Footplate Taster 2018 - £150 per person 2019 dates coming soon

Your chance to ride with the crew on the footplate of a historic steam locomotive!

Experience the challenges of operating a steam locomotive on the 21 mile trip from Tenterden to Bodiam and return. The K&ESR has one of the steepest gradients of any heritage line so you'll see just how the driver, fireman and locomotive have to work together to haul the train up the hill into Tenterden Town station. 

You'll be accompanied at all times by one our footplate crew who will brief you about the experience and will explain the roles of being a driver and fireman, operation of the locomotive and details of the railway during the trip.

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Whilst not 'hands-on', this experience continues to be a very popular choice, both in cost and as a 'taster' to the other experiences we provide. Please note that these experiences take place during July & August only.


    • Footplate ride on-board a steam locomotive for a round trip of 21 miles.
    • Introduction and Safety Briefing

To make a booking or redeem a Gift Card or Voucher, please contact the Booking Office on 01580 765155 or email [email protected]

Our experienced staff are keen to ensure your safety at all times, but in the unlikely event of an emergency you may need to leave the footplate quickly, and possibly jump from height to the ground without assistance.  It is therefore essential that you have the ability and the fitness level to do this.  If you are in any doubt please discuss your concerns with one of our staff. Protective footwear is essential, overalls are provided.