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DEE VALLEY RAILWAY

Steam Train Packages

Imagine the thrill of taking control of a living, breathing steam engine.  On the Dee Valley Railway you can!  Our line has double track, signals and stations, it’s the stuff of childhood dreams…

Budding drivers can get behind the controls and for a few hours, or even a day, enjoy the thrill of driving a giant express passenger or freight engine on Britain’s longest main line steam railway.  As tone of the few places in this country where you can drive a steam locomotive on a main line, this is truly the experience of a lifetime.

We have 3 experience packages to choose from:

Bronze – £330

It’s full steam ahead as you and an other customer take charge of a locomotive, with a footplate crew in support, for a 16 mile round trip.

Includes:

  • Welcome Briefing, including free tea/coffee for guests
  • Introductory DVD
  • Route observation trip
  • Shared drive of a steam loco
  • Lunch for the Driver
  • Guided tour of Loco works
  • Visit to signal box
  • Free train ticket for 1 guest
  • Presentation Certificate
  • 12 months free membership of Friends of the Dee Valley Mainline
  • Free “Through the Window” guide
To purchase a voucher for this experience, please click here
Silver – £535.00

The pressure mounts, the fire is glowing. You and another customer share responsibility for an engine with a full rake of coaches over 30 miles.

Includes:

  • Welcome Briefing, including free tea/coffee for guests
  • Introductory DVD
  • Shared drive of a steam loco and carriages over 2 trips
  • Lunch for the Driver
  • Guided tour of Loco works
  • Visit to signal box
  • Free train ticket for 2 guests
  • Presentation Certificate
  • 12 months free membership of Friends of the Dee Valley Mainline
  • Free “Through the Window” guide
To purchase a voucher for this experience, please click here
Gold – £1,650.00

The ultimate footplate experience. This is your opportunity to drive a train all day long. Set the controls and stoke up the boiler for four full round trips with a break for lunch.*

Includes:

  • Welcome Briefing, including free tea/coffee for guests
  • Introductory DVD
  • Drive a steam loco and carriages over 4 trips*
  • Lunch for the Driver
  • Guided tour of Loco works
  • Visit to signal box
  • Free train ticket for 4 guests
  • Presentation Certificate
  • 12 months free membership of Friends of the Dee Valley Mainline
  • Free “Through the Window” guide
To purchase a voucher for this experience, please click here

* You may share this experience with up to 7 of your friends.  Ideal as a corporate day out or private group event.

Why not share your experience and make it an entertaining day out for your family or guests as well? Each “trainee” is issued with a complimentary travel ticket for one guest on service days (two for Silver) and any others in the party can purchase travel tickets on the day.   All the facilities of the railway will be theirs to enjoy – museum, loco shed, station  buffet, shop, signalbox and 3 other stations to visit. 

Diesel Train Packages

If you prefer something a little more modern, we have a fine fleet of heritage diesel locomotives and a multiple unit – take control of a diesel engine on our double track!

We have 3 experience packages to choose from…..

Notch 1 – £450.00

Drive, under professional instruction, of a diesel locomotive for 2 round trips (over 30 miles), this is one ‘light engine’ (no carriages) and the second with carriages along the Dee Valley main line.

Includes:

  • Welcome Briefing, including free tea/coffee for guests
  • Introductory DVD
  • Route observation trip
  • Shared drive of a diesel loco
  • Lunch for the Driver
  • Guided tour of Loco works
  • Visit to signal box
  • Free train ticket for 1 guest
  • Presentation Certificate
  • 12 months free membership of Dee Valley Diesels
  • Free “Through the Window” guide
To purchase a voucher for this experience, please click here
Notch 2 – £550.00

Take control, under professional instruction, of a diesel locomotive for 2 round trips (over 30 miles), both with carriages along the Dee Valley main line.

Includes:

  • Welcome Briefing, including free tea/coffee for guests
  • Introductory DVD
  • Shared drive of a diesel loco and carriages over 2 trips
  • Lunch for the Driver
  • Guided tour of Loco works
  • Visit to signal box
  • Free train ticket for 2 guests
  • Presentation Certificate
  • 12 months free membership of Dee Valley Diesels
  • Free “Through the Window” guide
To purchase a voucher for this experience, please click here
Notch 3 – £995.00

Take control, under professional instruction, of a diesel locomotive for 4 round trips (over 60 miles), all with carriages along the Dee Valley main line.*

Includes:

  • Welcome Briefing, including free tea/coffee for guests
  • Introductory DVD
  • Drive a diesel loco and carriages over 4 trips*
  • Lunch for the Driver
  • Guided tour of Loco works
  • Visit to signal box
  • Free train ticket for 2 guests
  • Presentation Certificate
  • 12 months free membership of Dee Valley Diesels
  • Free “Through the Window” guide
To purchase a voucher for this experience, please click here

* You may share this experience with up to 7 of your friends.  Ideal as a corporate day out or private group event

Why not share your experience and make it an entertaining day out for your family or guests as well? Each “trainee” is issued with a complimentary travel ticket for one guest on service days (two for notch 2) and any others in the party can purchase travel tickets on the day.   All the facilities of the railway will be theirs to enjoy – museum, loco shed, station  buffet, shop, signalbox and 3 other stations to visit.