Ever fancied experiencing the thrill of riding on the footplate of a steam loco? Here is your chance to have a full day on the footplate of one of our two steam locos, either Lady Augusta or Bunty. Your day starts with a safety briefing complete with a tour of Heatherslaw sheds and yard. You will then be introduced to your loco with full instructions on how a steam locomotive works, how to drive, fire and prepare the loco for the day's operation. Once we have cleaned, polished and raised steam you and your instructor will attach the loco to the service train (8 coaches), then complete 5 full round trips to Etal.

Included in the day is a packed lunch from BOES across at Heatherslaw Mill. 

The last task of the day is to ensure the loco is ready for the following day's service. Your experience includes a full round trip for up to 4 people  on one of your trains. Start 08:30 finish 16:30, minimum age 18

23rd Sept Footplate Experience

  • Guests are asked to provide overalls/old clothes (preferably not nylon), strong boots and gloves.

    Lunch is provided and consists of a packed picnic provided by BOES cafe; please advise us on any dietary requirements or allergies.

    For accomodation in the area, there are various options:


    If there are any other details we should know about, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@heatherslawlightrailway.co.uk