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 £600 and the courses are extremely popular so you should book early to avoid disappointment. To register your interest with the SVR, please click here.

The 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.

There is nothing quite like the sight and sound of a diesel locomotive in full cry! Choose your locomotive and experience the power and surge of adrenaline as you take the controls of your favourite Class on one of the SVR's full day Experience, including a tour of Kidderminster Diesel Depot!

The SVR Diesel Footplate Experiences operate throughout the year utilising the SVR's heritage fleet of diesel-electric and hydraulic locomotives, hauling a heavy train in which up to 10 guests travel free of charge.

What’s included:

  • Safety briefing before the session commences at Bewdley
  • Tour of the locomotive engine room, including a start-up procedure demonstration.
  • Travel in the cab; driving for 8 miles, and acting as second man for 8 miles. A further 16 miles is spent in the rear cab of the locomotive (only available when locomotives with 2 cabs are used), with the option to spend an additional 32 miles travelling in the train with your guests.
  • Travelling a total journey of 32 miles; going through Bewdley Tunnel, over Victoria Bridge and up Eardington Bank.
  • Tour of award-winning Kidderminster Diesel Depot
  • Only 4 participants per experience.
  • Bring along up to 10 guests who can travel in the carriages behind the locomotive free of charge.
  • Opportunities for photographs.
  • A presentation folder with a certificate and memento of your experience.

Price: £600

2024 Dates:

Monday 10 June – D1062 – FULLY BOOKED
Monday 17 June – 37263
Monday 24 June – 40106
Monday 1 July – 46045
Monday 8 July – Class 50
Monday 15 July – D821
Monday 19 August – D1062 – FULLY BOOKED
Monday 2 September – D821 – FULLY BOOKED
Monday 9 September – 37263
Monday 16 September – D1062 – FULLY BOOKED
Monday 30 September – Class 50

Here's what others say about the WLA's Class 52 DFE courses: 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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