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Live that dream with our Drive a Diesel Day or Drive a Diesel Railcar Day experiences.

The Drive a Diesel Day features driving a former mainline diesel locomotive such as a Class 31 or Class 33 in the morning, followed by a heritage railcar in the afternoon.

The Drive a Diesel Railcar Day features driving a heritage diesel railcar all day.

Both experiences include lunch for the participant and for one guest and take place between 10:00 and 16:00.

Our charity, the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Association, organise popular Steam Locomotive driving experiences. Please visit http://www.e-v-r.com/experiences to view more details and book these experiences.

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£109.00 Drive the Dream Diesel Taster Drive the Dream Diesel Taster Selected Summer Tuesday Mornings Drive the dream with one of our diesel locomotive driving taster sessions. Spend an hour with our experienced driver in the cab of one of our...

Selected Summer Tuesday Mornings

Drive the dream with one of our diesel locomotive driving taster sessions. Spend an hour with our experienced driver in the cab of one of our heritage diesel locomotives trying your hand at mastering the controls.

  • Drive the line between Wirksworth and Shottle and back, with our experienced driver showing you the ropes and our secondman operating the level crossing gates. There are no other participants.
  • The experience lasts one hour and takes place using the locomotive rostered for service on the date you visit from a pool of Class 14, Class 31, Class 33 or Class 73, prior to it commencing passenger duties for the day.
  • Includes a complementary Day Rover for the participant to ride on the trains for the rest of the day.
  • The experience takes place "light engine" (i.e. the locomotive only without coaches)
  • Sorry, guests are not able to ride on the locomotive during the experience but may wait at Wirksworth Station and use the facilities there.
  • Participants must be aged 18 or above
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£275.00 Bronze Drive a Diesel Day Bronze Drive a Diesel Day Spend the day learning about the operation of a Diesel train as part of a small group of individuals who have also received this gift. One of our experienced drivers will introduce...

Spend the day learning about the operation of a Diesel train as part of a small group of individuals who have also received this gift. One of our experienced drivers will introduce you to railway operations at the controls of a heritage DMU in the morning before lunch at the Station Cafe. The afternoon allows you to journey some of the Ecclesbourne Valley, taking it in turns at the controls of a large main line locomotive.

Features:

    Opportunities to drive either diesel railcar or diesel shunting locomotive then large main line diesel
    Lunch included for participant and one guest
    Dates throughout the year
    Approx. 09:30 until 16:00
    Where possible guests may be able to ride on the train

Participants must be aged 18 or over and must be physically able to climb into the train from ground level at all ages.

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Live that dream with our Drive a Diesel Day or Drive a Diesel Railcar Day experiences.

The Drive a Diesel Day features driving a former mainline diesel locomotive such as a Class 31 or Class 33 in the morning, followed by a heritage railcar in the afternoon.

The Drive a Diesel Railcar Day features driving a heritage diesel railcar all day.

Both experiences include lunch for the participant and for one guest and take place between 10:00 and 16:00.

Our charity, the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Association, organise popular Steam Locomotive driving experiences. Please visit http://www.e-v-r.com/experiences to view more details and book these experiences.

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