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Driver Experience Courses for 2019

Driver Experience Courses for 2019

A Driver Experience Course with one of our steam or heritage diesel locomotives makes a great gift for someone special! Why not buy one for Dad or Mum, or Son, or Daughter?

Our courses are held on selected Saturdays from April to October 2019. We offer half-day Silver and Gold courses and an all-day Platinum course. We will be delighted to help you choose the one that is right for you – or for that someone special! 

To find out more and to book your Driver Experience Course, please e-mail Chris at driverexperience@chinnorrailway.co.uk or telephone 07784 189322.

Steam Driver Experience Courses

Come and learn how to drive our resident steam locomotive! Take a train down our scenic line along the Chiltern Hills pulling either a rake of chocolate and cream passenger coaches, or our Branchline Set with passenger carriage and goods wagons. Refreshments and lunch for the Driver and one guest are included in each fantastic Driver Experience course. Refreshments and meals for additional guests and friends are available at reasonable prices. All Drivers will receive a Certificate at the end of what we are sure will be an unforgettable day.

SILVER - £400 (price includes VAT)

Enjoy 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.

GOLD  - £750 (price includes VAT)

Enjoy the privilege of having our railway to yourself, for a whole morning or afternoon! You will take sole charge of our steam locomotive for half a day, enjoying two full trips up and down our scenic line, with one-to-one tuition from our friendly steam crew.

PLATINUM - £1300 (price includes VAT)

Luxuriate in having the whole railway to yourself for the entire day! Taking charge of our lovely steam locomotive, under the expert guidance of our friendly steam crew, you will enjoy four trips up and down our scenic branch line.

Diesel Driver Experience Courses

Our heritage diesels are equally as much of a fantastic experience too! You can choose, subject to availability, a Class 08, Class 17, Class 20, Class 31 and a Class 37. You’ll have a trailing load of a minimum of 140 ton and combine that with some our challenging steep gradients (up to 1 in 68), you’ll really get the full experience (and thrash) of driving one of these great beasts!

On top of the superb driving experience, you’ll also get to learn a bit about the locomotive and their history.

We are confident you will have a thrashing great time!

SILVER - £300 (price includes VAT)

Enjoy sharing the cab with one other, for a whole morning or afternoon. With expert tuition in driving a diesel locomotive, given by our friendly train crew, you will each take charge of the train for a full trip up and down our scenic branch line.

GOLD  - £500 (price includes VAT)

Enjoy the privilege of having our railway to yourself, for a whole morning or afternoon! You will take sole charge of our diesel locomotive for half a day, enjoying two full trips up and down our scenic line, with one-to-one tuition from our friendly train crew.

PLATINUM - £900 (price includes VAT)

Luxuriate in having the whole railway to yourself for the entire day! Taking charge of one of our magnificent diesel locomotives, under the expert guidance of our friendly train crew, you will enjoy four trips up and down our scenic branch line.

Please contact Chris by e-mail to find out more details and to book or purchase one of our Driver Experience Courses. We will be pleased to provide a Personalised Voucher in the name of the recipient, so why not treat someone special to a wonderful gift or present?

Our friendly and knowledgeable train crew will look after all our new Drivers and guide them throughout their Driver Experience course. 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 Driver how to start and stop the locomotive and train safely and what to do as they take it and the train along our 3½ mile line.

STEAM DRIVER EXPERIENCE DATES IN 2019:   
Saturday 27 April, Saturday 18 May, Saturday 15 June, Saturday 27 July, Saturday 07 September, Saturday 21 September, Saturday 12 October.

Chris has made a video showing scenes on the steam footplate.

DIESEL DRIVER EXPERIENCE DATES IN 2019:
Saturday 01 June, Saturday 06 July, Saturday 10 August.

Guests, Lunches and Refreshments

It’s always fun to join in a Driver Experience Day, even for those not driving! We are pleased to welcome guests of the Driver and can accommodate up to 16, if arranged in advance. Of course, guests are welcome to travel on their Driver’s train in the passenger carriage!

The Driver Experience Course price includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day for the Driver and one guest. We will be delighted to provide lunches and refreshments for further guests, if booked in advance. Adult meals are priced at £9.00 per person.

Special Requests

We want all of our visitors to have a wonderful day out with us. If you have a special request for your Driver Experience Course, let us know and we’ll see if we can accommodate it.

We look forward to welcoming you onto one of our Driver Experience Courses!

Booking information

To find out more and to book your Driver Experience Course please telephone Chris, Experiences Coordinator, on 07784 189322, or please email him at driverexperience@chinnorrailway.co.uk.

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