Steam Train Experiences

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Steam Train Experiences

Steam Train Experiences

At the Churnet Valley Railway, we offer a variety of tailored experiences onboard our amazing heritage steam engines – from luxury dining in a first class carriage to once in a lifetime driving experiences!

Travel onboard our vintage steam trains, gaining inside information on the workings of the steam engines from our knowledgeable staff & volunteers.

Our unique experience days are the perfect gift for a steam novice or a seasoned veteran!

Our expert teams are on hand throughout the duration of your trip to help you navigate your way around the engine and ensure you get the most out of your steam adventure.

All the experiences are suitable for people aged between 18 & 70. For the over 70s, please contact our office for advice. You need to be fit enough to climb on board the engine and should wear appropriate clothing, including sturdy shoes and clothes that cover your arms and legs.


Steam Footplate Ride - Basic

Steam Footplate Ride - Basic

Our 22 mile steam plate foot ride gives you the chance to travel with our experienced crew on the footplate of the engine.

You get to see first-hand the inner workings of a steam train while riding through the beautiful English countryside.

Regulator Driving Course

Regulator Course – Basic Driving Course

The Regulator Course is perfect for beginners who want to get their hands on the controls of a steam engine.

Ride the 10 miles of track, blow the whistle, open the regulator and feeling the true power of a steam engine!

Top Link Driving Course

Top Link Driving Course

Once you have completed the regulator course, take it to the next level!

In this package you get to drive our steam engine for an extended period of time, manoeuvring the train along the 11 miles of track through the English countryside. Learn from our expert team about the different controls in the engine room.

Top Link Extended Driving Course

Top Link Extended Driving Course

Our ultimate package is the extended driving course!

Covering 53 miles of the Churnet Valley, you will spend some serious time on the footplate.

Switch between driving the steam engine and firing it as you learn from our expert team whilst conquering the tight curves and gradients of this amazing heritage line.

Bring up to 6 friends or family to ride as passengers as you show off your newly learned skills!