Did you know that you can drive and fire a Steam Engine with us?
This hands on experience course allows you to meet, fire and drive a full size steam locomotive.
In 2017 we welcome back to service Peckett 2150 Mardy Monster, the largest industrial engine in preservation, following an extensive overhaul and will be delighted to offer Mardy and similar engines, like Stephenson built Birkenhead, on our Footplate courses. Whichever engine, you will have a great time experiencing these powerful machines first hand.
All steam locomotives had two crew; the driver and the fireman. We will give you insight into the joy of driving and firing a steam engine as we welcome two delegates aboard one of our industrial locomotives. Our challenging 1 in 37 gradient is an unforgettable highlight as you tackle a hill start and keep steam up!
With our Yorkshire Heritage and Yorkshire Hospitality, the smell of steam and hot oil, the heat from the fire and the sound and power of the engine; a fantastic experience on the footplate is offered at Elsecar Heritage Railway. Guests are welcome to watch and take photographs too. Courses are very popular, so hurry and book your place. Gift vouchers are available too.
Our line, built 1850, served coal mines along its length from Elsecar to Cortonwood. We now run on one mile of track, currently being extended, which will be travelled several times during the experience. The Coalfield Line has steep gradients and curves, making it perfect for a footplate experience learning, including hill starts!
After a warm welcome and safety briefing, two delegates will join the engine to be supervised by our experienced and qualified crew. You will learn about driving and firing a magnificent engine and get to try out the shovel and controls yourself. Boilersuits, gloves, plus tea or coffee, will be provided, along with an attendance certificate. Guests receive refreshments too. Delegates must be 18 years old or over and be able to climb into an engine.
A one hour course costs £139.
A two hour course costs £258.
A one hour course for two delegates booked together is £258.
Steam Courses run on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from April to October.
To start booking your place, please download and fill in this application form.
If you already have a voucher or gift certificate, please request a date for a course using the online request form.
(please do not use the enquiries email for footplate correspondence)
All courses are subject to availability.
Administration is the responsibility of one part-time volunteer, who aims to reply to calls and emails within 72 hours. You are most likely to speak directly to her between 5.30 and 8pm most evenings except Wednesdays. If there is no reply, please leave a message on the answerphone.
All courses are subject to EHR terms and conditions.
Please make all cheques payable to: Elsecar Heritage Railway Ltd.
Courses are limited to a maximum of two participants.
If necessary the Railway may postpone course dates without notice.