Be A Loco Driver

driver02Become a goods train driver for the day on the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway, or bring up to three more friends and share the days duties

Nowhere else will you have the opportunity to steam through our idyllic Lakeland scenery at the controls of your own standard gauge locomotive for the day.

The ultimate steam experience…

One person – £850

Shared Steam Experience…

driver04Two persons – £1050
Three persons – £1150
Four persons – £1250

To include driving, firing, guard and signalman duties. If sharing the experience with friends, you decide who’s doing what. (Parties of more than four people could be accomodated by special arrangement.)

 

Dates

Steam loco experience dates are Wed 16th,Thurs 17th, Tues 22nd, Wed 23rd November 2016

Your Day

Your day starts at Haverthwaite Station…

  • 07:30
Briefing, Kit issued, Meet your instructor and have a brew.
  • 08:00
Pre light-up checks, light up, oiling, cleaning, building up of fire etc.
  • 09:30
Full loco-mens breakfast (perhaps even try cooking your own on the shovel).
  • 10:30
With a good head of steam, proceed to train, attach, perform tests and leave Haverthwaite for Lakeside
  • 10:30 to 12:30
Make two round trips from Haverthwaite to Lakeside and back again.
  • 12:30
Railwaymans Lunch
  • 13:30 to 15:30
Make two round trips from Haverthwaite to Lakeside and back again.
  • 15:30 to 16:00
Disposal, photograph and certificate issue.
Equipment
Trainees must provide their own…

  • Overalls
  • Stout Footwear
  • Waterproofs
Kit issued by LHR…
For each participant to use and keep to remember your day

  • Safety goggles/glasses
  • Gloves
  • Drivers Cap (Grease Top)
  • Souvenir of your visit
  • Photo of yourself, tutor and loco
  • Guide book
  • Certificate
Testimonial

driverdayWhat a wonderful day From the first “let’s go and get a brew on” at just before 7.30 am to being handed our certificates and photographs what a great day. We were treated to a most memorable family experience by a dedicated group of enthusiasts. Karen and her crew – Alex (driver), Mike (fireman) and Geoff (guard) – were great instructors and could answer, willingly and cheerfully, any question posed, The hospitality we enjoyed – full English breakfast, roast dinner with tea and coffee breaks thrown in – were all part of a grand day. As for driving the engine – wow! – from crawling underneath to oil it (daughter) to putting on the last shovelful of coal everyone was kept busy and entertained. We thoroughly recommend the Lakeside and Haverthwaite driver’s experience. You will not be disappointed.”

 

Diesel Locomotive Driving Experience Day

By special request, Diesel Experience days can be arranged. These run light-engine only, but a choice of locomotive is possible.

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Diesel Experience

One person – £500
Two persons – £600

Maximum of two persons sharing the day.

Your Day

Your day starts at Haverthwaite Station…

  • 09:30
Full english breakfast and brew.Briefing, Kit issued, meet your instructor.Photograph with your engine and instructor.Pre-start checks.
  • 10:00 to 12:00
Make two round trips from Haverthwaite to Lakeside and back again.
  • 12:00
Railwaymans Lunch
  • 13:00 to 15:00
Make two round trips from Haverthwaite to Lakeside and back again.
  • 15:00
Photograph, certificate issued and finish.
Equipment
Trainees must provide their own…

  • Overalls
  • Stout Footwear
  • Waterproofs
Kit issued by LHR…
For each participant to use and keep to remeber your day

  • Gloves
  • Photo of yourself, tutor and loco
  • Guide book
  • Certificate

Terms

  • All participants must be aged between 18 and 70.
  • All participants must be fit and mobile.
  • For operational reasons the railway will choose the steam locomotive to be used.

Gift Certificates

An ideal gift for a special occasion, be it a birthday, anniversary or Christmas, its a present they won’t forget. We offer gift certificates for all our driver experiences – just contact us and we’ll organise the rest!

Accomodation

There is a wide range of accomodation available in the locality. We have agreed a special rate with a local traditional public house for board only accomodation, please contact use for further details.

Booking & Further Information

The Booking Office staff will be glad to answer any questions you may have about any of the packages include available dates.

 

Please click here to contact us to make your booking or if you have any other questions.

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