Driver Experience

DRIVER EXPERIENCE COURSES AT NORTH BAY RAILWAY

Experience a little Magic

BRONZE – Steam Outline Experience – £109

This exciting driver experience gives you a chance to drive one of our 85 year old steam outline DIESEL locomotives on one round trip for you and up to 10 family members or friends enjoying the experience on the train. Upgrade to two round trips for an extra £40.

These run, as required, before or after (early morning or evening) our timetabled service February – November.

SILVER – Steam Locomotive Experience – £150

Have you ever wanted to drive a real steam locomotive? This is your chance to drive our genuine coal-fired steam locomotive “Georgina” on two round trips from Peasholm Park Station to Scalby Mills Station and back.  Under supervision, you will feel what it is like to be in charge of a steam locomotive with all the demands of the timetable. Up to four guests can travel with you on the train.

Selected dates and times available March – June and September – October

GOLD – Steam Locomotive Experience – £295 (per participant) or, if booked for two people – £550

Please note: If there are two participants on a Gold experience this can be a friend or if you are on your own, it may be someone you may not have known before, joining you on the day.

This is an all-day experience for the main participants and up to four guests may join you on the train per participant.

You will arrive on site by 9.15a.m. and will be welcomed with a cup of coffee/tea, then a short Safety Briefing will be given. Parking for one car per participant will be provided at North Bay Railway or at a nearby car park.

Under supervision, you will be shown how to prepare a locomotive and steam it from cold, through to it being ready to move.  During this period, whilst still under supervision, you will have the chance to drive the steam outline locomotive on a round trip.

Around 11.30a.m. you will have lunch at the Glass House Cafe, please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.

The first train will depart from Peasholm Station at 12.15p.m. and every 30 minutes thereafter.  Once ready to depart your guests may join you.  (If required, your guests can purchase their lunch in our café – The Glass House.)

You will drive four round trips and act as Guard on the other four (whilst the other participant is driving) and, apart from the thrill of driving, you will experience the pressure of running the train to a timetable, running the train round at both ends, using the turntable and making sure your passengers travel in comfort.  Matters conclude around 16.30p.m.

Selected dates March – June and September – October.

 PLATINUM – The ultimate Steam Locomotive Experience – £495

This is for a person who wants to drive the locomotive on 8 round trips.

The day is as “The Gold Experience” but you are the only participant for the day and up to 8 guests may join you in the afternoon. One or more of the guests may act as Guard for the train, again under supervision.

Selected dates March – June and September – October.

 All experiences come with a Gift Card, a North Bay Railway engine driver’s mug, pen, badge and certificate.

There will be photo opportunities during the experience, so feel free to bring your camera.

We will be pleased to welcome you and your party to the North Bay Railway and if you have any further questions please contact us on 01723 368791 or by Email to  info@nbr.org.uk.

Health and Safety Information

The above experiences are available to persons aged over 18 on the day of their experience and all participants must be physically fit. We regret that these experiences are not suitable for disabled persons. The carriage is 100% wheelchair friendly if needed for accompanying guests. (Up to two wheelchairs can fit onto the carriage.)

As you can perhaps appreciate, coal-fired steam locomotives are relatively dirty places on which to work and travel. The Guest Driver should therefore please wear stout footwear (steel capped shoes/boots – if at all possible) and some form of protective overall or old non nylon clothing.

Terms and Conditions

Driver Experiences are subject to the circumstances prevailing at the time and can be subject to change. The North Bay Railway reserves the right to make short notice alterations for technical or operational reasons.

Please note Driver Experiences are not available between 1st November – 31st December 2017 & 1st January – 9th February 2018. We are unable to run Driver Experiences on Open Air Theatre show days. In the event a show is announced after your booking we will offer a full refund or an alternative date. Please call 01723 368791 or email info@nbr.org.uk for further information.