Drive a diesel locomotive


Learn to drive a Class 03 0-6-0 standard gauge diesel locomotive in beautiful surroundings at the Deeside Railway on Royal Deeside.

Minimum age : 16 years

Location : Banchory, Aberdeenshire

Price : ONLY £30 for a 45 minute session

This taster driving experience allows the lucky visitor to travel on the footplate of a standard gauge diesel locomotive and be introduced to the operation and controls.

An expert instructor will guide you thoroughly through the controls and demonstrate how to drive the locomotive.

You will then take complete control as you drive the length of the  line at the Milton of Crathes. Your instructor will remain with you for guidance throughout, and the instruction is all one-on-one, so you will have his full attention at all times.

If you so wish, up to five guests can join you at the railway to witness the experience, riding in the attached brake van.  This is a unique experience lasting about 45 minutes, something really special that will make it a visit to remember.

If you are interested in organising a coroporate event where more than two people experience the chance to drive a full size diesel locomotive, then please contact our Charter Organiser by clicking HERE.

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A certificate is supplied by email at the time of booking, which you may wish to print out and include with a card if the driving session is intended as a gift.  The driver will also receive another certificate on completion of the session, as shown below.


All trainee drivers receive a laminated colour certificate

on the day, as a souvenir of their experience.

Please note that any changes to bookings will incur a fee of £5 to cover administration costs, payable over the shop counter on the day of your visit.  

Changes to the date cannot be made within 14 days of the booked date.