Diesel Driving Experience – £345/£495

Step into the shoes of a diesel driver

  • BRONZE DIESEL EXPERIENCE – A half-day or an evening run from Sheringham to Holt and back
  • SILVER DIESEL EXPERIENCE – a half day featuring two return trips (one as secondman and one driving) plus a guided tour of the Engine and Carriage Sheds
  • All you need to know with expert tuition
  • These are not courses and there is no examination. You just enjoy yourself!

A complete round trip over the full length of the line driving a diesel locomotive.

Our Diesel Driver experiences give you the opportunity to be at the controls for over the full length of our picturesque line between Sheringham and Holt.

BRONZE DIESEL EXPERIENCE – £345

This experience gives you  a taste of being a secondman and of driving during a return journey between Sheringham and Holt. Climb aboard a powerful diesel locomotive (on its own, without a train) for two 11 mile trips.

You will alternate between being a secondman and of driving, spending 11 miles doing each and learning about the workings of the engine and the railway under the guidance of a fully qualified crew.

The bronze experience is offered on several dates throughout the year usually starting at 09:45, 12:45 or 16.45. We are able to accommodate 2 participants on each session.

Your experience begins at Sheringham with a welcoming drink and a slice of cake before participants join the driver and secondman in the cab of the locomotive. At the end of the session each participant is awarded a certificate as a souvenir of the experience.

Early booking is advised as spaces are strictly limited.

PLEASE NOTE: We are sorry but as this experience features a locomotive on its own, without a train, it is NOT POSSIBLE TO ACCOMMODATE GUESTS OR SPECTATORS.

2024

Friday 1 March                  Morning  9.45 – 12.45 – One remaining        Afternoon 12.45 – 15.45 – One remaining

Saturday 2 March             Morning  9.45 – 12.45 – One remaining        Afternoon 12.45 – 15.45 – FULLY BOOKED

Friday 19 April                  FULLY BOOKED

Friday 18 October             Morning  9.45 – 12.45 – One remaining       Afternoon 12.45 – 15.45 – FULLY BOOKED

SILVER DIESEL EXPERIENCE – £495

Our silver diesel experience gives you the opportunity to have two complete round trips over the full length of our picturesque line working one of our magnificently-restored diesel locomotives at the head of a private train of passenger carriages between Sheringham and Holt. You will drive one trip and be secondman for the other, spending 11 miles doing each. You will learn about the workings of the engine and the operation of our railway under the guidance of our fully qualified crew, including the art of starting and stopping smoothly with a passenger train.

The morning session begins at Sheringham at 9.00 where participants are welcomed with a bacon roll and mug of tea before meeting the engine crew and climbing into the cab for two full round trips to Holt and back.  There’s then time for a light lunch before catching the train to Weybourne for a guided tour of the Engine and Carriage Sheds before returning to Sheringham. The session ends the presentation of a certificate as a souvenir of the day.

Participants may bring up to six guests to spectate (they will not be able to ride in the cab) but they arrive at 11.00am travel in one of the carriages on the train, enjoy lunch and join the guided tour. Guests are charged at £25 each.

Afternoon sessions start at 12.30 at Sheringham for participants and their guests. After checking in, you will travel by train to Weybourne to take a look behind the scenes on a tour of the Engine and Carriage Sheds. After travelling back to Sheringham, participants will meet the engine crew on the footplate followed by the chance to drive and be secondman on the locomotive during two return trips to Holt. Guests can ride in one of the carriages of the private train during the first of these trips and have free time in Sheringham while participants complete the second run. The afternoon ends with tea and cake for participants along with the presentation of a souvenir certificate. Guests are charged at £25 each.

Early booking is advised as spaces are strictly limited.

2024

Fri 15 Mar  

Morning                 9.00 – 14.15 – FULLY BOOKED

Afternoon             12.30 – 17.20 – FULLY BOOKED

Mon 7 Oct  

Morning                 9.00 – 14.15 – FULLY BOOKED

Afternoon             12.30 – 17.20 – FULLY BOOKED

Fri 25 Oct

Morning                 9.00 – 14.15 – FULLY BOOKED

Afternoon           12.30 – 17.20 – FULLY BOOKED