Footplate Experience

We currently offer three levels of footplate experiences; Tin, Bronze and Silver. We hope to be able to offer the Gold Footplate experience again later in the 2014 season. Gift vouchers of varying amounts can be bought from our on-line shop here and used as part payment for our courses.

Details and pricing about each of our Footplate Experiences are shown below:

Tin Experience ‘A view from the front’ £175

An outbound footplate ride in the cab of a Diesel locomotive from Pickering to Grosmont (18 miles) and a travel ticket for return “on the cushions” (aboard a carriage) at your leisure later in the day.

Also included is one-year membership of the NYMR,  a souvenir certificate signed by your driver and a voucher for use in our Tea rooms.

Available dates

This course operates on the following Mondays:

2014 dates will be issued soon – Please contact if you would like to be added to the contact list for 2014 Tin Experiences

Bronze Experience £330

A return footplate ride between Pickering and Grosmont.

The fee includes lunch; one-year Membership of the NYMR, a souvenir certificate signed by your driver and a polo shirt.

Your return journey will take you a total of 36 miles, a total elapsed time of 3 hours.

The course operates Mondays – Fridays (some exceptions) throughout the main running period.   We regret,  there are no weekend dates and the course does not run on special event days or Bank Holidays.

Gift Vouchers can be purchased for our 2014 Bronze courses via our online shop.

Read an account of one persons Bronze Experience on the Footplate

Available dates

October – 21, 22, 28, 30, 31

Contact Gerry Bacon on 01751 473799 Ext. 232 or email for more information or to make a booking.

Silver Experience- £595

This course will utilize the light engine 1230 service from Grosmont and return at 1400 from Pickering, finishing at approximately 1515. Please be aware that this course is a light engine movement only – no carriages will be attached to the locomotive.

The fee includes; one-year Membership of the NYMR and a souvenir certificate signed by your driver.

Report to our offices at Grosmont by 0930, enjoy a light breakfast and then join one of our instructors for a short walk to the Locomotive Depot for a safety briefing. Next under supervision you will prepare the engine; oiling up, examining, checking fuel and equipment and raising steam pressure. Once the engine is ready you will be given instructions on how to operate and have time to familiarise yourself with the controls and how the engine works. A packed lunch will be provided to keep you going through the rest of the day.

Available dates

No dates currently available.

Contact Gerry Bacon on 01751 473799 Ext. 232 or email for more information or to make a booking.

Gold Experience - £1495

5 Day Course (Maximum of 4 persons on each course)

Day 1: We meet you at Grosmont Tea Room for breakfast at 09:00 hrs. Then one of our instructors will take you on a short walk to the Locomotive Depot for a safety briefing, after which you will spend the day in the Engineman’s Mutual Improvement Classroom, for both theoretical and practical instruction on all aspects of locomotive and railway operation, including safety rules, signaling, boiler management, combustion, valve events, injectors, lubrication and braking systems. The day concludes around 17:00 hrs.

Day 2: Starting at 08:30 at the shed for more theory and practical instruction.

Day 3: At 08:30, under instruction you fully prepare the engine ready for work. You will familiarise yourself with the controls and how the engine handles by moving it around the shed yard, with precision stopping and coupling up; finally disposing of the engine around 17:00 hrs.

Days 4 & 5 The Real Thing: Starting at 08:30 we prepare the engine and work a train of passenger vehicles on two return journeys through to Pickering each day with you and the other participants driving and firing, concluding around 19:00 each day.

Full lunch is provided on days 1-3 with a packed lunch on days 4 & 5.

To download this information in a PDF document, click here

Read an account of a Gold Footplate Experience here

Available dates

All dates for 2013 have been cancelled, we hope to run our Gold Experience again in the 2014 season. If you would like to be added to our contact list for 2014 bookings please email

All courses are available for physically fit participants aged between 16 and 70 years only due to insurance purposes.

Please note that the price covers food and travel for the participant only.

Todays Services

Services for Tuesday, 21st October

2807 - 28xx

45428 - Eric Treacy

61264 - LNER B1

63395 - LNER Q6

D7628 - Sybilla (Diesel)


Locomotive allocation subject to change at any time.
Last updated: 20th October 4:20PM

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