Western Locomotive Association

The Western Driver Footplate Experience Course

- Not to be missed!

Drive a Western on the SVR!

Imagine sitting in the driving seat of a Western Class 52 diesel hydraulic? What about handling 2,700 bhp of with up to 72,000 lbs of pulling power? And what about being responsible for the awesome sound of the two 65 litre V12 Maybach MD655 engines as you haul a 200 tonne passenger train?

If it’s a yes, then you need to book one of our Severn Valley Railway Driver Experience Courses. Included in the course is a tour of the engine room, demonstration of the start up procedure, a close watch on “second man” duties, the opportunity to drive as well as the opportunity to travel in the rear cab plus an optional visit to one of the signal boxes.

The course price is £540 and the courses are extremely popular so you should book early to avoid disappointment. To register your interest with the SVR, please click here.

Western Driving Experience

WLA are delighted to confirm that Driver Footplate Experience (DFE) courses are now available again. The SVR manage the courses and more detail, including availability, can be found on the SVR's web site by CLICKING HERE.

The courses normally run in the mornings and afternoons and include:

  • Safety briefing
  • Tour of the loco engine room
  • Instruction on driving a Class 52
  • Driving or secondman for 16 miles
  • Riding in the rear cab for 16 miles
  • Opportunities for photos
  • Receive certificate and memento

Up to six guests can join you, riding as passengers in the train.

Courses last half a day and participants need to be physically fit, able to climb a 6ft ladder and at least 18 years of age.

To register your interest with the SVR, please click here.

Here's what others say: Bloody enjoyable! Overwhelming! Best day of my life! Addictive! Better than being married!

To register your interest with the SVR, please click here.

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