Into the Blue - Steam Train Driving Yorkshire
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Have you ever heard the steam engine puffing along the South Yorkshire Coalfield Line? This formidable heritage railway is steeped in history and during this special steam engine driving experience in Yorkshire you’ll be riding footplate along the Elsecar Railway Line. And make no mistake, you will be driving for real, so expect to get stuck in and expect to be shovelling coal, but don’t worry, you’ll be given overalls for the job!
This wonderful little heritage railway is entirely run by volunteers, and what a friendly, welcoming and utterly charming bunch they are. Since taking over full ownership and responsibility of this part of the South Yorkshire line, there are now a number of drivable steam and diesel engines, a booking hall, buffet and shop at Elsecar Station, the main base. You will have the chance to actually fire up and drive the steam powered engine along this Yorkshire line, passing some rather poignant industrial archaeology as you go.
After a safety briefing, you will meet your mentor and steam engine guru who will be with you for the duration of this nostalgic experience in Yorkshire. It’s then time to step up to the plate and learn how to start, stop and fire up the full sized steam train loco. Once competent in the cab, you’ll head out on the main line, where you will be handed the controls to conquer the 1 in 37 pitched climb from just after the buffer stops at Hemingfield to the highest point at Elsecar Bank number two on your return journey.
Quite a feat for any steam engine and its driver, you will need some serious pressure to make it! As well as your first foray into being a full blown steam engine driver, you will also get an insight into the life of a fireman as you assist with their duties on the line, so you get see several aspects of the daily running of this Yorkshire based track on this experience. With the Elsecar Yorkshire steam train team’s enthusiasm and dedication, we are sure you will be thoroughly enraptured by your chance to drive a steam engine along a mile of Yorkshire’s most challenging track.
And remember, this is the only steam engine driving experience we offer in the whole of Yorkshire!
|Brand||Into The Blue|
|Availability||Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from April to October, subject to availability. Please note, Due to the popularity of this experience, please book early to avoid disappointment.|
|Spectator Facilities||Friends and family are welcome to come along and watch the action. The Elsecar Heritage Centre, directly accessed from the railway by footbridge, is home to an antiques and craft centre, with a play arena for children too.|
|Voucher Expiry||Vouchers are valid for one year from the date of purchase.|
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