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Driver Experience Course

A full day experience, learning how to operate steam & diesel locomotives

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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 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.

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