The staff, mostly volunteers, were friendly and committed to the success of the railway. Brilliant day!
Roger Guy
about 4 years ago
An absolutely fantastic day, really friendly, would galadly do it again!
Sam Waller
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Drive a Train at Sherwood Forest
Steam Train Driving Taster Nottinghamshire
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