You will arrive at the Nene Valley Railways Wansford Station in the mid-afternoon of Saturday 2nd September 2017 and participate in a short tutorial about the driving and firing of a steam locomotive by one of our resident steam drivers. You will then be given an insight into working a freight train from the perspective of a Freight Guard. From here you will then have the opportunity to visit Wansford Signal Box and witness the duties and responsibilities of the Signalman on duty.
Once the theory is done and dusted the practical fun begins and you will be able to put into practice all you have learnt as you get to drive, fire and guard a freight train over our 7 1/2 mile line. As an added thrill, you will have the opportunity to act as shunter in marshalling your very own freight train and experience all that goes with the handling of wagons.
As afternoon turns into evening you will get to see our railway at dusk as you power along with the wagons clattering behind you and the iron road stretching out ahead.
This course will begin at approximately 3pm with the theory. The practical element will start at 5pm and end by about 9pm. Each participant will have at least an hour in total on the footplate, possibly more depending on the popularity of the course.
The course will only run with a maximum of 8 people, so early booking is advised.
The whole package is priced at £350.00 per person.
This includes light refreshment in the form of tea and nibbles, and also a memento of your time with us.
The working of a Steam Railway is physically demanding and so a reasonable level of fitness is required to participate in this course.
On the grounds of health and safety we unfortunately cannot accept any participants under the age of 18years.
Sturdy footwear is essential such as shoes or boots, but overalls and gloves will be provided.
The footplate of a steam locomotive is a dirty place and so consideration should be given to clothing worn by participants as we will accept no liability for damage to your best suit!
Whilst we would never seek to discriminate on the ground of disability, it is an unfortunate fact that the footplate of a steam locomotive is not suitable for those in a wheelchair or on crutches. Minor disability would not necessarily preclude you from joining us for the course, but if you’re unsure please ask…we’re a friendly bunch!
The locomotive for the course will be the locomotive rostered for normal passenger working throughout the day of Saturday 2nd September 2017. Please be aware that this locomotive may be subject to change at short notice.
Our mission is to ensure that you enjoy the experience and get the most out of it. You will be coached through everything you do and never be left to fend for yourself. If driving a freight train has always been your dream, then we can make it a reality.
If you have any questions or queries either prior to booking, after booking, or on the day then don’t hesitate to ask.