COVD-19 UPDATE: We regret that we are currently unable to accept any Driver Experience Course bookings due to current COVID-19 restrictions, we are hopeful that we will be able to start offering these experiences by the end of summer 2021 but we will be led by UK Government guidance.
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 Experience Course - £325
- Full day course, lasting from approximately 9am until 4.45pm
- 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
- Learn how to operate a diesel engine
- 14 miles of steam driving plus four miles of diesel driving including two return trips to Shelley, a return trip to Skelmanthorpe and lots of shunting!
- Learn the role of the guard
- A "Yorkshire Pack Up” lunch of sandwiches, crisps, a cake, bottle of water and tea/coffee for the participant and a guest
- Complimentary tea and coffee for the participant and a guest
- Free travel for a guest on the passenger carriages hauled by the participant
- Souvenirs of the day including a KLR mug & a certificate
- 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 Tuesdays & Wednesdays 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 18 years old or over.