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Diesel Driver Experiences with 37227:

Can you see yourself driving this powerful Class 37?

On Saturdays 20 July and 31 August (Sorry Sold Out) you can get a feel of a first generation mainline diesel and experience the sheer power as you unleash its engine to tackle our steeply graded Railway! You will get to pull a rake of 1950s passenger coaches when you drive a round trip of the line up to our boundary gate at Thame Junction and return, all made under guidance from our experienced driving instructor. We are confident you will have a great time!

Our friendly and knowledgeable train crew will look after all our new Drivers and guide them throughout their Diesel Driver Experience. Starting with a Safety Briefing, we then give a familiarisation session with our locomotive, to show how it works and how to operate its controls. We'll show our new Drivers how to start and stop the locomotive and train safely and what to do as they take it and the train along the 6 mile round trip of the line.

Price £425 (includes VAT)

In addition, you and your guests are welcome to stay for more trips of the line and please do discuss with Chris by email below.


Your Driving Experience Course price includes refreshments for the Driver and one guest. We will be delighted to provide refreshments for additional guests at our regular prices.

Special Requests

Our aim is to ensure all of our visitors to have a wonderful and memorable visit with us. If you have a special request for your Driving Experience, do let us know and we’ll see how we can accommodate your wishes.

For further information and to book?

You can book online below at any time. Or if you would like to find out more including diesel locomotive availability please email Chris, Experiences Coordinator, at driverexperience@chinnorrailway.co.uk

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.

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

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Sat 31 Aug 2024

10:30 departing from: Chinnor Sorry - Sold Out

10:35 departing from: Chinnor Sorry - Sold Out

14:00 departing from: Chinnor Sorry - Sold Out

14:05 departing from: Chinnor Sorry - Sold Out