Driver Experience

Steam Driver Experience

Come and drive a steam locomotive on a full round trip from Rowsley South to Matlock and return, join our trained crews on a once in a lifetime experience hauling a guards van through the beautiful Derwent Valley with your hands on the regulator.

Your friends and family can join you and travel in the Guards van on the back of the train, photos and video stops are part of the trip. You get to feel what it was like to haul a train back up the valley to Rowsley back in the days of steam.

We are operating these very popular days on most Saturday mornings through the season, Timeslots available are either 09:30-11:30 or 11:30-13:30 (These times are approximate).

Steam Driver Experience £420

Diesel Driver Experience

New for 2024, why not try your hand at driving our diesel locomotive Class 44 D8 ‘Penyghent’, these days will include hauling a round trip with carriages to Matlock Riverside and back. Family and friends can ride ‘on the cushions’ whilst you drive.

Timeslots available are either 11:30-13:30 or 13:30-15:30 (These times are approximate).

Diesel Driver Experience £500

Booking Conditions

  • Participants must be 18 and over, reasonably fit and agile to be able to climb into the loco cab from the track level and remain standing for a minimum of two hours. Glasses and hearing aids are accepted.
  • In case of failure of the locomotive the participant may be required to walk at least a distance of ½ mile on uneven ballast (railway track).
  • Participants must not be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Prescribed medication is acceptable provided it does not adversely affect behaviour.
  • The footplate can be hot and dirty and time spent there can be arduous.
    Appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn; a T shirt, shorts and trainers are NOT acceptable.
  • Overalls or boiler suit are preferable, but in all cases, it is recommended that clothing made from cotton should be worn next to the skin. Man-made fibres can melt onto the skin if inadvertent contact is made with any of the hot boiler fittings (Steam Driver Experience only).
  • For Diesel Driver Experience, we reccomend sensible clothing or overalls, with no loose straps or appendages.
  • Stout footwear, boots (preferably steel toe cap) or walking shoes are needed – NOT trainers.
  • Cancellation or rearrangement of dates must be made at least a minimum of seven days prior to the experience day.  No refunds made if less than seven days notice is given.

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