Project Description

Steam Driving Experience – Bronze £435

Ride on the footplate, there and back again!

A complete round trip over the full length of our line with a steam engine.

  • You will alternate between driving and firing, spending 5 miles doing each.

  • Includes a guided tour of the Engine and Carriage Sheds.

  • Each participant may bring up to six guests.

  • These are not courses and there is no examination. You just enjoy yourself!


You will learn about the workings of the engine and the operation of our railway under the guidance of our fully qualified crew and experience the thrill of footplate life.

The journeys will cover the full length of our picturesque line, through coastal, wood and heathland scenery, taking in our stations at Sheringham, Weybourne, and Holt.

This package is offered on several dates throughout the year and we take six participants and their guests each day.

The morning session begins at Weybourne at 07.30, where participants will help to prepare the engine for the day. When steam has been built up there will be a short break for refreshments, before the first two participants rejoin the crew on the footplate for a full round trip. Meanwhile, the other participants will be given a guided tour of the Engine and Carriage Sheds or travel behind in the support coach. After the first trip, the groups will swap over so that the next couple has an opportunity to drive and fire. At 12.30, there will be time for lunch.

The afternoon session starts at Weybourne at 13.30, where the remaining participants go on the footplate. The day will end with helping to dispose of the engine (optional).  Participants are welcome to take part in as much or as little as they like throughout the day, although only one round trip on the footplate is available.

Early booking is advised as we only have a limited number of places each year and they have previously been booked up early.

Availability & Booking

You can check dates and availability using our online booking service, just click the BOOK NOW! button above or if you would like more information or have any queries, please do not hesitate to Contact Us; there may also be the opportunity to run additional driver experience days if there is sufficient interest.

Should you not wish to book online or if you are booking a Driver Experience as a gift or surprise for someone please contact us by telephone on 01263 820800 or email

Please note it is not possible to request a specific locomotive for one of our driver experience days.

We regret that due to organisational and administrative costs that all deposits are non-refundable, although wherever possible we will attempt to provide you with alternative dates. If dates are changed without a valid reason, and we are unable to fill the place left vacant, we reserve the right to charge a re-booking fee.

Driver Experiences are subject to the circumstances prevailing at the time and can be subject to change. The railway reserves the right to make short notice alterations for technical or operational reasons. It is possible that changes are made due to circumstances beyond our control, however, we will always try to keep within the terms of the offers as stated. We always do our best to monitor and maintain the high standards of our Driver Experience Days.

Safety is paramount at all times, please do nothing that might compromise this. Please be aware that, due to legal and insurance restrictions, only persons between the ages of 18 and 70 are allowed to participate in these experiences.

Please note that all train services and attractions are subject to amendment or cancellation without notice. The NNR cannot be held responsible for any inconvenience or disappointment caused.