Diesel Driver Experience

Our Diesel Driver Experiences 2017

“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 four levels of 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)

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 Mainline (Whole day, 2 participants)

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)


Dates in 2017

  • September 17th and 30th
  • October 1st, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th

Individual Tailored Packages, including The Top Link Experience, may also be booked on other mutually convenient dates, please email marketing@mnr.org.uk or call our Driver Experience Manager, Charlie Robinson, on 07585 855350 / 01362 667814 to discuss your requirements. Commercial packages also available.

Please note that Driver Experience courses are not available in November to 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.

For a booking form, more information and to check availability, please email marketing@mnr.org.uk or call our Driver Experience Manager, Charlie Robinson, on 07585 855350 / 01362 667814.

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