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Driver Experience Courses for 2020

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 days from April to October 2020. 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!

Steam Driver Experience Courses

Come and learn how to drive our lovely steam locomotive - take your train along our scenic line in the Chilterns - pulling either a rake of chocolate and cream passenger coaches or a passenger coach and goods wagons.

Refreshments and lunch for the Driver and one guest are included in each fantastic Driving 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 - £450 (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 the Railway to yourself for a whole morning or afternoon! You will take sole charge of the steam locomotive for half a day and enjoy 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 the lovely steam locomotive, under the expert guidance of our friendly steam crew, you will enjoy four trips up and down our scenic branch line.

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

Diesel Driver Experience Courses

Heritage diesels are great fun to drive too! Dependent on availability, you might take the controls of our unique Class 17 ‘Clayton’, a Class 31 or Class 37 locomotive. Whichever one you drive you will get to pull our rake of chocolate and cream passenger coaches or a passenger coach and goods wagons. We are confident you will have a great time!

SILVER - £350 (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 the scenic branch line.

GOLD - £525 (price includes VAT)

Enjoy the privilege of having the Railway to yourself for a whole morning or afternoon! You will take sole charge of the 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 - £950 (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 the scenic branch line.

Please contact Chris via email to driverexperience@chinnorrailway.co.uk 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 present?

Our friendly and knowledgeable train crew will look after all our new Drivers and guide them throughout their Driving 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 Drivers 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 Driving Experience Dates in 2020

Saturday 25 April, Saturday 16 May, Saturday 17 June, Saturday 25 July, Saturday 12 September, Saturday 26 September, Saturday 10 October

Diesel Driving Experience Dates in 2020

Saturday 6 June, Saturday 11 July, Saturday 8 August

 

Guests, Lunches and Refreshments

It's always fun to join in with the fun on a Driving Experience Day - even for those who are not driving! We are pleased to welcome guests of the Driver and can accommodate up to 8, if arranged in advance. Of course, guests are welcome to travel for free on their Driver's train!

The Driving 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 Driving Experience Course, let us know and we’ll see if we can accommodate it.

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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