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Drive & Fly The Watlington Flyer

Introducing ‘The Watlington Flyer’ Vintage Aeroplane Flying and Steam Train Driving Experiences. We have teamed up with Finest Hour Experiences to offer quite possibly the UK’s, or perhaps even the World’s, ultimate vintage transport driving experience: drive a former GWR steam locomotive and take to the Oxfordshire skies in a Tiger Moth biplane!

  • There are several levels of flying time and Driving Experiences available - but each are branded ‘The Watlington Flyer’ after the train which ran until 1957 between Princes Risborough and Watlington via Chinnor.
  • Fly a Tiger Moth over the four mile-long Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway while steam trains are operating and drive a steam-hauled train along the line.
  • Tuition is by highly experienced instructors (pilots, steam locomotive drivers and firemen) who collectively have over a century of experience in their respective fields.
The two organisations have worked together to design a range of fly-drive packages to suit all those who are discerning railway and aviation aficionados. ‘The Watlington Flyer’ experience really is the perfect gift for the person who is on the brink of an epic event, such as a birthday, anniversary, or retirement, and who deserve only the best!

The headline package is a 45-minute flying lesson in the Tiger Moth over the Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway whilst weekend steam services are operating. The steam locomotive element is a half day driving the steam train. The weekend flights are from Chiltern Park aerodrome near Wallingford, but can also be taken on some summer evenings from the historic setting of Bicester Heritage.

A chock to chock Tiger Moth flying experience lasting
15-minutes, plus sharing the steam footplate with one other for a whole morning or afternoon. With expert tuition in driving a steam locomotive, given by our friendly steam crew, you will each take charge of the train for a full trip up and down our scenic branch line.  Silver experience - £599.

A unique ‘Chinnor special’ flight of up to 45 minutes where you will fly the length of the line over the scheduled train services. You will also enjoy having our railway and steam locomotive to yourself for a whole morning or afternoon taking sole charge of our steam locomotive and its train for half a day. You will drive two full trips up and down our scenic line with one-to-one tuition from our friendly steam crew. Gold experience - £1249.

A 60-minute absolute peak experience where you will fly in a Tiger Moth the length of the line over the scheduled train services. You have sole use of the railway, its steam locomotive and train for the entire day! You will oversee our lovely restored steam locomotive guided by our expert and friendly steam crews, enjoying four trips up and down our scenic branch line. Platinum experience - £1999.

The experience will be remembered for a lifetime - but to provide a truly unique package the two organisations have collaborated on the production of a bespoke film for you to keep forever. This includes flying scenes above the Chilterns including aerobatics and views on and under the steam locomotive, plus footage shot from a variety of steam locomotive footplates by day and night while operating at high speed across the national network. This film will not be available to the general public and will only be provided as part of the Presentation Pack for all purchasers of the
‘The Watlington Flyer’ Vintage Aeroplane Flying and Steam Train Driving Experiences.

For all information please email Chris at driverexperience@chinnorrailway.co.uk or call him on 07784 189322.

Please note: we will also be introducing another unique experience enabling you to drove a 1960s diesel train and to fly in a period Chipmonk. Details will be available in 2018.

Booking information

Please note:

  1. The steam driving Experiences are strictly limited to one day per month between April and October in 2018. All places were sold in 2016 and 2017, and so it is highly advisable to book as early as possible for this joint experience.   
  2. These unique ‘bucket-list’ Experiences do not have to take place on the same day.
  3. Trains will run whatever the weather. Tiger Moth flights will take place from Chiltern Park, near Wallingford, and are subject to weather conditions on the day.
  4. Lucky recipients can decide in which order they drive the steam train or take the flight. It may be possible in certain circumstances to do sample both Experiences on the same day, but this will be by prior arrangement and dependent on very early booking.
  5. Recipients must be 18 yrs or over and able to climb in and out of both the locomotive and the Tiger Moth. A reasonable standard of physical fitness is therefore required and certain medications may prohibit users from taking part - nobody under the influence of drink or drugs will be admitted.
  6. Vouchers are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase. An electronic receipt will be issued straight away and a printed gift pack will be sent within 7-working-days.
  7. Redemption instructions on how to book will be included with the printed gift pack.
For all information please email Chris at driverexperience@chinnorrailway.co.uk or call him on 07784 189322.

Book tickets

Printed cut off:
Open Day - Advance Booking Closed. Plenty of tickets available to buy on the day.