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If you have ever wanted to drive a train or really understand how these powerful and iconic pieces of engineering are controlled and driven, then we can help!

The Wensleydale Railway is an authentic Heritage Railway running from Scruton in the Vale of Mowbray to Redmire in the spectacular Yorkshire Dales.

This driving experience is ideal for a special occasion, as a gift to a loved one or just a treat to yourself!

Driver experiences are available throughout the year and can be tailored so family and friends can also be part of this experience.

All we can offer is miles of stunning countryside, stunning stations, amazing railway vehicles of all types, real level crossings and signalling plus a team of fantastic people that deliver this amazing experience.

If you would like to book or know more about these experiences, please call us: 01677 425805

Amazing Countryside

Relaxing history to enjoy

On The Day

Meet the Team

This experience is about people, people enjoying the countryside, the amazing heritage railway and getting to try something new. We have an amazing team. You will become part of this team as you take the controls. You will Interact with this team and get to understand their roles and why they are needed.

The Route

This railway weaves through the local community so safety is our top priority. Our experienced driver will start this experience by explaining how to drive and what the controls do. This return route is 16 miles of amazing scenery which sees you going through 6 beautiful stations between Leeming Bar station and Leyburn station

Get moving

Our experienced Driver will control the train between Leeming Bar station and the next station, Bedale. This will give you time to take in your new cab environment and to allow the Driver to pass over an automatic level crossing. After Aiskew crossing you will take control and drive this amazing machine for mile after mile of the Dales.

Sit in the Seat

Controlling your speed, braking, accelerating you will weave through the local communities and the Dales. You will be stopping at stations following signals that control your movement. When you reach Leyburn our experienced Driver will complete the run around move that turns the loco and then you will be back in control to Bedale.

What’s Included

When you undertake this experience, you will:

    • Receive a welcome pack prior to your visit

    • Receive a full safety briefing

    • Drive a diesel train

      • Full Day – (2 Return Trips, 1 Driver & 1 Second Man)
      • Half Day – (one round trip)
    • Enjoy an afternoon Tea with the option to include friends and family*

    • Receive a pack including a certificate celebrating your day and complimentary membership

*Two guests allowed per participant. Extra charge of £10.00 per lunch.

Prices, Dates and times

Our diesel Driver experiences come in two main formats. A full day 09:30 until 16:00 and half day 09:30 till 12:00 & 12:30 till 16:00.

Length Of Experience Locomotive Type
Class 37 Class 14 121 Bubble car 142 Pacer
Half Day Driving experience £225 £200 £175 £150
Full Day driving experience £450 £400 £350 £300

Dates for these experiences

Available dates Half Day Experience Full Day Experience
Monday 4th April 2022 Fully Booked Fully Booked
Friday 22nd April 2022 Sold Out Sold Out
Friday 27th May 2022 Bubble Car 1 slot available 2 slots available
Friday 24th June 2022 Sold Out Sold Out
Friday 22nd July 2022 Bubble Car 1 slot available 2 slots available
Friday 26th August 2022 Sold Out Sold Out
Friday 23rd September 2022 Bubble Car 1 slot available 1 slots available
Friday 21st October 2022 Sold Out Sold Out

Please contact us on 01677 425805 or email info@wensleydalerailway.com for more information and to book your experience.


The fine print

Your Safety and that of everyone is paramount and we work hard to make sure this experience is safe. If you want to take part in this driver experience please make sure you read all of the details here.

Download Driver Experience Terms and Conditions

Please complete the form attached and bring with you on the day of your experience. If you need help or have any medical conditions to declare please contact us on 01677 425805

Download Driver Experience Medical

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