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Diesel Cab Observer Experiences

This is the perfect taster experience!

Join our diesel driver from an observer perspective on a cab journey that includes some arduous work by the loco including the 1 in 68 banks, and experience the thrill, sights and sounds, and the unmistakable roar of a vintage diesel locomotive.

Your vintage diesel could be the unique Clayton, Class 20 or Class 37 (and others!) on the 15.00 passenger service and observe the journey that only our drivers generally get to see - for the general locomotive roster see here

Our expert and highly experienced driver will answer your questions and point out the various points of interest during the journey.


  • Vintage Diesel Observer - £25.00 + any appropriate Adult, Senior, or National Railcard holder's travel ticket.


Vintage Diesel footplate rides are only available on either the 15.00 or 16.30 departure from Chinnor on most Sundays our standard service operates, and may include or exclude certain special event days.

All dates and times are subject to availability and must be booked in advance - see below for times and availability.

If you are looking for a more hands on experience, see our actual Driver Experiences, where you are fully in control of the locomotive!

Booking information


  1. Be aged over 18 years.
  2. Be reasonably fit and in good health - fit enough to climb on and off the locomotive from ground level unaided, if required.
  3. Wear old clothing that fully covers your arms and legs.
  4. Wear sturdy shoes / boots that protect your feet - trainers are not permitted.
  5. Not attend the ride / experience under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  6. Also purchase an Adult, Senior, or Adult National Railcard travel ticket.

Please note that the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway reserves the right to reschedule any Diesel Footplate Ride or refuse entry for whatever reason. There is a maximum of one participant per ride and no other guests are allowed on the footplate.

Book tickets

Sun 24 Jun 2018
Depart 12:15 - Advance Booking Closed. Plenty of tickets available to buy on the day.
Sun 01 Jul 2018
Depart 12:15 - only 1 places left
Sun 08 Jul 2018
Sun 15 Jul 2018
Depart 12:15 - only 1 places left
Sun 22 Jul 2018
Depart 12:15 - only 1 places left
Sun 29 Jul 2018
Depart 12:15 - only 1 places left
Sun 05 Aug 2018
Depart 12:15 - only 1 places left
Sun 12 Aug 2018
Depart 12:15 - only 1 places left