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

Drive a Train at the East Kent Railway

East Kent Railway, Dover
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Rated Based On 4 Reviews
    • 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
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Price £199.00
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Driver Experience £199.00

What's Included

• Exclusive 1:1 train driving experience
• Drive a Vanguard Class, Dutch NS687, 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!

Availability

• Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the year
• Alternative weekdays are available upon request
• Due to the popularity of this experience please book well in advance to avoid disappointment
• Morning and afternoon sessions are generally available

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

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

Anything Else I Need To Know?

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

Location

• East Kent Railway, Shepherdswell, Dover

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  • Delivery Options
    Delivery Type Delivery Time Price
    Standard Delivery Estimated 2-3 days - Most delivered next working day* £1.95
    Weekly Special Delivery Guaranteed next working day £7.50
    Saturday Special Delivery Saturdays Only £11.70
    European Delivery 3 - 5 working days £4.50
    Rest of World Delivery 5 - 7 working days £6.50
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    All orders places before 4pm will be dispatched the same working day

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Delivery Type Delivery Time Price
Standard Delivery Estimated 2-3 days - Most delivered next working day* £1.95
Weekly Special Delivery Guaranteed next working day £7.50
Saturday Special Delivery Saturdays Only £11.70
European Delivery 3 - 5 working days £4.50
Rest of World Delivery 5 - 7 working days £6.50
Evoucher Instantaneous Free

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

* 93% delivered next working day

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4 reviews, 5/5 average rating.
Drive a Train at the East Kent Railway
5.0
By
Review posted about 1 year 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!
Yes, I recommend this product.

Drive a Train at the East Kent Railway
5.0
By
Review posted about 1 year 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.
Yes, I recommend this product.



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