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Footplate Tasters

Looking for a special and unique Christmas, birthday or retirement present?

Well good news – we will be running our popular Footplate Tasters again in February 2022!

Enjoy a ‘turn’ on the footplate of H-class No. 263 under the guidance of our experienced footplate crews. The perfect experience for anyone who’s ever dreamed of being an ‘engine driver’!

This experience is a last chance to see the H-class ahead of its withdrawal from traffic in February 2022.

Your Experience:

  • An individual 1 hour ‘Hands On’ driving experience with one of our experienced loco crews within the station area
  • Your own guide to answer questions and give you a tour of Sheffield Park station, with the opportunity to visit the signal box, SteamWorks! and our locomotive workshop
  • Hot drink and a breakfast bap or a slice of cake in the Bessemer Arms at Sheffield Park station
  • A certificate for you to take away on completion 


£180.00 per person

 Participants must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be reasonably fit and in good health - i.e. able to ascend and descend a ladder unassisted
  • Wear suitable protective clothing, which covers arms and legs at all times. Clothing that may easily melt or catch fire if it comes into contact with hot surfaces/materials is not suitable (e.g. polyester/nylon). Gloves are also advisable.
  • Wear sturdy footwear.
  • Not attend the experience under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Read the Medical Standards and meet the requirements in the Medical Self-Assessment Questionnaire before being allowed to take part
  • Take a negative COVID-19 Lateral Flow test in the morning before attending the railway for their booked session and provide the result to the railway. Unfortunately a positive test result will mean that you will be unable to participate on the day. Rebooking / refunding will be considered on a case by case basis.

Please note:

  • Participants will be required to complete a the Medical Self-assessment Questionnaire prior to taking part. Bluebell Railway reserves the right to cancel bookings where the participant fails to meet the required health standards
  • Bluebell Railway reserves the right to reschedule or cancel a driving experience if the minimum number of participants booked for a specific day is not reached, or for any other reason
  • The locomotive used for this experience may vary subject to availability


  • Toilets are available at Sheffield Park Station


  • There is plenty of free parking at Sheffield Park Station. 


  • As this event uses a steam locomotive, we regret that it isn't suitable for wheelchair-bound passengers
  • Accessible toilets are available at Sheffield Park Station


  • Tickets are valid for the date and time specified on the ticket only
  • We regret we are unable to offer any discounts for this service



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