MSLR Driver Experience

With our Driver Experience programme you can try your hand at driving a steam or diesel engine. New packages will be available later in 2024.

Driver Experiences:

Dates and prices for 2024 will be announced later in the year. Watch this page for further information.

Due to the lack of availability of appropriate locomotives and staff at the beginning of this year it has taken longer than we had hoped to arrange our programme for this popular feature. Middy Driver Experiences will be back as soon as we can be sure that the ‘product’ lives up to the expectations detailed below.

The driver experience

The Mid-Suffolk Light Railway offers you the chance to take the controls of a steam or industrial diesel locomotive on our demonstration line.

You will arrive and be given a safety briefing and an introduction to the loco, involving riding on the footplate with our experienced crew. Then take a turn as fireman (or second man on a diesel) and as driver.  Included in the cost of the course, you will receive a certificate as a memento of your day and 12 month’s automatic membership of the MSLR.

Your family and friends are welcome to join you for your special day (not on the loco) and your booking includes free entry and light refreshments for two friends or family members.  You may add further family members to your group (up to a maximum of 6 people in the group) for an additional fee.  Should you wish to do this please make this clear on your booking form and you will be contacted with further details.

Booking for this experience must be made in advance, as soon as possible.

Morning Sessions commence at 9.00 and finish at 12.30.

Afternoon Sessions commence at 13.00 and finish at 16.30.

There are two Light Railway Driver Experience participants per session on the Steam Driver Experience and one participant per session on the Diesel Driver Experience on each of the specified dates.

Locomotives used on our driver experiences will be from the Middy pool of engines.

Pricing: Steam Driver Experience £TBC per person

Industrial Diesel Driver Experience £TBC per person

To book a Driver Experience please click on the tab on the right (TBC)

For Driver Experience Enquiries: (TBC)

Steam Driver Experience booking

Diesel Driver Experience booking