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Diesel Driver Experience Courses

Enjoy the thrill of a lifetime, or perhaps realise a childhood dream, by learning what it feels like to experience life as the Driver and Secondman of a heritage diesel locomotive built for British Railways over 40 years ago. - Now only £280!

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Experience the power and feel the surge of adrenalin as you take the controls of a working former main line diesel, joining the crew in the cab for a day out to remember.

Treat that special person in your life, or even pamper yourself, to an unforgettable experience savouring the power of heritage diesel traction!

The Bodmin & Wenford Railway offers one day Diesel Driver Experience Courses each spring and autumn, enabling people to realise their ambition and make long held dreams become reality.

With challenging gradients as steep as 1in37 and a three coach train you'll hear the roar of the English Electric or Sulzer engine as you push the power handle.

Our Diesel Driver Experience Courses are designed for moderately fit men and women (aged eighteen or over) to experience aspects of the railway that are unseen by the majority of our visitors.

During the course you will experience work as a Driver, Secondman and Guard and visit the signalbox, guided by enthusiastic and fully qualified railway staff. The day consists of two or three light engine runs over one of our lines and the locomotive is then coupled to the carriages for the afternoon trips.

Lunch and refreshments are provided to all participants.

Accompanying guests are also welcome to share the experience, and may travel on the train free of charge.

To mark the occasion each participant is presented with a certificate at the end of the day.

Buying as a Gift..?

Our Diesel Driver Experience Courses make the perfect gift!

If you are booking this course as a gift for that special someone we are happy to keep the booking confidential until near to the course date.

We can also provide a voucher and card for you to give to the participant - please select this option when booking.

General Information

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A Diesel Driver Experience Course on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway costs £280 which includes membership of the Bodmin Railway Preservation Society (BRPS).

Membership of the BRPS provides additional benefits including an excellent magazine three times a year and travel concessions.


To arrange a course, please contact us via email enquiries@bodminrailway.co.uk and an application form will be sent to you.

The date of a  course is by arrangement. These are usually held in February, March, October and November.

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Conditions of Booking

If we cancel your course:

Whilst every effort will be made to operate Diesel Driver Experience Courses on the dates advertised and agreed, there may be occasions when we have to curtail or cancel a course for operational reasons. If we cancel your course we will offer you:

an alternative date or
a full refund of the course fee

We will not reimburse travel or accommodation charges associated with a curtailed or cancelled course.

If you cancel your course:

Cancelled bookings are subject to the following charges being made;

These charges may be waived in the event of extenuating circumstances

The full course fee is payable at the time of booking.

Once the date of the course has been agreed it will be confirmed by letter.