Footplate Taster £150 Gift Voucher
drive3Your chance to ride with the crew on the footplate of a steam locomotive!

Experience the challenges of operating a historic locomotive on the 21 mile trip from Tenterden to Bodiam and return. The K&ESR has one of the steepest gradients so you'll see just how hard the driver, fireman and locomotive have to work together to haul the train up the hill into Tenterden. You'll be accompanied at all times by one of our driver/instructors who will brief you about the experience and will explain the roles of being a driver and fireman during the trip. 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.



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.