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Driver Taster Course

Learn how to operate a steam engine on this 2 hour experience

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COVD-19 UPDATE: We regret that we are currently unable to accept any Footplate Ride bookings due to current COVID-19 restrictions, which make it impossible for two people to share a footplate at the moment.  We will, of course, review this as and when restrictions change. Sorry for any disappointment!

Have you ever wanted to take to the footplate of a steam engine? 

Purchase an experience today and receive a personalised gift voucher, making these ideal gifts.

If you are buying the experience as a gift, you do not need to book the date of the experience at the time of purchase. We will provide a list of available dates along with the gift voucher.

Driver Taster Course - £160

  • Two-hour course
  • Take the regulator of one of our steam engines with one-on-one tuition from an experienced engineman
  • Learn how to fire and operate a steam locomotive
  • 10 miles of steam driving including a trip to the mouth of the Shelley Woodhouse Tunnel, a return trip to Skelmanthorpe and a trip to Cuckoo’s Nest
  • Free travel for up to four guests on the day of the course
  • A souvenir KLR mug and certificate to remember the day
  • A complimentary family ticket to the railway for a return visit within a year
  • A tour of the engine shed & workshop (subject to staff availability)
  • Available on selected weekends throughout the year
  • To be booked in advance


Please CLICK HERE to read the Kirklees Light Railway's important Terms & Conditions before purchasing a Footplate/Driver Experience at the KLR.

Participants must be 18years old or over.


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