MSLR Driver Experience

Try your hand at driving a steam engine with our Driver Experience programme

2020 Driver Experience dates

All new bookings are temporarily suspended

Following the current Government advice regarding Coronavirus, for the welfare of our visitors and staff, the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway are postponing all Driver Experiences for April and May.  The June Driver Experience dates will be reviewed in May and a decision on these will be made in accordance with Government advice at that time.

Saturday 18th April – postponed

Saturday 16th May – All sessions now fully booked – postponed

Friday 22nd May – postponed

Saturday 13th June – postponed

Saturday 20th June – postponed

Saturday 11th July – postponed

Saturday 18th July – postponed

Saturday 1st August – postponed

Saturday 8th August – postponed

The Mid-Suffolk Light Railway offers you the chance to take the controls of a steam locomotive on our demonstration line.  See below for booking details.

The driver experience

Take control of one of our engines for a few hours along the whole of our 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 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.

Friends and family are welcome to join you for your special day (not on the loco) and your booking includes free entry, tea or coffee for two friends or family members.

Booking for this experience must be in advance as early as possible using the contact details below.

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 Experiences per session on each of the specified dates.

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

Cost: £240 per person

Book a Driver Experience

To enquire about a Driver Experience, please complete the form and send to


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