Into The Blue - Drive a Steam Train-Bronze in Loughborough
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You will be invited to spend the day at the Great Central Railway - the UK's only double track heritage railway - and take up your position as driver for a thrilling ground trip at the helm of one of the beautifully restored steam engines. Loughborough station is where your steam train experience starts. You'll meet your crew for the day and chat over a hot drink and a bacon butty.
Now you can talk the talk, you'll need to look the part, as everyone knows a good navy blue cotton overall with a flat cap and a cloth in hand is the only way to go. Once kitted out you'll walk along, back in time to the briefing room.
After watching an introductory video and a safety briefing, you will be shown around Loughborough station. Seeing fully restored steam trains, visiting the working signal box and being shown around the extensive locomotive workshops staffed by skilled enthusiasts, we're sure you'll have loads of questions and the enthusiastic volunteers who work tirelessly at this railway will be only too happy to answer them all.
The main Loughborough site is a veritable dream for all steam train fans who've dreamt of having the chance to drive one of these incredibly nostalgic steam trains and the atmosphere here is truly lovely. You don't have to be a steam buff to enjoy these experiences - there's just something so magical about the puff and hiss of a fully stoked engine.
Then it's time for the highlight of the day - your chance to climb aboard the footplate of a full-sized mainline steam locomotive and drive it out of Loughborough station and back again.
The mainline railway runs through some of the most beautiful countryside in the East Midlands including the lovely Swithland Reservoir bridge and calls at Quorn and Rothley station before reaching the terminus at Leicester North.
|Brand||Into The Blue|
|Availability||The railway offers drive a steam train experiences between January and November. Bronze experiences run most weekends. Due to the popularity of these experiences, we recommend booking well in advance.|
|Location||• Great Central Railway, Loughborough|
|Spectator Facilities||Experiences include guest platform access and passenger steam train tickets one for Bronze. Other guests are welcome but must buy a platform and or train ticket 5 pounds per adult and 9 pounds per child. The station has a museum open to guests and the guests may watch the driving from one of the stations and join in the tours and briefing. Lunch is not included for spectators.|
|Voucher Expiry||Vouchers are valid for one year from the date of purchase.|
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