Step aboard the footplate for a fantastic day of diesel train driving. Learn about railway operations and take the controls as you journey through Ecclesbourne Valley.
- Matlock (Derbyshire)
- Gift Voucher valid for 1 Participant
As is often the case with trains, if you know someone who's into them, they're most likely really into them. When trainspotting is just not enough any more, give the gift of a lifetime and treat a lucky loved one to the Diesel Train Driving Experience in Derbyshire, guaranteed to be a truly unforgettable day.
Located at the heritage Wirksworth railway station, you'll join an expert train driver aboard the lovingly restored diesel railcar, ready for a full day of locomotive action. The instructor has a wealth of knowledge, and is on hand to answer any questions you may have about the history, function and controls of the train - so be sure to test their expertise! You'll spend the morning learning how to operate a heritage diesel railcar and have a go at driving, before breaking for a delicious lunch in the Pullman Buffet Car. The afternoon consists of further tuition and driving, this time in a heritage main line diesel locomotive - make sure you take a moment to admire the stunning Ecclesbourne Valley scenery as you chug through the countryside - bliss!
The Full Day Diesel Train Driving in Derbyshire is a hugely enjoyable day out and makes a fabulously unique experience gift for train enthusiasts, or those who just love trying new things. Treat a loved one to an experience day they'll remember for years to come!
The Diesel Train Driving Experience in Derbyshire is available on weekdays throughout the year.
Friday 20th April
Friday 11th May
Friday 22nd June
Friday 7th September
Please enquire with our customer service team with dates that you would like to go and we can check if there is availability.
All participants must be aged 18 or over.
You must be physically able to climb into a train from ground level, unassisted.
Please indicate any food allergies upon booking a date with the centre.
Experience Duration: 06:00
Time at Venue: 06:30
This is a full day train driving experience, lasting approximately 6 hours in total.
You will need to arrive by 9:30 for a 10:00 start, and can expect to return for 16:00.
Participants: The Diesel Train Driving Experience - Derbyshire is for 1 participant.
Max Group Size: 4
Spectators Allowed on Site: Yes
The diesel train driving experiences will be run in groups of 4 - the driving time will be shared between each of the participants.
Each participant may choose to bring 1 spectator along with them, if they so wish.
Spectators are able to ride on the train and purchase food from the buffet menu.
Please dress according to the weather. You'll need comfortable, sturdy footwear and old clothes that you don't mind getting dirty.
This experience is able to go ahead in all weather conditions, other than heave snow.