Perhaps the ultimate gift for any railway enthusiast has to be the opportunity to drive a locomotive. It doesn’t matter if the person involved is a steam or a diesel fan. At the NVR we’ve got something to suit everybody. The Nene Valley railway has been offering Steam and Diesel driver experiences to the general public for nearly 20 years and our experienced crews make sure that everyone gets the maximum from the day.
Friday 5th January 2018
Take to the regulator and drive Standard Class 2 No 78018. The course will be without rolling stock and consists of 1 hour tuition and 1 hour on the footplate. During the hour on the footplate, 2 participants will take it in turns to drive and or fire the locomotive for a total distance of 15 miles. Participants are also provided with drinks and a meal, given membership to the Nene Valley Railway and a few souvenirs to commemorate the day.
78018 is a BR Standard Class 2MT 2-6-0 locomotive, built in 1953 at Darlington North Road Works at a cost of £14,809. It was one of a class of 65, and entered traffic on 3rd March,1954, at West Auckland Shed (County Durham). This was soon followed by a move to Kirkby Stephen, working trains from Tebay to Barnard Castle on the Stainmore Railway. It was while on this line that 78018 became famous by getting stuck in a snow drift during February, 1955, which resulted in the film Snowdrift at Bleath Gill. It was then transferred to Chester Midland in April, 1960 and then in 1962 was sent to Workington. May, 1963 saw it transferred to Willesden, then Nuneaton in September, 1965 and finally Shrewsbury before withdrawal on 12th November, 1966.
78018 then spent 11 years at Barry scrapyard before being preserved at Shackerstone in November, 1978. Little work was carried out whilst at Shackerstone and it was re-sold to the Darlington Railway Preservation Society in 1981.
On 17th August 2016, 78018 moved under its own power for the first time since withdrawal from British Railways service at The Great Central Railway.
Course participants must be at least 18 years old and physically fit as they need to be able to gain access to and work within the confines of a locomotive cab. We do not apply an upper age limit as long as participants are reasonably fit, agile, mentally capable and able to hear, understand and comply with instructions fully. If you have any concerns about this we ask that you contact us at Wansford to discuss prior to booking a course to prevent any embarrassment on the day. This is to ensure everyone’s safety and prevent possibly damaging our historic locomotives.
To Book call 01780 784444
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