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Steam & Diesel Train Experiences, Train Driving and Excursions

Ever wondered what it is like to drive Steam Train or a Diesel Engine?, or enjoy a relaxing journey to historic cities around the UK aboard The Belmond Northern Belle or Cathedral Express and relive the golden age of steam.

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A Steam Train Experience Guide

Are you a train aficionado? Do you fancy the chance to drive a steam engine? If the answer to these questions is yes, then the choice of Steam Train Trips will suit you down to the ground. Enthusiasts can travel on a nostalgic journey, or can even take control of the trains themselves. With prices starting from under £30, there is something to suit everyone's tastes, and budget. So why not book a trip aboard a piece of history today, with one of the many steam train trips available?

Overview of Packages

There are a number of different packages available for the train lovers amongst you. You can travel through some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK, or have a go at driving a steam train yourself. If you really want to splash out, why not book a romantic day for two on the Cathedral Express? The Northern Belle journey for two offers a delicious meal, and free entry to a stately home or castle, so you can see how the other half used to live. The steam train trips are so diverse and they vary in cost, so check the current price of your preferred experience before booking.

Where do the trains begin their journey?

Most journeys start from London stations, although a few do depart from different locations around the UK, such as Kent or Derbyshire. Check before you book your steam train journey for the departure locations.

Details of steam train experiences

Climb aboard a classic diesel locomotive and take in the breathtaking countryside as the train weaves its way through local villages. With unlimited travel on the day, the trains run for over five hours, and refreshments are available at the stations. Some of the trains have buffet cars as well, so enjoy a snack as the train meanders its way through the wonderful scenery. Despite their age, all engines used on this experience have facilities suitable and adaptable for the disabled.

The Cathedral Express experiences offered vary in detail, but all have one thing in common; they all take in some historic English cathedral cities. If this tickles your fancy, then these packages are for you. Whether you are travelling alone, or desire a romantic day out for two, you are sure to be thrilled by the stunning locations visited on this tour. The Steam Train Journey for One takes you on a fabulous trip through the English countryside. Enjoy something to eat from the buffet service on board; this is not included in the price, but you will receive a commemorative DVD of the day.

Travelling with a friend, or a loved one, enables you to appreciate the day more as you both marvel at the beautiful countryside you pass by. The Steam Train Journey for Two makes this possible and you can relax as you take in the sights, with a licenced bar to help you chill out even more. A nostalgic DVD is included in the cost of this experience.

If you want more than a simple day relaxing aboard a steam train, how about a luxury day out for one, or two, aboard the Cathedral Express? Take in the amazing sights in the south-east of England, as you sit in the dining car of the train. You will be served a champagne breakfast on the journey, and on the return trip a four-course dinner will be provided. A souvenir DVD is yours to keep as well on this luxuriously enjoyable day out. These packages will certainly have you living the high life, as you experience the beauty and nostalgia of the age of steam.

If you've ever fancied driving a steam or diesel train, you now can with the taster sessions that let you take control. You'll get some expert tuition to begin with, and then you can actually run the train for part of the journey. So whether you prefer diesel or steam, the choice is yours. Lunch is provided on these trips that will satisfy every fan of train travel.

A full day behind the controls of a steam train may seem like a dream come true, and that is exactly what it can be with the Steam Train Driving Experience. You'll get to start the train on its journey, drive it through the beautiful Kent countryside, and gradually bring it to a halt. You will also visit a locomotive yard, and get to see how a signal box works. Breakfast and lunch are included in the price, so this day will satisfy the truly passionate train enthusiasts.

If you like the Derbyshire countryside and want to get behind the controls of a steam locomotive, then the Driving Experience for One is the choice for you. You will get to switch tracks at a station during a journey that takes in the Gentle Valley. Lunch is included, and the day will be one you'll never forget.

You will have seen the films, now you can live the life of a film star as you climb aboard these famous trains. The trip includes a meal, either brunch or high tea, and smart dress is essential. Tradition is the order of the day and the return journey will include a visit to a stately home or a castle. Unfortunately, wheelchairs (other than foldable wheelchairs) cannot be taken aboard the train. The minimum age for boarding is 18.

Which steam experience should you choose?

The choice of experience is yours alone, and it all depends on your enthusiasm for trains. If you want a romantic day out then there are a number of choices, or maybe you want to learn how to drive a train. Either way, these packages are the most relaxing way to travel through the stunning British countryside.

Restrictions vary, so check the individual packages before you book.