Win a steam train driving experience

PUBLISHED: 10:30 07 May 2020 | UPDATED: 10:30 07 May 2020

Win a once in a lifetime experience

Win a once in a lifetime experience

The thrill of driving your very own train is on offer at a leading Devon family attraction...and we have a special prize for one lucky reader to take control of a steam train

Many people, and not just schoolboys or railway enthusiasts, have dreamed of what it would be like driving a real steam or diesel engine and pulling the whistle, shovelling the coal, and getting the train underway after seeing the green flag from the guard. A childhood dream for so many people, and especially so after the Covid-19 lockdown!

Now you can take the controls of steam and diesel locos at the scenic South Devon Railway on what has been described by those who have tried it before as “the ultimate footplate experience” and a “truly memorable day!”

The SDR’s ‘Drive-a-Train Experience’ is an unforgettable gift or a special treat for either yourself, family, friends or work colleagues. It’s an ideal way to mark significant birthdays, a retirement or an ideal Christmas present for hard-to-buy-for people!

Enter now!Enter now!

Spending a full day with the team on the SDR under the supervision of their highly trained loco crews, you’ll get to experience the thrill of driving and firing a real Great Western Railway steam locomotive, or taking the controls of a heritage British Railways main line diesel engine.

The all-day ‘Drive-a-Train’ experience is great value-for-money and includes:

Fill out my online form.

• a tour of our large site and the loco shed at Buckfastleigh with the SDR tutor crew of the day;

• a hands-on opportunity to help prepare your steam or diesel loco for service and learning about all of the controls before then getting the chance to operate them in practice hauling a real train;

• you can bring along up to six family members or friends travel who travel on your own private train free of charge on the day with complimentary refreshments, and who can take special memento photos;

• you experience three or four round trips, of which two are in the cab, and get the chance to both drive and fire a steam engine or drive a diesel;

• a personalised signed ‘Drive-a-Train’ steam or diesel driver’s certificate to keep.

To book, or to buy South Devon Railway ‘Drive-a-Train’ Experience gift vouchers, go online at Alternatively, you can call 01364 644370 or email

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Devon Life