Driver Training Sessions

The 2024 Driver Training sessions are on June 8th & 9th.

Each year according to demand, we host Driver Training weekends. The railway is turned over to the training of novices in the art of opperating and running model steam locomotives.

The course is aimed at those who have either bought a working model from Kingscale and the like or who own –  constructing a model – though there is nothing to stop any locomotive owner availing themselves of this opportunity to gain experience in a fully supervised enviroment on how to operate a locomotive.  Compentant drivers are also welcome to come and enjoy running on our railway which will be operating to full size practice, fully signaled and block-worked.

Trainee drivers must be 14 years or older. For the morning seccision trainees are firstly briefed in the theory of the operation of steam locomotives and railways, followed by a walk around the track where the signals and point-work are explained to them. They are then shown how to raise a fire in a locomotive to raise steam, oil round and to do some simple driving movements; all under the direct supervision of an RSME experienced driver on a one-to-one basis.

After lunch they raise steam themselves and progress onto driving around the track and eventually hauling trains of coaches or wagons. In the past we have seen couples learning together (a case of if you cannot beat them, join them!).

There is ample accommodation available in the surrounding area for those from afar, contact us if you can not locate somewhere suitable.

Anyone wishing to apply go to the Driver Training Application.