Engineman’s Experience Day £1200 Gift Voucher

If you're looking for a more exclusive, longer driving experience than we offer on our other courses, then look no further than our Engineman’s Experience Day.

This whole day experience is available to just two people per day and you'll complete two full round trips of the entire railway. You'll be driving on one trip and firing on the other, hauling either our Victorian era vintage passenger train or our British Railways era freight train between Tenterden and Bodiam. This course gives a total of 21 miles driving and 21 miles of firing and the chance to spend the entire day on the footplate.

Your day will start at Tenterden Town Station where you'll be welcomed by our friendly, experienced team for a short introduction to the railway and safety briefing. Moving to the platform, your train will be waiting and after familiarisation with the controls, you'll take charge of your train for its journey through the beautiful Kent and Sussex countryside. On return to Tenterden, you'll enjoy lunch in our restaurant before your second trip over the line.

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Throughout the day, our experienced footplate instructors will accompany you and coach you in the art of being a driver and fireman as well as answering any questions that you may have.

For a small additional fee, your friends and family are able to join you on your very special day and can ride on the train that you are driving or firing! (Only available on-board the Vintage train)

It is not essential that you have previously completed one of our other railway experience courses before undertaking this course, but you may find it beneficial to have done so.

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 WHAT IS INCLUDED 

    • Whole day two person exclusive experience 
    • Drive for 21 miles and fire for 21 miles on either a Victorian vintage passenger or British Railways Freight Train
    • Introduction and Safety Briefing 
    • Certificate of Achievement 
    • Discount voucher for the purchase of exclusive souvenirs or gifts 
    • Breakfast roll and full lunch in the Station Refreshment Rooms 

To make a booking or redeem a Gift 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.

Railway Experience Day £495 (Full Day) or £290 (Half Day) Gift Voucher

Experience the lives of the Driver, Fireman and Guard on the K&ESR and what it takes to keep the trains moving with this whole day experience. Take control of the regulator, shovel the coal and operate the level crossing gates as you take a steam train between Tenterden Town, Bodiam and return on-board your own private train.

 

Under the guidance and supervision of our knowledgeable footplate instructors, you'll have the opportunity to drive, fire and act as guard between Tenterden and Bodiam. Your host will be on hand to provide further details about the railway, its operation and answer any of your questions.

Complimentary tea and coffee will be available on board the train. On arrival at Bodiam Station, there's plenty of time for photographs with the locomotive and crew before returning to Tenterden Town Station for lunch in our restaurant.

After lunch there's a further trip over the whole line to put your newly learned skills into action once more (Full Day course only).

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WHAT IS INCLUDED

    • Whole day group experience
    • Drive for 5 miles, fire for 5 miles and guard for 5 miles during the day on a short passenger train (or 2.5 miles for each section on a half day course) 
    • On-board guided tour of the railway 
    • Introduction and Safety Briefing 
    • Certificate of Achievement 
    • Tea and Coffee on-board the train 
    • Discount voucher for the purchase of exclusive souvenirs or gifts 
    • Breakfast roll (Full Day course) or Lunch roll (Half Day Courses)
    • Full lunch in the Station Refreshment Rooms (Full Day courses only) 

For a small additional fee, your friends and family are able to join you on your very special day and can ride on the train that you are driving and firing! 

To make a booking or redeem a Gift 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.

Footplate Taster 2018 - £150 Gift Voucher

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.

WHAT IS INCLUDED

    • 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 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.

  VIP Footplate Taster 2018 - £250 Gift Voucher

Would you like to experience life on the footplate up close and personal and help prepare our locomotives for service? If so this is the course for you!

 

Join us at Rolvenden locomotive depot and help prepare the days rostered locomotive under the supervision of the driver. Get hands on oiling the engine, polishing the brass, stoking the fire and find out what it takes to get an engine ready for a day’s service on the K&ESR.

Once complete you get the chance to take control and drive the engine under the instruction from our footplate crew to Wittersham Road station and back to Tenterden Town.

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

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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.

An ideal choice for those looking for a shorter hands on introduction to steam locomotives both in cost and as a 'taster' to the other experiences we provide.

Please note that these experiences take place during July & August only.

WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • One-to-one half day course
  • Help prepare one of our steam locomotives.
  • Opportunity to drive a locomotive for 5 miles.
  • Footplate ride on-board a steam locomotive for a round trip of 21 miles.
  • Introduction and Safety Briefing
  • Breakfast roll served in the Station Refreshment Room

 To make a booking or redeem a Gift 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.

Workshop Tour Gift Voucher £30 -  Gift Voucher

You’ll meet your guide at 9:30am at Tenterden Station to start the tour of our Carriage & Wagon workshop. Here you’ll discover vehicles being restored, overhauled and those undergoing brief maintenance.

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Next it’s a short train ride to Rolvenden Station and the Locomotive works. A tour of the yard is followed by a fascinating look around the workshop where you’ll see locos in various states of repair or those undergoing examinations or boiler washouts. Additionally there's an opportunity to see ongoing restoration like the fascinating 4253 project. There’s the opportunity to ask questions throughout the tour and to take photographs at every location.

The tour lasts around 2½ hours and concludes at Rolvenden Station. As an all-day TravelCard is included in the price of this experience, you will have the time to enjoy a ride around the Railway or simply return to Tenterden.