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Drive a Train at the East Kent Railway

East Kent Railway, Dover   

• Drive a diesel train on this Light Railway nr Dover
• Drive, set the points, open crossing gates & more!
• Undertake a return journey as train crew
• Invite friend & family to ride in the brake van
Driver Experience



What's Included

• Exclusive 1:1 train driving experience
• Drive a Vanguard Class, Class 08 or Ex MOD 427 locomotive - loco type not guaranteed
• Welcome, introduction and safety briefing
• Set your route at the signal box
• Get to grips with the controls on a short practice session
• Drive the locomotive for a return trip to Eythorne
• Information and facts about the loco from your experienced instructor
• Invite up to 8 passengers to ride on the train while you drive
• Experiences last for between 2.5-3 hours

What Can I Expect

The next departure from platform one on the East Kent railway is the train driver day! These experiences are totally hands-on. Not only will you be driving the ex-MOD diesel train, you'll be carrying out a whole roster of crew duties, making it an all encompassing, multitasking train driver experience.

The East Kent Railway Trust has worked hard over the years to create a fabulous railway. And before they set up their preservation society in 1985, there hadn't been a passenger service since late 1948. Goods trains did run on this small branch line though, but only as far as the colliery. So when that finally ceased production in the 80s, the Light Railway ground to a halt too.

A lot of blood, sweat and tears from a team of skilled enthusiasts over many years has put the East Kent Railway back on the map, with a base at Sheperdswell and a line that goes as far as Eythorne. Offering train driving on this East Kent line is a great way for fans to get properly involved as a team member for the day.

On your train driver experience you'll drive a return journey to Eythorne. But it's not just about driving at the East Kent railway. You'll be invited to assist with the coupling up of the brake van, set the points in the signal box before you set off and hop from the cab to open the gates across the road, before hopping back on to continue your train driving duties.

You'll also experience the highlight of the East Kent Railway; the Golgotha Tunnel, one of the longest in the south east, would you believe. The proverbial light at the end of the tunnel is the Kentish countryside as you gently head out of the valley. There's then a quick pause at the junction for the former Guildford Colliery to check the points, before entering Eythorne station, the terminus of the trainline. This is a proper half day shift as an East Kent Railway worker, carrying out all tasks!

These East Kent Railway experiences are the best way to explore and get a fabulous insight into a day in the working life of a preserved Light Railway. You'll be fully involved for the duration and it's one-to-one tuition in the driver's cab. What sets this train driver day apart is the fact that you can invite a select group of friends and family to ride in the brake van that you coupled your loco too! Brilliant stuff!


• Tuesday to Friday and some occasional Saturdays throughout the year
• Due to the popularity of this experience please book well in advance to avoid disappointment
• Morning and afternoon sessions are generally available


• East Kent Railway, Shepherdswell, Dover

Suitable For

• Minimum age 18
• Participants must have a good, general level of fitness and be able to climb up and down onto a locomotive without assistance


• Spectators are welcome at no extra charge
• Invite up to 8 passengers to ride on the train while you drive

Anything Else

• Locomotives used for the experience are subject to change and specific locos can not be guaranteed


Average Rating 5
Total Reviews 4
Recommend to Friend 4
about 2 years ago
Had a great day out at the East Kent Railway. Got plenty of time driving the train and learnt alot about the line and the locomotive. Would recommend this experience!
about 2 years ago
A very pleasant birthday treat from my partner as always wanted to drive a train. Very warm reception from Ron, Georges, Mark, Jill & Alfie. Very much hands on experience on a one-to-one basis & it's only you that operates the controls on your experience. Location very easily accessible as next to Shepherds Well main line station if you do not drive there. As a further surprise understand I will receive in due course a dvd of my experience which was not expected but pictures taken by Georges.
Ron Sturdy
about 2 years ago
Everything about the East Kent Railway was outstanding. The people (particularly Danni, James, Calum and Mark), the location, the experience and even the weather. I just can't recommend it highly enough. If you are in the least bit tempted, as they say, just do it.
Ian Mortimer
about 3 years ago
Excellent Wonderful people very helpful. Give them a ring first and they can explain the experience. It's a one to one, and you won't regret it
Bob cherry
Delivery TypeDelivery TimePrice
Standard DeliveryEstimated 2-3 days - Most delivered next working day*£1.95
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Saturday Special DeliverySaturdays Only£11.70
European Delivery3 - 5 working days£4.50
Rest of World Delivery5 - 7 working days£6.50

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* 93% delivered next working day

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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.
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Drive a Train at the East Kent Railway
Driver Experience
Total Price£199.00
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