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 – £1000

Shared Steam Experience…

driver04Two persons – £1200
Three persons – £1300
Four persons – £1400

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 available in November 2019, 5th/6th/7th, 12th/13th/14th and 19th/20th/21st

Your Day

Your day starts at Haverthwaite Station…

  • 07:30
Briefing, Kit issued, Meet your instructor, safety briefing 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.

The available dates for a diesel experience are November 2019, 5th/6th/7th, 12th/13th/14th and 19th/20th/21st

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Diesel Experience

One person – £700
Two persons – £800

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 and safety briefing .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 at least 18 years of age and physically moderately fit.
  • All participants must be able bodied due to the physical requirements of access and egress from locomotives. The participant will need to have the ability to climb vertical ladders from ground level onto the footplate and to enable prompt evacuation in the event of an emergency.
  • All participants must have reasonable sight and hearing (corrected or aided) and an ability to stand without walking aids.
  • Please be aware the participant will be working within the confines of a locomotive cab and will be at times a hot environment.
  • For operational reasons the railway will choose the steam locomotive to be used.
  • All participants WILL NOT be allowed to partake whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs that cause drowsiness.

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, something to suit every budget…

The Whitewater Hotel – 1 mile away

Rusland Pool – 1.4 miles away

Hill Crest Country House – 1 mile away

The White Hart – 1.9 miles away

Many more options are listed on trip adviser

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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