Driver Experiences

Our Diesel Driver Experiences 2018

“Where Dreams Become A Reality”
 
The Mid-Norfolk Railway, the Dereham to Wymondham Abbey line, offers the chance to drive a former mainline diesel locomotive through eleven miles of glorious Norfolk countryside under the guidance of our experienced and qualified instructors.
 
There are six courses available, both shared and individual, to suit all levels of interest and budgets. Participants will learn the skills necessary to safely control and operate a diesel locomotive on the Mid-Norfolk Railway.
 
Courses Available:
 
“The Light Engine” (Half day, 2 participants who need to book together)
What's included:
  • A safety briefing before the course gets under way;
  • Inspection of the locomotive;
  • Travelling in the cab, each participant drives for a total of 11 miles and acts as second man for 11 miles;
  • Only 2 participants per experience;
  • Opportunities for photographs;
  • A certificate of achievement;
  • A minimum of 12 months free membership of the Mid-Norfolk Railway;
  • Lunch in the Station Buffet.
Price: £295.00 per person (including vat)
 
The Light Engine Solo (Half day, 1 participant)
What's included:
  • A safety briefing before the course gets under way;
  • Inspection of the locomotive;
  • Travelling in the cab, the participant drives for a total of 22 miles;
  • Opportunities for photographs;
  • A certificate of achievement;
  • A minimum of 12 months free membership of the Mid-Norfolk Railway;
  • Lunch in the Station Buffet.
Price: £450.00 (including vat)
 
The Branchline (Half day, 2 participants who need to book together)
What's included:
  • A safety briefing before the course gets under way;
  • Inspection of the locomotive;
  • Participants prepare a passenger train for departure, then drive the locomotive and carriages to Wymondham Abbey, stopping at the stations en route, running the loco round at Wymondham Abbey and then returning to Dereham. The driving is shared as for the Light Engine Experience, meaning both participants drive a total of 11 miles during the day.
  • Lunch in the Station Buffet;          
  • Only 2 participants per experience;
  • Opportunities for photographs;
  • A certificate of achievement;
  • A minimum of 12 months free membership of the Mid-Norfolk Railway.
Price: £375.00 per person (including vat)
 
The Branchline Solo (Half day, 1 participant)
What's included:
  • A safety briefing before the course gets under way;
  • Inspection of the locomotive;
  • The Participant prepares a passenger train for departure, then drives the locomotive and carriages to Wymondham Abbey, stopping at the stations en route, running the loco round at Wymondham Abbey and then returning to Dereham. The participant will drive a total of 22 miles with coaching stock.
  • Lunch in the Station Buffet;          
  • Opportunities for photographs;
  • A certificate of achievement;
  • A minimum of 12 months free membership of the Mid-Norfolk Railway;
Price: £525.00 (including vat)
 
The Mainline (Whole day, 2 participants who need to book together)
What's included:
  • Breakfast on arrival at Dereham Station;
  • A safety briefing before the course gets under way;
  • Inspection of the locomotive;
  • In the morning, the Light Engine Experience as detailed above;   
  • Lunch in the Station Buffet;          
  • In the afternoon, participants prepare a passenger train for departure, then drive the locomotive and carriages to Wymondham Abbey, stopping at the stations en route, running the loco round at Wymondham Abbey and then returning to Dereham. The driving is shared as for the Light Engine Experience, meaning both participants drive a total of 22 miles during the day.
  • Only 2 participants per experience;
  • Opportunities for photographs;
  • A certificate of achievement;
  • A minimum of 12 months free membership of the Mid-Norfolk Railway;
  • Free One-Day Rover Ticket for one Guest per participant on MNR service trains.
Price: £575.00 per person (including vat)
 
The Top Link   (Whole day, 1 participant)
What's included:
  • Breakfast on arrival at Dereham Station;
  • A safety briefing before the course gets under way;
  • Inspection of the locomotive;
  • In the morning, the Light Engine Solo Experience as detailed above;   
  • Lunch in the Station Buffet;          
  • In the afternoon, prepare a passenger train for departure, then drive the locomotive and carriages to Wymondham Abbey, stopping at the stations en route, running the loco round at Wymondham Abbey and then returning to Dereham. The participant will drive a total of 44 miles during the day, 22 light engine and 22 with coaching stock.
  • Opportunities for photographs;
  • A certificate of achievement;
  • A minimum of 12 months free membership of the Mid-Norfolk Railway.
Price: £895.00 (including vat)
 

Bookings may be made on any mutually convenient date, not just weekends, please email marketing@mnr.org.uk or call our Driver Experience Manager, Charlie Robinson, on 07585 855350 / 01362 667814 to discuss your requirements and to request a booking form.

Please note that Driver Experience courses are not available from 1st November to the end of February.
 
A non-refundable deposit of £100.00 should be enclosed with your Booking Form, the balance is due four weeks before the date of the Experience. Bookings made within four weeks of the Experience will require payment in full at the time of booking.
 
Prices quoted above are for a Class 47 locomotive.
For a Class 37, when available, please add £50.00 per person to each Experience.
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