Lappa Valley offers a range of train driver experiences and footplate rides on our locomotives for those adults who always dreamed of riding the rails. These experiences are for over 18s only.
Full Day Course
This will be driving one of our steam engines. You'll usually be driving Ruby or Ellie!
Available: Mid September to mid April
Duration: One full day from 0900-1600
Meet the driver at 0900 for a safety briefing and introduction to the locomotive before lighting the fire and preparing the engine for the days service. Get familiar with the locomotive whilst driving it ‘light engine’ for a trip around the line. Upon your return, hook up to the coaches before driving the train, perfecting your driving and firing technique under the watchful eye of our driver. Enjoy a jacket potato cooked in the smokebox for lunch with hearty fillings and plenty of hot beverages to drink. We allow up to 5 guests to travel on the train that you are driving. You’ll end the day by putting the locomotive to bed, cleaning the fire, ash pan and cleaning the locomotive. This course is ideal to share. Extra participants are priced at £30.00 per person.
Half Day Taster
This is our shorter taster course on one of our steam engines, and you'll be driving Ruby or Ellie.
Available: Late April to mid September
Duration: 90 minutes to 2 hours
Meet your driver and ride on the footplate for the last train of the day to collect the final passengers from East Wheal Rose. Get to know the locomotive whilst watching one of our qualified drivers operate the locomotive up the gradient and back down again. After arriving at Benny Halt, you will help the driver turn the locomotive, clean the fire and lubricate the engine before taking to the regulator and driving the locomotive ‘light engine’ on two trips of the line.
Ride in the driver's cab alongside our engine driver for a real taste of life on the rails!
Cost: £22 plus your standard admission charge
Availability: Any days Ruby or Ellie are working
Duration: One return trip
Join the driver for a ride on the footplate of the steam or diesel locomotive where you are able to get a real unique perspective of the railway!
Half Day Diesel Course
Join the driver for a half day course learning to drive our diesel engine, the City of Derby.
Available: Mid September to mid June
Duration: Half Day Course 0900-1300
Meet the driver at 0900 for a safety briefing and introduction to the locomotive before preparing the engine and starting it. After becoming familiar with the controls, you will drive two or three light engine trips to get to know the route of the railway. You will then be allowed to couple onto your own private train which you will then drive for the remainder of the course. Up to 5 guests are able to join you and travel on the train that you are driving!
If you love the hiss and roar of a steam journey and would be interested in volunteering at Lappa Valley, please get in touch with us. It's a chance to give something back to the community and share your love of Lappa.
As a volunteer, you would be joining a friendly and dynamic team engaged in a wide range of different projects. Training and support is given to all our volunteers.
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