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Footplate Experience

Drive Your Own vintage engine at The Strathspey Railway!

 

Are you looking for an extra special present for a loved one or friend? Call our office on 01479 810725 to arrange their very own Footplate Experience Gift Voucher!

Have you ever dreamed of driving a vintage train? If the answer is yes, here is your chance! The Strathspey Railway is offering both Steam and Diesel footplate experiences during our 2017 season. As a driver or fireman in the case of steam, or driver or second man for diesel, we are offering the opportunity to participate in an unforgettable experience at the controls of our locomotives. And, you will be able to invite up to four guests to travel in the carriages behind you. You will not be working a scheduled passenger service, our footplate experiences are on trains dedicated to the experience.

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You Can Drive Our Engine!

Steam Footplate Experience

We offer a ‘half round trip’ as a fireman, and a ‘half round trip’ as a driver. A ‘half round trip’ is, for example, Aviemore to Broomhill. As a driver, you will be responsible for starting and stopping the train smoothly in the correct place, obeying signals, signs and speed limits. As a fireman, you will be responsible for tending to the fire, keeping enough water in the boiler and filling the water tank at Boat of Garten. You will also be responsible for coupling and uncoupling your train. A fully competent Strathspey Railway Company driver and fireman will be present on the footplate at all times to ensure safe working. The Experience costs £600 (inclusive of VAT). If you are interested in applying, please email information@strathspeyrailway.co.uk or call 01479 810725 and a representative of the Railway will be in touch soon!

Diesel Footplate Experience

The locomotives available for the Diesel experience will be Class 31 No. D5862 and our Diesel Multiple Unit. We offer a ‘half round trip’ as a driver, and a ‘half round trip’ as a second man. A ‘half round trip’ is, for example, a journey from Aviemore to Broomhill. As a driver, you will be responsible for starting and stopping the engine in the correct places, obeying signals, signs and speed limits. As a second man, you will be responsible for coupling and uncoupling your train. A fully competent Strathspey Railway Company driver and second man will be present on the footplate at all times to ensure safe working. There is an hour long introductory course and safety briefing. There is also an option to visit the engine shed, subject to availability. This Experience costs £300 (inclusive of VAT). If you are interested in applying, please email information@strathspeyrailway.co.uk or call 01479 810725 and a representative of the Railway will be in touch.

Officer's Saloon

For large groups or families - why not travel behind your Footplate Experience guest in style! We can couple our most exclusive carriage (seats a maximum of 18 people) to our steam engine and you can judge your friends' locomotive driving! With a private kitchen on board we can arrange plenty of drinks & food while your colleague drives and fires the engine!

To Book/Gift This

Call 01479 810725

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