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Steam Train Driving Kent

Tenterden Town Station, Kent    

• Drive a steam train day from Tenterden in Kent
• Be the driver, fireman and guard during your day
• Assist with operating the gates and a 'run around'
• With breakfast, lunch & all the tea you can drink
Steam Train Driving Day



What's Included

• An Introduction to Steam Train Driving
• Experience being the Driver, Fireman and Guard
• Join a group of 6 other participants swapping roles in pairs between Tenterden and Bodiam on the route
• Learn the basics of starting and stopping the locomotive
• Help to operate crossing gates and the locomotive 'run around' at Bodiam
• Return to Tenterden Town station for a ploughmans lunch
• Tuition from an experienced driver instructor
• Further trip over the whole line putting your newly learnt skills into action
• Certificate of achievement
• Discount voucher for the purchase of exclusive souvenirs and gifts
• Light refreshments are provided throughout the day
• Complimentary premium gift packaging from Into the Blue  

What Can I Expect

Time to go all nostalgic when you get to meet and work on a lovely steam train in Kent as part of the loco's hands-on crew for the day. But first things first; at Tenterden Town station proceedings are kicked off in a very civilised fashion, with all guests meeting over a breakfast bap and copious amounts of hot steaming tea.

Your hosts will then lead a safety briefing to let you know the 'dos and don'ts' of being around the working steam locomotive trains that reside on the South Easts premier heritage line. Then you and your fellow guest drivers will head out onto the platform where you'll find your historic steam locomotive waiting for you, ready to rumble down the line.

The first job is to get the loco all stoked up and steaming. When you're ready to depart, you'll be given tuition by the expert drivers on how to smoothly pull off. Now once you're rolling you will, of course, need to know how to stop, so you'll be shown how to brake in your multi-tonne steam train on this magnificent railway in the heart of Kent and Sussex. With expert tuition you'll soon be confident in simple driving manoeuvres (and remember it takes a lot of distance to bring a hefty steam locomotive to a halt!).

As you are part of a small group for the day, tasks will be rotated amongst the team. Everyone will get a go at firing, driving, guard duties and assisting with level crossings as you go on your first run of the day from Tenterden to Bodiam. On arrival at Bodiam there'll be lashings of railway tea and time for photos, before you assist as the engine 'runs around' to couple back up to the carriages, ready to head back to Tenterden.

By the time you roll into the platform at Tenterden it'll be time for a well-deserved lunch. After enjoying a tasty ploughman's with your fellow railway crew, you head off on another outward and return journey on the line. This time you'll be well versed in your various duties and the team will be working like a well-oiled machine to get the loco steaming beautifully along.

We think these experiences give you a real feel for life as a steam train driver, fireman and guard during the golden age of steam trains. Kent's friendliest heritage railway will welcome you with open arms and you'll really feel like part of the team for the day. Excellent fun, informative, hands on and all done in a convivial way, sign up now for the next departure from platform 1!


• Experiences run on selected weekdays from April to October, excluding August
• Participants shout arrive at 8.30am for a 9am start and finish around 5pm


• Your steam train adventure departs from Tenterden Station in Kent

You can choose from a range of Steam train experiences that we have available throughout the UK but, if you fancy a look at some alternative days out then take a peek at our home page for some great, and cheap experience day activities on offer right now.

Suitable For

• Minimum age 18 years
• Participants over 80 years old will need to provide a doctors certificate
• You should wear sturdy footwear and clothing that covers your arms and legs
• Participants need to be agile enough to climb the ladder into the engine cab and in the unlikely event of an emergency, be able to leave the footplate quickly and jump from height to the ground without assistance


• Friends and family are very welcome to visit however experiences usually operate on 'closed' days


Average Rating 5
Total Reviews 6
Recommend to Friend 6
about 4 years ago
A wonderful experience. Hosted by very enthusiastic and friendly driver, fireman, guard and trainer, we had the run of the line for several miles between several stations and 3 sets of level crossings. The line is closed to other usage on training days, so we're the only ones on the line. There's plenty of long straights, curves and gradients to experience all combinations of speed and braking, and the experienced staff are right by you, advising and helping; you can do as much or as little as you feel comfortable with. Usually the half day involves up to 6 'trainees', and at regular stops along the route you change roles, so you get to experience everything. You learn a lot during the event; not just how to do things, but how things work and why. The day starts with tea/coffee, a bacon roll and a safety training session, and ends with a goodie bag including a mug and T shirt. I worried about what clothes to wear (were they going to get torn or dirty), but I needn't have worried; everyone gets a boiler suit to wear over their own clothes. During the day there's plenty of opportunity for photo shoots, and the staff are only too happy to take pics of you with your phone/camera. Family and friends aren't allowed on the 'training' train (health & safety rules) and there's no cafe on Rolvenden station for them to wait, but apparently from next year (2017) the course will run from Tenterden station where the they have better facilities - cafe, better training room etc.
John Haberfield
about 4 years ago
Really well organized by KESR - opportunities to drive , fire , conduct , open gates and simply sit on train All well explained and tutored by friendly volunteers Wonderful country views including Bodiam Castle Gather event to be moved to Tenterden next year where they have better facilities for parking , food and drink etc
David Hunter
about 5 years ago
Very friendly and informative to do everthing,driving,fireing,level crossing gates and guard.staff very helpful.
Barry Arnold
about 5 years ago
An excellent experience that could only be improved by proper parking facilities at the station. Cars are parked at the side of the road opposite the station and in fact my car was damaged whilst attending the experience.
Robert Smith
about 5 years ago
Most fun I've had in a long time. A cooked breakfast was served when we arrived. Professional and patient staff taught the basics of moving the train, feeding the ever hungry fire and guard duties. I would certainly recommend this experience and am very tempted to go again.
Angela Atkinson
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Vouchers are usually valid for 23 months from the date of purchase (unless otherwise stated) and shall become invalid on the expiry date. The expiry date is set out on the Voucher. Vouchers may be extended for a further 23 months on payment of an admin fee of £10 plus any increase that may have taken place for that activity since the original date of purchase. Please note that some Vouchers cannot be extended; this will be stated on the Voucher. PLEASE NOTE: You must book and take your experience before the before the expiry date of the voucher.
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Total Price£495.00
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