Drive a steam locomotive

Get a taste of driving an iconic standard gauge steam locomotive in the beautiful surroundings at the Deeside Railway, on the famous 'Bon-Accord'.

For anyone who has a passion for the age of steam, this taster driving experience is not to be missed.  You’ll learn to drive 'Bon Accord', an Andrew Barclay standard gauge 0-4-0 steam locomotive, built in 1897,  along the length of the Royal Deeside Railway.  Upon arrival at the railway, you will receive a short safety briefing, and then you will be directed to the footplate of the steam locomotive.

Here you will be met by an expert instructor who will guide you thoroughly through the controls and explain their use in driving the steam engine.  Once he feels you have gained sufficient confidence, you will take complete control as you drive the full length of the line. 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.

This unique experience will last 45 minutes, and if you so wish, up to five guests can join you at the railway to witness the experience, riding in the attached brake van with a view of the loco cab.

Obviously, the cab of a steam locomotive is not the cleanest of places.  The railway will provide protective gloves, however it is suggested that ‘sensible’ clothing is worn i.e. no open-toe shoes, shorts or short sleeves.

If you are interested in organising a corporate event where more than two people experience the chance to drive a standard gauge steam locomotive, then please contact our Charter Organiser by clicking HERE.

Minimum age : 16 years

Location : Banchory, Aberdeenshire

Price : £100 for a 45 minute session

(plus £4 booking fee)

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A template is supplied by email at the time of booking, which you may wish to print out and include with a card if the steam driving session is intended as a gift.

Please note : footplate space limitations restrict each session to one person.

All trainee drivers also receive a colour certificate of their experience on the day to keep as a souvenir.