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Traction Engine Driving in Cumbria

Near Broughton in Furness   

• Learn about the operation of a Traction engine
• Learn the engine start up procedures
• Perform some manoeuvres with the engine
• A short road run

What's Included

• The Course lasts approximately 3.5 hours
• Experiences can be for 1 or shared by 2 people
• Learn all about the mechanical operation of Traction engine and its history
• Take part in the preparation and Engine start up procedures
• Perform some manoeuvres with the engine
• Short road run
• Light refreshments are included
• Complimentary premium gift packaging from Into the Blue  

What Can I Expect

Driving a steam traction engine near beautiful Lake Windermere in Cumbria. This nostalgic driving experience can be shared with a friend/partner as the second driver on the footplate. Each steam traction engine course is tailored to the individual, to ensure all drivers have a great experience, whether they are knowledgeable enthusiasts or have never set foot on a steam traction engine before.

This half day steam traction engine experience starts at Old Hall Farm which is a Victorian Woking Farm Museum at Both and is situated 5 miles from Newby Bridge at the southern tip of Lake Windermere - a gorgeous setting for the lucky drivers as well as friends and family. The land around Old Hall Farm is worked by heavy horses and steam engines. There is a display of vintage machinery and vehicles including a number of Steam Engine. There is also a cafe and shop where you can buy the Ice Cream made from the milk of Old Hall's herd of Jersey Cows.

Drivers will be shown around the steam traction engine, with guidance on safety and operation. You will learn all about the history of the engine Western Star, which is a 1912 road locomotive built by John Fowler of Leeds to pull heavy loads over long distances.

Then it's time to light up the coal powered steam engine and prepare the engine for driving. You will have the opportunity to step onto the footplate and perform some manoeuvres with the engine, and a drive for a few miles down the road. The railway centre has a good restaurant and shop - again lots to see and do for all!


• Experiences operate from the end of March to October
• Morning sessions start at 9am until 12.30pm and afternoon sessions at 2pm to 5.30pm


• Near Lake Windermere, Cumbria

Suitable For

• No experience is required for driving the traction engine
• Minumum age is 18
• A full UK or European driving licence is required


• Friends/family are welcome to meet the engine at the start point


Average Rating 5
Total Reviews 3
Recommend to Friend 3
about 5 years ago
Absolutely brilliant experience for my husband who was in his element for the whole day. My husband enjoys anything to do with oil, motors, steam, hydraulics etc especially the vintage and the classic variety. I would recommend this to anyone who does not mind getting their hands dirty as you certainly don't finish the day clean. The breakfast cooked on the shovel in the boiler was the best bacon and egg sandwich we have ever tasted and to Chris's mum who baked the shortbread for us, can I please have the recipe. Wonderful day, wonderful memories. Thanks you
Maggie Lock
about 5 years ago
I am an engineer so I very much appreciated the excellent instructions from Chris who I must add was very knowledgeable about all aspects of the engine. The high highlight of the experience was the one mile drive through Bouth village and back- including collecting water from the local stream I will certainly recommend the experience to all my friends. Thank You
Roy Hodgson
about 6 years ago
Once in a lifetime experience - amazing what you can achieve if you want it enough.
Delivery TypeDelivery TimePrice
Standard DeliveryEstimated 2-3 days - Most delivered next working day*£1.95
Weekly Special DeliveryGuaranteed next working day£7.50
Saturday Special DeliverySaturdays Only£11.70
European Delivery3 - 5 working days£4.50
Rest of World Delivery5 - 7 working days£6.50

All orders places before 4pm will be dispatched the same working day

* 93% delivered next working day

All orders are sent in plain packaging so as not to ruin the surprise.

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Premium Gift Pack

Premium Gift Pack includes a brushed metal steel tin which will hold your personalised gift voucher and a Company booklet. The Premium Choice.

(incurs a £4.99 shipping charge)

standard gift pack
Standard Gift Pack

Standard Gift Pack Comes with a Smart envelope,your personalised gift voucher and a Company booklet. The Personal Choice.

(incurs a £1.95 shipping charge)

standard gift pack

The Into the Blue E-Voucher is an instant email option,it consists of a personalised email and a pdf download of your personalised gift voucher.The Instant Choice


Vouchers are usually valid for 12 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 12 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.
Traction Engine Driving in Cumbria
Traction Engine Driving in Cumbria
Traction Engine Experience
Total Price£250.00
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