Discover Dorset's Hidden Gem




Mar 01 2024


Various times slots during the day
11:00 am - 6:00 pm


Driver Experiences at Swanage Railway

For the first time, Swanage Railway are offering customers the opportunity to experience the thrill and excitement of driving and firing one of their exceptional Bulleid Pacific Locomotives, 34028 ‘Eddystone. 

A regular performer on the legendary ‘Pines Express’ on the Somerset and Dorset Railway, they are offering the opportunity to relive the childhood dream of many a railway enthusiast by driving and firing this legendary locomotive on the Pines Express through Dorset countryside once again.

Under the expert and friendly guidance of their drivers and firemen, participants will be given the opportunity to both drive and fire 34028 Eddystone over gradients between Swanage and Norden with a rake of four 1950s ex-British Railways Mark One carriages.

The experience includes:-

  • 1 round trip of our 5.5-mile line – 11 miles on the footplate.
  • Drive half a round trip.
  • Fire half a round trip.
  • Your expeience lasts roughly 1 hour.

After the driver experience, participants will be presented with a Swanage Railway gift bag which includes a framed certificate, and a Swanage Railway Driver Experience mug. There are photographic opportunities with the steam locomotive at Swanage and Norden stations for the family and friends of driver experience participants.

Price: £595.00 per person. 

The experience is available on 21st, 22, 23rd of February and the 1st March. There are various time slots during the day from 11 am – 6 pm.

Read more about Swanage Railway including upcoming events. 


Swanage Railway
Swanage Railway
01929 425800



Swanage Railway Station
Swanage BH19 1HB

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