Footplate Tasters

Looking for a special and unique birthday present?

Well good news – we will be running our popular Footplate Tasters again in 2020!

Enjoy a ‘turn’ on the footplate under the guidance of our experienced footplate crews. The perfect experience for anyone who’s ever dreamed of being an ‘engine driver’!

Photo Credit: Martin Lawrence

Times (choose at time when booking)

  • Morning Sessions
    • 10:00 am
    • 11:20 am
  • Afternoon sessions
    • 1:00 pm
    • 2:20 pm
    • 3:40 pm


Your Experience:

  • An individual 1 hour ‘Hands On’ driving experience with one of our experienced loco crews within the station area
  • Your own guide to answer questions and give you a tour of Sheffield Park station, with the opportunity to visit the signal box, SteamWorks! and our locomotive workshop
  • Hot drink and a breakfast bap or a slice of cake in the Bessemer Arms at Sheffield Park station
  • A year’s membership of BRPS (Bluebell Railway Preservation Society)
  • A certificate for you to take away on completion

Participants must: 

  • Be aged at least 18
  • Be reasonably fit and in good health – able to ascend and descend a ladder unassisted
  • Wear suitable protective clothing, which covers arms and legs at all times. Clothing that may easily melt or catch fire if it comes into contact with hot surfaces/materials is not suitable (e.g. polyester/nylon). Gloves are also advisable
  • Wear sturdy footwear
  • Not attend the experience under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Read the Medical Brief and meet the standards required in the Medical Self-Assessment Questionnaire before being allowed to take part

Please note

  • Participants will be required to complete a medical self-assessment questionnaire prior to taking part. Bluebell Railway reserves the right to cancel bookings were the participant fails to meet the required health standards
  • Bluebell Railway reserves the right to reschedule a driving experience if the minimum number of participants booked on a specific day is not reached, or for any other reason
  • The locomotives used for this experience are subject to availability
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