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Advanced Driving and Firing Experience

Our full day driving experience for £500

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£500 Advanced Driving and Firing Experience

Approx duration 7 hours

There is nothing quite like the sound, smell and power of a steam locomotive in full cry! Thanks to our steeply graded line, 1 in 60 at its steepest, you can drive a steam train in the manner it was designed for.

This really is the ultimate footplate experience! Starting at 9am on selected Fridays at Alresford station, you will be in control of one of our larger steam locomotives hauling a train of carriages along our steeply graded line.

Under the expert instruction of our highly experienced crew, you will be paired with another participant to take turns as both driver and fireman during the day.

Watch our short film to find out more about this fantastic experience!

When not driving or firing, participants will be required to ride in the carriages with the Guard and their guests. A lunch is provided for the participant in the West Country Buffet at Alresford station. Guests are welcome to join participants but will need to purchase their own refreshments.

Whilst this is our advanced experience, you don't need any previous experience so it can be attended by ‘first timers’ too!

Simply purchase this gift experience as a voucher dated for 12 months. The recipient then books their experience directly with us for the day of their choice.

Advanced driving experiences are available on selected dates from March - July and September - October.

All dates and times are subject to availability.

* Be aged over 18 years.
* Be reasonably fit and in good health - fit enough to climb on and off the locomotive from ground level unaided.
* Wear old clothing that fully covers your arms and legs.
* Wear sturdy shoes / boots that protect your feet - trainers are definately not permitted.
* Wear a pair of overalls for protection - we can provide these on the day. If you bring your own, they must be 100% cotton for safety reasons.
* Not attend the ride experience under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Please note that the Mid Hants Railway reserves the right to reschedule a driving experience if the minimum number of 4 participants booked on a specific day is not reached, or for any other reason.

Guests of participants on the Advanced Experience are subject to simple insurance indemnity requirements and for safety reasons any children must be over 2 years of age and will remain the responsibility of an accompanying adult at all times.

Guests should be prepared to sign an indemnity form accepting any risk to themselves should an incident occur whilst the train is being driven by a 'learner driver'. Any children will need to be included on the form signed by an accompanying adult.

Locomotives will be used from the current fleet available and cannot be specified in advance.